http://zer0byte.com/2012/10/16/45-ghz-super-computer-99/ read up on it =============================================== Request from zer0byte.com to all its readers:- Please support this great project on kickstarter.com . Together we can make this project a reality. click here to support As many problems are faced by Computer Science, one of them can be crossed of the “to solve” list. Lack of cheap & open parallel hardware and proper development tools, parallel computing has been a great challenge for programmers. Raspberry Pi and Arduino are the inspiration that created a need for a truly open, high-performance computing platform that will seal up the knowledge cracks in parallel programing. Parallella project makes parallel programming accessible to everyone.If (& when) this is accomplished, it will open a whole new phase of breakthrough applications. & maybe just maybe, this can end all wars on Earth! Alright, that might be a bit of an exaggeration but positive change can come about in this world because of Parallella project. To make parallel computing present everywhere, developers need to obtain a platform that is AFFORDABLE, OPEN & EASY TO USE. The destination of the Parallella project is to provide such a platform. Here are the three pillars that the Parallella project is based on: Open Access: Absolutely no NDAs or special access needed! All architecture and SDK documents will be published on the web as soon as the Kickstarter project is funded. Open Source: The Parallella platform will be based on free open source development tools and libraries. All board design files will be provided as open source once the Parallella boards are released. Affordability: Hardware costs and SDK costs have always been a huge barrier to entry for developers looking to develop high performance applications. Our goal is to bring the Parallella high performance computer cost below $100, making it an affordable platform for all. The Epiphany multicore chips created by Adapteva provided the basis of the Parallella project over the last 4 years and have been field tested since May 2011. The Epiphany chips are made of a scalable array of simply RISC processors programmable in C/C++ connected together with a fast on a chip network within single shared memory architecture. Adapteva’s web site.is a great source for further information about the Epiphany architecture. Parallella Computer Specifications The following list shows the major components planned for the Parallella computer: 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” It is expected of Parallella computer to deliver up to 45 GHz of equivalent CPU performance on a board the size of a credit card (yeah that piece of plastic that you already maxed out on computer hardware) while engaging only 5 watt under typical workloads. To put it as simply, 45 GHz is more horsepower than a high end server which can normally cost thousands of dollars and absorb 400W.