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#2392 - 02/26/04 09:52 AM distributed computing
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this was something i was just thinking of for fun. and i wanted to get more info on it...but i really couldn't find what i was looking for. i guess my first question would be...what's the difference between distributed computing and cluster computing? also, are all distributed computing programs proprietary? i'm asking, just cuz with a recent problem with my slack setup, i'm using windows lately...well, in part of my boredom, i copied my linux password file onto this machine to run it against john the ripper...just to see how long a brute force attack would take. Then i started thinking...well, it'd be faster if i could do this between two computers. and thus, my little search began. so i've looked around, and all i see is just things like, set@home, etc.... and then on the windows website, a bit of talk about windows 2000 server clustering...but i didn't see anything of interest. this has led me to believe that most of this stuff is as is. which means, if i want to do this cracking between computers...i'd have to write my own program to do it. now that'd be cool, cuz i'd have a reason to do it and i'd have motivation...but that's also kinda above my programming level. so i was just curious if anyone knew anything about this, or could give me any place that has information on being able to do this type of thing on a home network.

btw, i know of knoppix-cluster, and am fairly interested in it...but just haven't looked at it. also, i'd prefer to use some sort of software i can use while on windows as well.//

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#2393 - 03/01/04 05:36 AM Re: distributed computing
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Platforms supported are Linux, Unix, Win32 and MacOS X.

Seems to be what you are looking for.
you specify master and slave computers the master sends the computing out to the slaves.

I've actually beent thinking of trying something like this myself since i have a few computers that dont really do a lot with their CPU cycles.


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