Funded! This project was successfully funded on October 27, 2012.

Update #5

New Cluster Rewards

We have added two more major rewards that will be part of our plan to help out with parallel programming education. We are working with our academic partners and hope to have an announcement soon, but we don't want to hold off on offering the rewards.

We think the systems offer a great starting point for anyone who has serious interest in developing parallel programming skills.

$495 MINI-CLOUD: This package arrives as a ready to use "cloud in a box" and includes four Epiphany-III based parallella boards (a total of 72 CPUs), a gigabit switch, cat cables, and the power supply adapters. If we reach our $3M stretch goal, then it will be possible to choose two 64-core Epiphany-IV based boards instead of four Epiphany-III based boards. (International order should add $20 to the pledge amount).

$975 CLUSTER: This package arrives as a ready to use cluster and includes eight Epiphany-III based parallella boards (a total of 144 CPUs), a gigabit switch, cat cables, and the power supply adapters. If we reach our $3M stretch goal, then it will be possible to choose four 64-core Epiphany-IV based boards instead of eight Epiphany-III based boards. (International order should add $40 to the pledge amount).

(Note: We ran these offers by Kickstarter to make sure we comply with the multi-unit restrictions)

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      Creator Gareth Nelson on October 9, 2012

      Updated my pledge, I so want you guys to succeed so I can get access to one of these sexy clusters

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      Creator Adapteva on October 8, 2012

      @Tommy The e-server is actually used to create an abstraction layer for communication between the ARM and the Epiphany co-proecssor chip. Communication between Parallella boards is done using standard Ethernet protocol.

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      Creator Adapteva on October 8, 2012

      @Liad Yes, our partner BittWare is shipping small daughter cards with 4 Epiphany based chips on them connected as a grid. Larger grids are definitely possible. From a size and economical standpoint, 16 chips on a board is probably the upper limit, but that could easily fit on a PCIe card...

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      Creator Liad Weinberger on October 8, 2012

      Oh and one third of the way down towards the minimal pledge. Way to go!

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      Creator Liad Weinberger on October 8, 2012

      @Adapteva, I wonder... One of the more interesting things you can do with the Epiphany architecture is to combine several Epiphany chips on the same board (afaik you can easily do a grid of 64 Epiphany-IV chips on the same board - please correct me if I'm wrong).

      Instead of doing a 4 board "mini-cloud" with the Epiphany-III, do you think that a single board with such an inter-connected grid of 4 chips would be possible? This doesn't exclude the option of having a mini-cloud, but I'm wondering if there's any chance of such a configuration as well? I'm assuming this would require a different board design and may be out of the Parallella project scope.

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      Creator Tommy on October 8, 2012

      A couple questions. Is it straightforward to cluster multiple boards? I'm assuming that the Hardware Connection Server (E-SERVER) in chapter 8 deals with this, only had the chance to gloss over it. But in the case of two boards, couldn't we do without the switch and just ethernet cable the two boards together?

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      Creator Sent fan Wyærda on October 8, 2012

      WAIT!! I forgot the Dual-core ARM. That makes the Epiphany III a 2+16 CPU.

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      Creator Sent fan Wyærda on October 8, 2012

      Did you do those calculations yourself, or did you use an epiphany-moment? 9*16 = 144; 8*16 = 128; 4*16 = 64; 4,5*16 = 72

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      Creator Justin Shaw on October 8, 2012

      That's awesome! I can't believe the open source community is going to have its own chip design! We got to make this happen.

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      Creator Rolf-Dieter Klein on October 8, 2012

      I mean the cluster

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      Creator Rolf-Dieter Klein on October 8, 2012

      great hope this helps -- just backed the cloud

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