Thursday, May 23, 2013

Do you fancy owning your own parallel computer?

Until recently if you did want a parallel computer you'd either have to build your own (not easy) or have a good sized budget. But that has changed now; chip maker Adapteva has  created a credit-card sized parallel-processing board. This comes with a dual-core ARM A9 processor and a 64-core Epiphany Multicore Accelerator chip, along with 1GB of RAM, a microSD card, two USB 2.0 ports, 10/100/1000 Ethernet, and an HDMI connection. By itself, this board will deliver over 90 GFLOPS of performance, or — in terms PC users understand — about the same horse-power as a 45GHz CPU. You can think of like a Raspberry Pi on steroids. The little super-computer, called Parallella will retail for $99 (USD) you can register your interest on Adapteva's website and on their Kickstarter page.