[Beowulf] why we need cheap, open learning clusters

James Cownie jcownie at cantab.net
Mon May 13 12:52:24 PDT 2013

On 12 May 2013, at 23:42, Charlie Peck wrote:

> On May 12, 2013, at 3:11 PM, "Lux, Jim (337C)" <james.p.lux at jpl.nasa.gov> wrote:
> I sent a couple of students off with rPi boards recently to see if we could do just that.  Unfortunately their report wasn't good, they had reliability problems and having only the HDMI video made working with them difficult.  We're thinking about looking at PC104 formfactor boards again to see if we can find something in that range that would work.  Our goal is to produce something that's truly carry-on (we have a MicroFe design now that's 2 Mini-ITX boards in a Pelican briefcase that BCCD developers use but we'd like more cores).
>> And LittleFE is truly commodity.. The architecture doesn't care which
>> Mini-ITX mobo you get.. If you want to stack up Intel D2550s instead of
>> the Via boards, it's no real matter. 
> The latest model of LittleFe does use Atom D2550's, and we're looking at AMD based APU units for the future.  One of our design goals is to provide a platform that people could easily build any Mini-ITX based system on, we sell the frame kit separately for just this reason.

The "Minnow Board" http://www.minnowboard.org/ might be of interest, though it doesn't quite seem to be out yet, and there's no price there yet.

(Disclaimer, since this is a new thread: I work for Intel, though not on anything to do with this).

-- Jim
James Cownie <jcownie at cantab.net>

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