Grid for MPEG-4 processing? Really

Sometimes the most obvious application can prove to be a killer application. While rest of the world searches for grid nirvana, analyst Ahmar Abbas suggests a very simple use of the grid computing resources. ‘So, after shooting the future Palme D’Or winning masterpiece with our digital camera there begins the painful process of encoding the video stream to compress the raw digital video data in order to make transmission and storage more practical. With 31 million homes having more than one PC and half of those homes having local area networks, it wouldn’t be too outrageous to want to distribute the encoding process to the other (presumably idle) PCs in our home,” he writes in an article for Grid Today magazine. GridIron Software of Ottawa, Canada has successfully encoded MPEG-4 video using multiple computers with its GridIron XLR8? software for distributed computing.