Well something similar to that.
Got an ancient desktop running a ubuntu-based distro and an equally ancient macbook.
Would like to connect and utilize both their computing capability for day-to-day tasks, you know like browsing, gaming, coding, movies, etc.
Have heard of cluster computers, which look good but most of them suggest a similar hardware. And also read that they can actually get counter-useful because of the way the master node would task the sub-nodes, so lot of wasteful energy consumption of the sub-nodes if the master dont delegate.
But I only have a vague idea.
Question is, a desktop and a laptop, with different hardware, can it be made to work in tandem, elegantly and for normal tasks? And how?
Desktop specs (Elementary OS, 32-bit)
1. Intel Pentium Dual Core CPU E2180 @ 2.00GHz
2. 1GB RAM SDRAM (yeah, its that old!)
3. 160GB SATA Disk
4. Intel Corporation 82945G/GZ Integrated Graphics Controller
Laptop specs (Snow Leopard, 32-bit?)
1. Intel Core 2 Duo CPU @ 2.16GHz
2. 2GB 667MHz DDR2 RAM
3. 250GB SSD
4. Intel GMA 950 64MB
PS - Of course, will put in Ubuntu-based distro in both.
PPS - There should be a solution, right?
PPPS - A step-by-step would be cool.
EDIT - Have read many threads, and they all state the accessing the RAM of a different machine is too costly. So there can be a scenario where the RAM is shared as one and only the CPU is "clustered" as such. OR maybe putting a big RAM in one of the machine, whichever is easier.