sent out its usual flurry of press releases as CEO Steve Jobs’
Macworld Conference & Expo
keynote wound down on Tuesday, and among them was an unheralded announcement of Xgrid, a computational clustering technology created by Apple’s Advanced Computation Group.
“Xgrid makes it easy to turn your Mac cluster into a supercomputer,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice-president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Xgrid’s software agents use Rendezvous to automatically discover, connect and manage tasks across available systems in a Mac cluster.”
Xgrid is aimed at compute-intensive locations, where it creates a grid-enabled “virtual” IT environment that grabs untapped computing capacity and uses it to run batch and workload processing. Up to 84 PowerPC G5 processors can be clustered to create a supercomputer with 1.5 teraflops of processing power. The Xgrid console allows you to manage your new computer behemoth. Xgrid is available now as a free Beta download from the Apple’s Web site.