At our university, our section had a grant of several old P4 computers. We decided on using them to create a 3x3 grid, which would function as a medium for our off-hand processing work. However, as of now, this is all we have done :
This is a video streaming running in 9 parts using vlc/ssh scripts to manage it.
As of now all the computers are connected to a single network, and managed using ssh key based authentication. I would love to hear some innovative ideas. Some hardware details are provided :
1gb RAM, Intel Pentium 4 2.4 GHz, 40GB HDD running Lucid
Particularly, I was thinking about the 40gb Portion being used as a cloud-based storage space for people. Something along the lines of sparkleshare or Owncloud but they don't seem to offer multiple computer based network. If there is someway to harness the computing ability of this grid, I would also like to hear about it.