Distributed processing over a network

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Jarrad

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The other day I was taking a tour of a facility in which several servers were housed for government/county webpages. While I was there I spoke to the head Network Admin who said he had previously worked to develop software which allowed several computers to be joined together via a local area network or through a direct connection and to share in memory storage, disk storage, and distribute processing between the computers. He said that the more computers you have hooked together, the faster the main computer will run, in turn using many cheaper computers to allow just one to function at the speed of a much more expensive computer. It makes sense that if such a thing were possible it would be more cost effective to go out and by 3 $600 dell computers rather than buying a $8,000 computer that has the combined specs. Is such a product publicly available? And is it as easy as it sounds? If so I have quite a few older computers laying around.
 
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