[Beowulf] A cluster of Arduinos

Lux, Jim (337C) james.p.lux at jpl.nasa.gov
Wed Jan 11 08:18:41 PST 2012

For educational purposes..

Has anyone done something where they implement some sort of message passing API on a network of Arduinos.  Since they cost only $20 each, and have a fairly facile development environment, it seems you could put together a simple demonstration of parallel processing and various message passing things.

For instance, you could introduce errors in the message links and do experiments with Byzantine General type algorithms, or with multiple parallel routes, etc.

I've not actually tried hooking up multiple arduinos through a USB hub to one PC, but if that works, it gives you a nice "head node, debug console" sort of interface.

Smaller, lighter, cheaper than lashing together MiniITX mobos or building a Wal-Mart Cluster.

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