New Rewards and Add-Ons
64-core version of the Parallella board now offered!
The Epiphany-IV (64+2) core Parallella board will be offered for pledges above $750. We really wish we could offer it cheaper! For anyone skeptical about the pricing, please consider the fact that we only get 50 dies per wafer for these initial prototype runs. We can't disclose wafer pricing and yields at 28nm, but we invite members in the industry to chime on with opinions to support our pricing. It also comes with the disclaimer that it doesn't have as much customer field testing as the 16-core version.(It's going to be what in the industry call "engineering sample" quality. Nothing to be alarmed about, but it needs to be said) With that disclaimer out of the way, it's a GREAT chip. (If by some miracle we reach the $3M goal by Saturday, we'll pass the savings on to you and you will receive 4 64-core Epiphany-IV boards).
SDK-ACCESS: You get a special login account and early access to the Epiphany SDK within 4 weeks of successful funding of the the project. Everyone else will get general access to software at time of shipment in May 2013. (Add $50 to any reward tier that doesn't already get early SDK access)
ONE-MORE: Available for MINI-CLOUD and CLUSTER rewards for backers who intend to donate the kits to a school of their choice, but want a (16+2) core kit for themselves.(Add $99 (+20 for international shipping if applicable))
PLAQUE: Anyone donating the MINI-CLOUD or CLUSTER reward to a school will receive an engraved plaque with the inscription "Donated by_________" or "Donated in honor of________". (Free)
Parallella and Education:
We just announced an effort to hold Parallel programming competitions to be held next year. The rules were sent out to four different Universities and the feedback was very positive!
First Attempt at Competition Rules Found Here:
First Competition Proposal Found Here:
Donations To Schools:
We think a MINI-CLOUD or CLUSTER would be a really great teaching tool for high-schools and universities. One of the challenge for schools these days seems to be that they never have enough money for things like this.
If you are donating your kit, send a comment to "claim" your school. This will let others get a sense of where these kits will end up and might foster local competitions and collaboration.
If you are considering donating your hardware to a school for educational purpose, check with them about donation receipts for tax purposes.(we are not accountants and can't advise regarding those matters:-)