DIY server farm? Check!

Free turnkey application purportedly leverages multicore CPU technology to transform any desktop computer into a miniature compute farm or cluster system.

I won't pretend to know exactly what's going on here, but check back with me in about a month. Altair

Need a little extra computing power, but don't want to pay for it? Sure, we all do.

Altair was probably thinking along the same lines Monday when it announced its Personal PBS. It's a free turnkey application that purportedly leverages multicore CPU technology to transform any desktop computer into a miniature compute farm or cluster system.

In addition, for an (undisclosed as of yet) fee, PBS provides an upgrade option path that lets customers submit jobs from their personal desktop to back-end server systems running PBS Professional.

Altair expects this new product to appeal to the open-source community, academia, small- and medium-size businesses, and corporate clients. Personal PBS is available for download at no charge at here.

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