[Beowulf] Supercomputing on the cheap with Parallella

Douglas Eadline deadline at eadline.org
Fri Dec 13 09:07:37 PST 2013

I'm in the queue to get one of these. Of course we have all seen
the "A Beowulf Cluster of X gives the masses cheap supercomputing"
stories. It has a GigE connection as an interconnect, about which my
questions from Adapteva have not been answered in any detail.
And then there is the software thing.


> According to latest update first boards will be shipped next week,
> so time for another refresher on Parallella
> http://programming.oreilly.com/2013/12/supercomputing-on-the-cheap-with-parallella.html
> Supercomputing on the cheap with Parallella
> Blowing open the doors to low-power, on-demand supercomputing
> by Federico Lucifredi |	 @federico_II | +Federico Lucifredi | Comments: 3
> | December 10, 2013
> Parallella topview
> Packing impressive supercomputing power inside a small credit card-sized
> board running Ubuntu, Adapteva‘s $99 ARM-based Parallella system
> includes the unique Ephiphany numerical accelerator that promises to
> unleash industrial strength parallel processing on the desktop at a
> rock-bottom price. The Massachusetts-based startup recently ran a
> successfully funded Kickstarter campaign and gained widespread attention
> only to run into a few roadblocks along the way. Now, with their setbacks
> behind them, Adapteva is slated to deliver its first units mid-December
> 2013, with volume shipping in the following months.
> What makes the Parallella board so exciting is that it breaks new ground:
> imagine an Open Source Hardware board, powered by just a few Watts of
> juice, delivering 90 GFLOPS of number crunching. Combine this with the
> possibility of clustering multiple boards, and suddenly the picture of an
> exceedingly affordable desktop supercomputer emerges.
> This review looks in-depth at a pre-release prototype board (so-called
> Generation Zero, a development run of 50 units), giving you a pretty
> complete overview of what the finished board will look like.
> [SNIP]
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