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Multiple computers/processors in one computer


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Hi,

Sorry I don't know the technical terms but I'm wanting to build a computer that has multiple computers inside it. Particularly I'm after something that has multiple processors, say more than 10, so that I can assign different tasks to different processors.

I know this is probably a stupid newbie question but is this possible? And if it's out there what's it called and how can I make one or acquire one?


Thanks in advance,
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About the best you can do is a quad processor motherboard like the below.

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813151008

There are plenty of dual processor motherboards.

http://www.directron.com/dual.html

Unless you are running a server on the internet you really don't need these server motherboards. Now i have a quad core Intel computer that i am going to use for video editing. I have found that even core 2 duo processors take some time to do video editing so i am trying the quads core.

For the most part a single computer built with the best parts would do you better than a server computer.

I really thing the slowest part of most computers is the software sitting between the chair and the monitor.

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This question covers two possible areas.

In the case of the "two brains on one chip" area, this is a dual-core system that only uses one physical chip. In Windows you can assign certain processes to certain cores. Same with quad-core chips as well, which are four brains on one chip.

In the case of there being two physical processors, this is known as a dual processor board. However only XP Professional will the second and subsequent processors - XP Home will only see the first one.

Theoretically you should be able to buy boards with dual-processor capabilities and have each processor being dual or quad-core, which would give you up to eight brains on two chips. However again, XP Professional would be needed to take advantage of the second processor.

Edited by Neil Jones, 26 April 2008 - 02:54 PM.

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Thanks for your replies guys. I'm still interested in running 10 or more processors so I'd be keen to hear the options for such a beast.

SRX660 : You mentioned servers on the Internet. Could you please clarify if what I'm talking about is a server? Do they have more than 10 processors?
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There is still information on the internet on the old multi processor computers of the olden days( ( say over 10 years ago).

Such As:

http://www.openpa.ne...s.html#overview

http://h18002.www1.h...ax6000_600.html

http://www-03.ibm.co.../595/index.html

These cover the most server computer that were used. There were special computer built but they were one of a kind and few are still running. The new x86 computers were so much more powerful and easier to use that they superceded those early computers. Just remember that in this infant industry the newest computers are also the fastest ones on the planet.

Where i work we are still running a AS/400 server. I wish they would upgrade, but the IT people are old geezers that won't change( by the way i'm almost 60 yo, but don't consider myself a old geezer).

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I happened to have this issue of extreme mag on my desktop, so i went looking for the article on line. It may be something for you to think about..

Computer Render farm

http://www.extremete...,1847365,00.asp

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so that I can assign different tasks to different processors.

give me the names of the programs or processes you want to run concurrently ...
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