First Parallella User Created Video
We thought you might like to get external validation that the Parallella actually works so here you go..
One of the most active Parallella forum members "@shodruky" received a board a few days ago and check out what he did! Simply Amazing!
Combining the Parallella with a $25 Raspberry Pi makes so much sense. Each board performs the job it does best. Parallella crunches numbers and the Raspberry Pi handles the graphics. Heterogeneous computing at its finest!
@shodruky also played around with the board to try to reproduce what we did for the Kickstarter demo video last year. We still have some tuning left to optimize performance, but it's not a bard start. We have a computer!
In terms of production and, we are still busy beating on the board from all directions trying to find as many issues as possible as quickly as possible. Here is one issue we found this week: http://forums.parallella.org/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=841.
On the power front, we can tell you that a 5 Watt credit card sized board will get hot! The thermal picture below shows that we are doing much better with the Gen 1.1 board than with the Gen 0 board from the summer, but power and cooling is clearly going to be an ongoing challenge for the life of the Parallella project. For now, we have decided to throw in a heat-sink for the Zynq device with every Parallella board.
On a separate note, the event for "the announcement" happened, but since most of the world is now on holiday, we'll wait until after new year to announce.:-) It's good news!
For the lucky few who received their boards or are about to receive their boards, for the benefit of rest of the Parallella kickstarter backers..PLEASE power up your board and start using it!! New product validation is a team effort, the more testers there are the better the product becomes. If there are any issues that we might have missed, we would rather know about it now than after shipping all 6,300 boards!
Wishing everyone joyful and restful holidays and a happy new year!