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Old Jul 27th, 2005, 01:28 PM   #1
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Cool Combine G4 and G5 for Super Computer?

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After getting my dual 2.3 G5, I was going to sell my G4 dual 533 DA. But then I had a hard time finding an adapter card for all my old ATA drives (never did find one that works). Then I had an idea;
The best and most powerful ATA storage enclosure/solution would be to keep all my old drives inside and attached to my G4, and network my G4 with my G5.

And then I had a question; Can I connect the two computers to increase my processing power, thereby turning my system into a MegaDigitalEditingMonsterMachine?!!
Huh?! Can I?!! Can I?!!
Or do you think I'd be better off just selling the G4, all the old drives, and upgrading to more serial drives and enclosures?
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Old Jul 27th, 2005, 01:36 PM   #2
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Yes you can. I recently was reading a back issue of MacAddict where they explained in detail how to do this. If I can dig it up I'll send it to you.
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Old Jul 27th, 2005, 01:39 PM   #3
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Yes you can. I recently was reading a back issue of MacAddict where they explained in detail how to do this. If I can dig it up I'll send it to you.
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Old Jul 27th, 2005, 02:00 PM   #4
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You can, with limitations.

To use distributed processing, the application must be written specially to "farm out" tasks to more than one machine, and re-assemble the results. Or at least it must have the programming hooks built into it so a third-party distributed computing management software can handle that job.

These hooks are usually found in high end 3D modelling and video applications, seldom in commercial graphics or office type software. It won't help your Photoshop work or MS Office in other words.

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Old Jul 27th, 2005, 02:28 PM   #5
 
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Give up on the idea of your g4 adding anything to your G5.

A cool thing to do would be to take out the motherboard, fill up the case with hard drives, attach them to a firewire bridgeboard, which would be powered by the power supply that is already in the case.

Then hook up the the G5 and build yourself a raid array.

You can find all the parts from these retailers...

http://www.fwdepot.com/thestore/default.php

http://www.cooldrives.com/firewirecdrw.html









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Hi Friends
After getting my dual 2.3 G5, I was going to sell my G4 dual 533 DA. But then I had a hard time finding an adapter card for all my old ATA drives (never did find one that works). Then I had an idea;
The best and most powerful ATA storage enclosure/solution would be to keep all my old drives inside and attached to my G4, and network my G4 with my G5.

And then I had a question; Can I connect the two computers to increase my processing power, thereby turning my system into a MegaDigitalEditingMonsterMachine?!!
Huh?! Can I?!! Can I?!!
Or do you think I'd be better off just selling the G4, all the old drives, and upgrading to more serial drives and enclosures?
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Old Jul 28th, 2005, 01:39 AM   #6
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ANDREWW vs. Corinthian!

I am running mostly FCP Studio, Garageband, PhotoShop, Dreamweaver.
Any potentially distributed processing going on here?

Also, anyone using external, fanless, SATA drive enclosures? - What brand, price, and where did you get them?

Thanks, brilliant EhMaccers!
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ANDREWW vs. Corinthian!
I love a challenge.

I've posted the document here;

http://pages.istar.ca/~andreww/Supercomputer.pdf
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I love a challenge.

I've posted the document here;

http://pages.istar.ca/~andreww/Supercomputer.pdf
Oh! Oh! Oh! I looked over the article! Excellent! This looks so cool, so fun, so easy!!

Thank you, Andrew-with-the-extra-w!!

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Your welcome.

btw its pronounced Andrew-dub-ya
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repost new link please

hey andreww
could you please repost that link about combining two macs?
Thanks in advance!
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