Parallella: The $100 Kickstarter 64-Core/FPGA Supercomputer

Parallella Architecture

Parallella Architecture

A close friend just emailed me regarding Parallela, a “Worthy Kickstarter Project“. For a $100 contribution you receive (if they are successful) a Xilinx Zynq-7000 (Dual Core ARM + Programmable Logic) based single board computer with an Epiphany Multicore accelerator (16 or 64 core).

The Zynq-7000 contains a Dual-Core ARM Cortex-A9 with NEON vectorization, and a block of Xilinx Programmable Logic.

Depending on the chip selected Epiphany accelerator contains 16 or 64 RISC cores with over 32 GFLOP theoretical peak performance.

I am very excited by the possibilities enabled by combining a powerful mobile CPU with a block of programmable logic (with access to dev tools) and an array of parallel RISC cores to perform some serious Audio/Video Signal Processing, Cryptography, or other challenging application.

I am in for $100, and suggest you take a quick look since Funding ends Soon: Saturday October 27th!

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  1. By See you at Maker Faire 2013 on May 14, 2013 at 9:18 am

    […] were hoping to have something to demo using the exciting, progressing, but still non-available, Parallela $100 64-Core/FPGA ‘Supercomputer’) I am looking forward to visiting as […]

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