[Beowulf] 3d rendering cluster

Andrew Piskorski atp at piskorski.com
Tue May 24 12:35:45 PDT 2005

On Tue, May 24, 2005 at 02:48:31PM +0100, John Hearns wrote:

> Does this Windows software require direct access to the hardware?
> If it works OK, you could use virtualization such as Zen on Linux nodes
> to give you Windows machines for the sound application.

No, that won't work.  The Xen researchers did port Windows to run on
top of Xen, but AFAIK Microsoft either refused outright to let them
release it, or has not yet given permission.  So unless you already
have a Windows XP source license (and maybe even then), you are
definitely out of luck there.  (I am told Xen works very very well
with Linux, though.)


You probably could run this (unspecified) Windows app under VMware,
but you'll probably take a significant performance hit.  (Try the
latest VMware version 5, it is supposed to be faster.)  You might even
be able to run it under Wine, which if it works at all would
presumably be faster than VMware.

Andrew Piskorski <atp at piskorski.com>

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