Iridis-Pi: £2,500 Supercomputer Built out of Legos and Raspberry Pis
A team of high ranked researchers at the University of Southampton have built a supercomputer “Iridis-Pi” out of Raspberry Pis tied together with Legos.
Iridis Pi- Supercomputer Built out of 64 Raspberry Pis and Legos
This supercomputer made up of 64 processors of Raspberry Pis with 1TB memory is an imcredible creation of Professor Simon Cox and his team. The ‘Iridis-Pi” supercomputer can be powered on using just a single 13 Amp mains socket and costs £2,500 only excluding switches for networking.
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University official site notes that the frame for the supercomputer was built using Legos under the supervision of Professor Cox’s son James Cox (aged 6) for its first computer rack design project.
Raspberry Pi- Lego Case
Why it is named “Iridis-Pi” ? Actually, Cox named the computer the “Iridis-Pi” after University of Southampton’s supercomputer Iridis, which was built with Python and Scratch.
Professor Cox also made use of free plug-in ‘Python Tools for Visual Studio’ to build up code for the Raspberry Pi while the entire software was built using a standard Debian Wheezy system image.
The first test involved calculating Pi on the Raspberry Pi using MPI, which is a well-known first test for any new supercomputer.
Cox has not announced how fast the supercomputer is. The goal of the project was to get the cost of supercomputing down from hundreds of thousands of pounds to just a few thousand. Work still needs to be done to get the performance up.
Via: Tech Eye
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