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Iridis-Pi: a supercomputer based on Raspberry Pi

Iridis-Pi: a supercomputer based on Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi is, in my point of view, one of the most beautiful to be found on open hardware, a small low cost computer that aims to “revolutionize” education and facilitate access to technology in schools ( thus forming the quarry that will mark the future of software and hardware). The project is captivating many people around the world and the plates, which cost just under 30 euros, tend to sell in each of the distributors that put up for sale. Despite its small size, this board has a lot of potential and offers, from the technical point of view, a good performance with which to work (or even play games like Quake) and precisely with the idea of showing the potential Raspberry Pi, a team of researchers at the University of Southampton have developed the project Iridis-Pi -a supercomputer based on Raspberry Pi using a rack made of Lego bricks.

Iridis-Pi is a supercomputer made with 64 nodes (each node is a board) where you installed the Debian Wheezy (which can be downloaded from the project website Raspberry Pi and is adapted for this film), is have joined together through the Ethernet card that is included and, via SD cards, combine 1 TB of storage space.

As soon as we were able to have enough plates Raspberry Pi, we ask whether it was possible to unite and create a supercomputer. We develop all the necessary software from the image of the Debian Wheezy and have developed a guide for anyone to build their own supercomputer

While not everyone can spend the $4,000 it costs for materials needed to build the supercomputer (ie about 3100 euros), the has issued necessary instructions and steps to follow in order to develop the project to it could be deployed in other schools to experience or learn more about and distributed computing, an initiative to spark quite interesting “hacker spirit” in students and they can learn in a much more practical.

The first test we did was to calculate the number Pi Raspberry Pi on using MPI , a test that is fairly common within the initial test to supercomputers undergoing

To complete the project, Professor Simon Cox, one of the team members had as assistant to his 6 year old son who was in charge of designing, using Lego pieces, the frame supporting the 64 plates.

An interesting example of the application of Raspberry Pi that can improve, significantly, teaching at the University.

Images: University of Southampton

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