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From "Niels Basjes (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Created: (HADOOP-3978) Using regular desktops as hadoop slaves
Date Wed, 20 Aug 2008 11:44:47 GMT
Using regular desktops as hadoop slaves
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                 Key: HADOOP-3978
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HADOOP-3978
             Project: Hadoop Core
          Issue Type: Wish
         Environment: 1) Windows XP/Vista
2) MAC OS/X, Linux
            Reporter: Niels Basjes
            Priority: Minor


In many companies there are a lot of desktop systems (usually XP) running all day without
doing really much work.
The basic idea of this wish is similar to what SETI@home did in a screen saver: Turn the idle
time of many desktops into a lot of hadoop slaves.

My wish is that an easy to deploy package (MSI package?) is created that turns an XP system
into a hadoop slave.
The primary task of such a system is being a user desktop. So the hadoop software on such
a slave will have restrictions on how many system resources (memory, cpu, network) it can
use.

Having such a feature will make it viable for small companies to start using hadoop for tasks
and experiments.

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