Friday, September 28

Parallella, A $99 Supercomputer Running Ubuntu


The Parallella is a new pocket sized computer based on the Epiphany multicore chips developed by semiconductor start-up Adapteva.

The Epiphany chips consists of a scalable array of simple RISC processors programmable in C/C++ connected together with a fast on chip network within a single shared memory architecture. Much more detailed technical information about the Epiphany architecture can be found on Adapteva's website.

Parallella computer specifications:
  • Dual-core ARM A9 CPU
  • Epiphany Multicore Accelerator (16 or 64 cores)
  • 1GB RAM 
  • MicroSD Card
  • USB 2.0 (two)
  • Two general purpose expansion connectors
  • Ethernet 10/100/1000
  • HDMI connection
  • Ships with Ubuntu
  • Ships with free open source Epiphany development tools that include C compiler, multicore debugger, Eclipse IDE, OpenCL SDK/compiler, and run time libraries. 
  • Dimensions are 3.4'' x 2.1''  
Parallella project is currently on Kickstarter targeting a funding goal of $750k. If they reach $3 million, a new 64 core board for $199 will also be launched.

The 16 core supercomputer can deliver 13 GHz of CPU performance and the 64 core board can go up to 45 GHz. All this while consuming only 5 Watts. Parallella project will be open sourced after it is launched.

For more info check out their Kickstarter page. For $99 you can confirm a Parallella board for yourself. Expected date of delivery is May 2013.


2 comments:

Anonymous said...

It looks SUPER SLOW to be considered a supercomputer!!!

Ricardo Stuven said...

Watch the next video on benchmarks.

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