Originally Posted by not1lost
Hey there Lemon Bon Bon~! I'm still out here reading waiting and watching... Trying to take it all in... Yes I started out wanting a Mac Pro but as time has went on I have pretty much ruled it out first of all it would be overkill for me and second it does seem like a step in the other direction of where the industry is going... The power of the iMac and Mac Mini is amazing and in a much smaller package plus a much smaller price tag. Like you I dont care for laptops I have had a stack of them and didnt like any of them. I have an iPad2 that will do all that I need to do away from the house in a much more convenient package. But back to the subject; I am swaying between the iMac and the Mac Mini and being this late in the game unless a rediculously low sale comes around I'll probably wait and get the new model. What I am wondering about was about your comment above; I was thinking about this the other day, while I am not as tech savy as many here I cant see why stacking a couple Mac Mini's somehow linking them together for double everything wouldn't work? I'm sure there is something I dont understand but it is a great thought. a pair of new Ivy bridge Mac Mini's linked together would form one awesome "BigMacMini" Is it doable
Hmm. I have heard of artists keeping their old rigs along with their newer ones and over time they have a mini render farm. I've read interviews where they talk about doing it. Many hands light work on all that.
I think you need additional 'node' render licenses with some 3D software. And there's how you link the machines up to enable each machine to do it's share of the render and then put back it back together.
I've never done it myself, so I can't give an accurate technical description.
At the very least. If you had 4 entry Mac Minis, you have 8 cores there. But it's the linking them together. Thunderbolt can either carry compute data or it can't?
Somebody more technical than me could outline/explain how to create a small render farm process eg for a 3D artist. It is of some interest to me. I'd like the notion of having a top end iMac as my base machine and adding a couple of i7 Minis over time to help with the 3D render workload.
That's one example.
X-Grid was oft talked about excitedly several years back. One poster mentioned it needs at least 3 Macs to work...
*thinks. Anybody remember that Tau Ceti space search thing where compute resources can be given via the host machines. Heck, even remote machine/virus have been known to steel computer cycles from a PC machine?
I'm sure someone knows more about this stuff than me. Distributed computing does interest me.
It's not a mainstream idea yet...but maybe that's where someone like Apple could come in.
Sure, the iOS cross pollination eco system going into Mountain Lion is nice but I'd like some other substantial and interesting ideas for better performance like the above to be looked into with OSX.
Lemon Bon Bon.