Re: Linking Machines
On Tue, 8 Dec 1998, Mitch Blevins wrote:
> Sean P. Mason wrote:
> > I was wondering. . . I have a bunch of old machines, and I was wondering
> > if it was possible to link them all together to act as a single machine
> > under Linux. I can't seem to find any information elsewhere thus far.
> > I have six 386 Sx-16s with a meg of RAM and 40 megs of space each, and one
> > machine around a 486 Dx with 8 megs ram and 200 megs of a hard drive.
> GNU/Linux wont really make several machines act as one. Most of the
> clustering capabilities come from the software, which is able to divide
> it's work up and distribute it over several machines. This is specialized
> (mostly scientific) software that is not going to speed up your
> (for instance) web browsing.
> What you can do is run one program on machine A and another on machine B
> (showing them both on the same terminal) and get the benefits of
> multitasking without having one machine take the load of both programs.
> But I'm not sure how effective this will be on those 386's. The
> memory is a little low.
> However, if all these machines have network cards, you have the perfect
> platform to learn about networking. Set it up as 2 or 3 subnets and have
> one of your machines route between them.
> I guess it all depends... what do you want to do?
Oh, sorry. Wrong thread :-)
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