Adaptiva Delivers Parallella Low-cost Parallel Chip Board for Linux Supercomputing

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Say hi to Parallella, the $99 Linux-powered supercomputer. (Image: The Linux Foundation)

Over at ZDnet, Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols writes that chip-company Adapteva has built their first Parallella parallel-processing board for Linux supercomputing and will be sending them to their 6,300 Kickstarter supporters and other customers by this summer.

What Adapteva has done is create 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. If all goes well, by itself, this board should deliver about 90 GFLOPS of performance, or — in terms PC users understand — about the same horse-power as a 45GHz CPU. This board will use Ubuntu Linux 12.04 for its operating system. To put all this to work, the platform reference design and drivers are now available.

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