$99 Parallella supercomputer appears on Kickstarter
The launch of the Raspberry Pi has been a huge success story, and promises to get cheap computers into the hands of kids and hobbyists around the world. But it has also had another effect–it has inspired others to look into alternative methods of developing cheap computing platforms.
One company taking inspiration from the Raspberry Pi Foundation is Adapteva, which focuses on semiconductor technology and has developed a very efficient multicore microprocessor architecture. Now they intend to use that architecture to offer up a $99 supercomputer with the help of Kickstarter.
The project is called Parallella, with the main aim being to make parallel computing open and accessible to everyone at a very cheap price point. Adapteva intends to do this by using its Epiphany RISC processors, which promise up to 45GHz of CPU performance using only 5 Watts and fitting on a board the size of a credit card.
The Parallella computer itself combines the "Epiphany Multicore Accelerator" consisting of 16 or 64 cores, with a dual-core ARM A9 processor, 1GB RAM, MicroSD, USB 2.0, HDMI, Ethernet, and Ubuntu Linux. It's also a completely open platform, meaning everything is open source including the architecture and the SDK.Read More and see Both Videos...
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