I've set up a couple of Macs at home per the instructions at Charles' Stanford site, and also downloaded the Xgrid widget on the sole (Tiger) Intel Mac. The widget is blinking yellow, which I guess means it's not working on anything at the moment. And there's no obvious evidence that the other (Panther) machines are getting any work.
I gather that this is not one of those monstrous projects like Seti@home or Folding@home where there is always plenty of work for any hosts who can do it, which is actually fine for my situation. But it occurs to me that if I missed a step or a typo slipped in somewhere, I may not be doing any good at all. In addition, there's the question of whatever firewall my ISP may have in place to block incoming connections to specific ports; e.g., if I never get any inbound connections when I run BitTorrent to pick up the latest Linux distribution for my PC, is it likely that Stanford also can't contact my machine to hand work out?
Also, what role does the OSX 'name' of my computer play with this distributed processing? Does it need to be unique among the hundreds or thousands of other folks in the Xgrid? Other than Charles' note asking for the name of the computer, I don't recall anything anywhere mentioning this issue.
At the moment, I'm running Folding@Home's beta SMP client on the Intel Core Duo machine, so at least that's not going to waste, but I like the Xgrid idea better in general, so I'd prefer to use it for at least some of my hardware.
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