September 18, 2012 20:17
Professor in the design and manufacture of computer systems Simon Cox (Simon Cox) from the University of Southampton built what can rightly be classified as the world's smallest supercomputer. Miniature supercomputer Iridis-Pi is a cluster of 64 hand-held computer Raspberry Pi and his computer desk made of Lego parts of a six-year son of a professor.
Miniature computer system gets its name Iridis-Pi in honor of this supercomputer Iridis, located in the computer center of the University. The entire system uses a network of current at 13 Amps, and for communication between computing nodes interface is used MPI (Message Passing Interface), operating over the Ethernet.
The cost of a complete system is around £ 2,500 (about 4 thousand dollars). It consists of 64 ARM11 processor with a clock frequency of 700 MHz each. The total memory capacity of the system is 1 TB, one 16-GB SD-card for each processor. To program the supercomputer Iridis-Pi uses the language Python and expansion «Python Tools» for Visual Studio.
"We consider this a cheap system that has all the hallmarks of a supercomputer, as a starting point for teaching students of high technology computing and data processing. By taking this step, the students will already be familiar with the principles of the construction, operation and programming of supercomputers and can apply their knowledge to work with these large supercomputers "- said Professor James Cox.
Well, if someone want to repeat yourself design and create your own mini-supercomputer Iridis-Pi, all the instructions and everything you need can be found at this address.