[Beowulf] Southampton engineers a Raspberry Pi Supercomputer

Christopher Samuel samuel at unimelb.edu.au
Thu Sep 13 00:45:04 PDT 2012


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On 12/09/12 23:55, Eugen Leitl wrote:

> http://www.southampton.ac.uk/mediacentre/features/raspberry_pi_supercomputer.shtml
> 
> Southampton engineers a Raspberry Pi Supercomputer

There's another nice article about it here:

http://paritynews.com/hardware/item/302-engineers-build-supercomputer-using-raspberry-pi-lego

# According to Professor Cox, as of now the team hasn't gone ahead
# with "any systematic testing on the whole 64 processor system".
# Professor Cox is of the opinion that "the processor is probably
# not the place to get performance from on the Pi".

According to the RasPi FAQ: "The GPU is capable of 1Gpixel/s, 1.5Gtexel/s
or 24 GFLOPs of general purpose compute" - no idea if that's single or
double precision.. ;-)

# Iterating the point made earlier that the team was looking to harness
# the capabilities of such a marginally priced computer and wants the
# supercomputer become an inspiration for students, the professor said,
# "we were interested in how the price to get a system together has
# gone from 1,000,000s to 100,000s, to 10,000s and now down to 1000s
# of dollars/ pounds and that with Raspberry Pi you can really show
# (non virtualized) parallel programming in the raw at the 1000s dollar
# price point."

Which illustrates Ellis's point precisely..

cheers,
Chris
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