10/26/2012 10:49 AM EDT
Wow – things are really racing along with regard to the Parallella Supercomputer project on Kickstarter.
When I posted my first blog on this topic on Tuesday of this week, the project had raised only $439,565 of their $750,000 goal.
I just visited the project on Kickstarter – now they are up to $611,504, which means that $171,939 has been pledged in just three days!!!
But we still need to raise $138,496 for this Kickstarter project to go forward.
The deadline is Saturday, Oct. 27, at 6:00 p.m. EDT, so there are only about 30 hours to go at the time of this writing.
Why do I care? Well, several reasons, actually, not the least that I've made the $99 pledge myself, for which amount I shall receive my very own Parallella Supercomputer … but ONLY if the Kickstarter project reaches its goal.
But the main reason is that I really like Andreas and the folks at Adapteva – I remember a couple of years ago when Andreas left his job, disappeared down into his basement, and – fed (occasionally) on sandwiches prepared by his long-suffering wife -- single-handedly invented a new computer architecture, designed his own System-on-Chip (SoC) from the ground up – including learning how to use all of the EDA tools – then took the device all the way to working silicon and a packaged prototype (click here to see that epic tale).
The $100 Parallella Supercomputer is the next chapter in the story – the combination of Adapteva's Epiphany multicore processor chip and Xilinx's Zynq All Programmable SoC with its dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor and traditional FPGA programmable fabric.
Oooooh, the things I will be able to do with this little beauty … BUT ONLY IF THE KICKSTARTER PROJECT REACHES ITS GOAL!!! (Sorry … I didn’t mean to shout).
Block diagram of the Zynq-based Parallella personal supercomputer.
So please help me spread the word – start pinging everyone you know on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and so forth. This is a chance to make a difference – let's not blow this opportunity for the sake of only $138,496.
A Zynq development board with an Epiphany daughter card
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$688,364pledged of $750,000 goal
26hours to go
Once completed, the 64-core version of the Parallella computer would deliver over 90 GFLOPS of performance and would have the the horse power comparable to a theoretical 45 GHz CPU [64 CPU cores * 700MHz] on a board the size of a credit card while consuming only 5 Watts under typical work loads. For certain applications, this would provide raw performance than a high end server costing thousands of dollars and consuming 400W.
they also comes to Forbes right now: