[K12OSN] diskless client labs are supercomputers

James P. Kinney III jkinney at localnetsolutions.com
Sat Nov 15 03:19:03 UTC 2008

I was envisioning a rework of the "I'm a Mac, I'm a PC" ad.

"Hello. I'm A Mac"
"<crackle><tinny voice> I'm a PC"

room fills with little kids...

<chorus> "Hello! We're a Linux thin client super computing cluster!"

- mac just open his mouth and closes it with out saying anything
- PC stammers and falls over.

mob of kid/TCs move around the room seemingly randomly but periodically,
they form letters to spell L I N U X


Actually, it should be possible to load in distributed tools like seti
at home and world community grid onto the client image so they can chug
useful stuff during lull times.

On Fri, 2008-11-14 at 10:25 -0800, Robert Arkiletian wrote:
> Schools which use diskless clients can utilize distcc
> http://code.google.com/p/distcc/
> to turn their school or lab into a supercomputer for C or C++ compilation
> purposes. What a neat project that would be to implement. Imagine
> compiling the Linux kernel in under 1 minute. Imagine a senior high
> school programming class having access to a compiler farm.
> -- 
> Robert Arkiletian
> Eric Hamber Secondary, Vancouver, Canada
> Fl_TeacherTool http://www3.telus.net/public/robark/Fl_TeacherTool/
> C++ GUI tutorial http://www3.telus.net/public/robark/
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James P. Kinney III          
CEO & Director of Engineering 
Local Net Solutions,LLC                           

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