A super computer for everyone!

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Oct 1, 2012

A super computer for everyone! by Tom at 10:54 PM (4,502 Views / 0 Likes) 41 replies

  1. Tom
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    I stole most of this article from hackaday FYI

    Even though dual, quad, and octo-core CPUs have been around for a while, it’s a far cry from truly massive parallel computing platforms. The chip manufacturer Adapteva is looking to put dozens of CPUs in a small package with their Parallella project. As a bonus, they’re looking for funding on Kickstarter, and plan to open source their 16 and 64-core CPUs after funding is complete.

    With any luck, the Parallella multicore computer will be available for $99, much less than a comparable x86 multicore computer. It’ll certainly be interesting to see what the Parallella can do in the future.
    (I Did the rest of this article myself)

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    Some AMAZING specs:
    • 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 OS
    • 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''
    • 45GHz Not a typo you read me 45GHz!!
    • $99
    Once completed, the Parallella computer should deliver up to 45 GHz of equivalent CPU performance on a board the size of a credit card while consuming only 5 Watts under typical work loads. Counting GHz, this is more horsepower than a high end server costing thousands of dollars and consuming 400W.

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    Kick starter link! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/adapteva/parallella-a-supercomputer-for-everyone?ref=live

    C'mon With the help of the Temp we can help them reach that goal.
     


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    Global Moderator TwinRetro Don't start nothin', Won't be nothin'

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    Okay, but what is the purpose of this hardware?
     
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    I don't know about you, but I'd use it to run 20 porn movies at a time while playing some Skyrim on the side.
     
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    Uh. There's a problem. GHz is not actually a measurement of speed.
     
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    Having a potential of 45Ghz is only relevant if all the cores get utilized fully. How many programs nowadays fully use more than 2-3 cores at any given time? If there are 64 cores, and programs used only 2 cores at any given time, you'd fully utilize the hardware if you had 32 separate programs running. How many people run that many programs at any given time?
     
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    that is a quote from the manufacturer, but you have to admit 16-64 cores is awesome, the localized memory for each processor would also increase speed
     
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    I can see many uses for this technology.
    Next generation of protable hand-held gaming devices?
    The basis for the next iteration of the K101 Revo with enhanced emulation?

    Actually, I am not overly impressed with the specs of a dual-core ARM9 for the processor.
    How exactly is this functionally different than a current PC utilizing Nvidia's CUDA technology for multi-core acceleration of processing tasks? (Think Nvidia FERMI chipset.)

    BOINC has been using this concept to use ATI and Nvidia multicore video cards to assist and accelerate processing in distributed computing projects for some time now.

    Speaking on distributed processing, why let your unused processing cycles go to waste when you are not using your computer?
    Donate them to a worthwhile project of your choice that will use them for scientic research. Google BOINC and check out what is available.
     
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    dual core a9 then 16 other epiphany cores
     
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    But can it run Crysis?
     
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    With this technology, you could probably build a tablet or laptop with Thrice the specs of any $500 PC build, for a fraction of the cost... Well, maybe.
     
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    I was thinking of putting it in my old laptop casing :)
     
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    Isn't this in the wrong section?
     
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    I find that over time one tends to find was to utilize available computer resources. Increased stability and interconnectivity allows one to have many more programs running in the background utilizing the capabilities of your system to benefit you. Having email, fax, weather gadgets, real time monitoring and trend tracking analysis all use resources. The advent of more 64 bit software allows on to access a much greater memory map than the older 32 bit software.

    These are great times to have a personal system. We have come a long ways in the last few years.
     
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    When everyone's computer is a supercomputer... none of them will be.
     
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    yeah nice cpu BUT does it come with a gtx 580 if not that it's worthless :creep:

    does it even have a vid card?!
     
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    I'm sure fitting a GTX 580 into a 3.4" x 2.1" computer is completely feasible. Yes, yes.


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    yeah if they do it this way
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    So I guess you can't play games on this?
     
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