A mini-supercomputer for the rest of us

I recently contributed to the kickstarter project, Parallela which I would like to selfishly mention here. This is an interesting project that wants to develop highly cost effective small parallel machines. For example their smallest multi-process machine will cost $99 dollars and comprise of 16 processors controlled by a dual-core ARM A9 CPU, full spec is given below:

  • Dual-core ARM A9 CPU
  • Epiphany Multicore Accelerator (16 or 64 cores)
  • 1GB RAM
  • MicroSD Card
  • USB 2.0 (two)
  • Two general purpose expansion connectors
  • Ethernet 10/100/1000
  • HDMI connection
  • Ships with Ubuntu OS
  • Ships with free open source Epiphany development tools that include C compiler, multicore debugger, Eclipse IDE, OpenCL SDK/compiler, and run time libraries.
  • Dimensions are 3.4” x 2.1”

    This machine is sort of like the multi-processor equivalent to the Raspberry Pi.. The next level board will have 64 processors for $200 which is incredible value. The catch is that the people behind the project must reach their goal.

    From the kickstarter website, the project gives the following information:

    The Parallella platform is based on the Epiphany multicore chips developed by Adapteva. The Epiphany chips consists of a scalable array of simple RISC processors programmable in C/C++ connected together with a fast on chip network within a single shared memory architecture.

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