The Parallella project will make parallel computing accessible to everyone. Read more
This project was successfully funded on October 27, 2012.
New "SuperTV" video is NOW up at our Kickstarter page
Here's a summary of what can be seen in the new video:
- Running a proper Ubuntu 12.04 desktop O/S on the dual core ARM A9 Zynq device
- Kinect sensor connected to the platform
- Streaming a YouTube video
- Streaming mp4 video from the SD card
- (all using standard Ubuntu deb packages, no mods or trickery)
Things that were tested, but weren't shown in video:
- "Good enough" Firefox browser performance
- Email and "working", PDF reading, working on documents, etc
- Web cam recording
- Connecting to Ubuntu One for cloud storage and sharing
We have been using this platform successfully as a regular desktop for a week now and can tell you that the out of the box experience is REALLY good.(which wasn't obvious to us before we started) Our conclusion is that a dual core A9 with 1GB of SDRAM is enough to give a good user experience with Ubuntu 12.04. It doesn't have a GPU, so let's forget about hard core gaming but for users who are more interested in good overall speed than fancy graphics it's a great little machine.
Why we think this is exciting:
- Price: At $100, we think it's a good deal for everyone.
- Size: The Parallella will be small and light enough, you could just tape it up behind your flat screen TV and forget about it.
- Power: At 5 Watts, the Parallella is much cheaper and greener compared to putting a regular PC in the living room.
- Open: If you don't like Ubuntu or our setup, no problem..bring your own software stack.
- Upside: In this video we didn't even use the Epiphany yet. It should be easy to imagine how someone could port libraries like ffmpeg over to the Epiphany to speed up video playback.
- Kinect: We would love to hear how people could accelerate Kinect based applications with the Epiphany.