[RC5] Putting Postscript printers to work

Nick 'SOL' Schmitt schmitt at suba.com
Tue Jun 2 23:21:48 EDT 1998

In my experience with postscript printers, there are three types.

Large RIPS that are busy 101% of the time.  If anyone tried to run
something that would slow the RIP the production manager would kill them.

Office printers that slammed 50% of the time and idle the rest.

Home printers that are off 95% of the time.

The high-end machines could really make a dent, but they are just too
expensive to have doing anything other than imaging.  The home printers are
underpowered and off most of the time.

That leaves the Office printer.  There aren't a ton of them when you
compare the number to systems, but most have good processors, and time to

>This topic already emerged some time ago but spawned no discussion,
>seems strange to me since it looks like the cumulative power of all
>printers our there may well be worth the coding.
>A fellow student of mine, now out of sight, has actually done
>calculations by
>sending through the network postscript files containing his algorithm.So
>may be a possibility for a client based on the PC herding a bunch of
>The only problem I can see is that the printer seems to process each
>job sequentially, which means that the printer would indeed be barred
>processing the next job in the queue until it is done with RC5...
>Is there some kind of queue management allowing for the jobs being
>as low priority and dropped in the eventuality of another one coming up
>the queue ?
>Can anybody point to ressources where this kind of questions may be
>answered ?
>May the Pharce be with you
>"Everything that can be invented has been invented."
>        --Charles H. Duell, Commissioner,
>           U.S. Office of Patents, 1899.
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