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Supercomputing on the cheap with Parallella

By Federico Lucifredi
December 10, 2013

Packing impressive supercomputing power inside a small credit card-sized board running Ubuntu, Adapteva‘s $99 ARM-based Parallella system includes the unique Ephiphany numerical accelerator that promises to unleash industrial strength parallel processing on the desktop at a rock-bottom price. The Massachusetts-based …

Big Data: The Ultimate Computing Platform

By Jeff Needham
August 12, 2013

This post originally published as a chapter from the free Radar report, Disruptive Possibilities: How Big Data Changes Everything. Introduction to Platforms A platform is a collection of sub-systems or components that must operate like one thing. A Formula One …

Four short links: 30 November 2009

By Nat Torkington
November 30, 2009

Paywall Performance for News -- the National Business Review (NBR) in New Zealand went to a paywall in mid-July, and Foo Camper Lance Wiggs says their visitor numbers reveal a grim picture. As a commenter says, of course, visitor numbers go down but NBR makes money directly from the visitors that stay. I'm curious to see the effect on...

Pedal Powered Petaflops

By Kurt Cagle
January 15, 2009

Chances are that when you think about supercomputing, you think about big machines (or lots of machines) all running full bore while performing complex calculations to determine weather patterns or wind-tunnel simulations. Secondarily is the assumption about power - you need lots of it, as well as ways of cooling those systems down (which requires even more power).

Special Purpose Computing Focuses on Energy Efficiency

By Jim Stogdill
May 15, 2008

Researchers turn to specialized hardware design to reduce supercomputer power consumption by an order of magnitude.


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