Ok...something I've been waiting to see happen has
They have built a supercomputer out of Lego blocks and 64 Raspberry Pi boards. It has a total of 1TB of RAM (via 16Gb SD cards installed on each Raspberry Pi); and it runs on standard AC mains power. Cost is about $2500 for the hardware. All software was obtained from F/OSS sources.
You can read more about it on the phys.org
website. Link to the full article here
.Professor Cox and his son James with the Raspberry Pi supercomputer
Engineers build Raspberry Pi supercomputer
September 11, 2012
(Phys.org)—Computational Engineers at the University of Southampton have built a supercomputer from 64 Raspberry Pi computers and Lego.
The team, led by Professor Simon Cox, consisted of Richard Boardman, Andy Everett, Steven Johnston, Gereon Kaiping, Neil O'Brien, Mark Scott and Oz Parchment, along with Professor Cox's son James Cox (aged 6) who provided specialist support on Lego and system testing.
Professor Cox comments: "As soon as we were able to source sufficient Raspberry Pi computers we wanted to see if it was possible to link them together into a supercomputer. We installed and built all of the necessary software on the Pi starting from a standard Debian Wheezy system image and we have published a guide so you can build your own supercomputer."
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As was noted in the above article, Professor Cox was also good enough to provide full details (available online or via PDF download)
so you can roll your own if you're feeling ambitious.
I don't know what's more impressive: the fact they built this thing - or that they were able to score 64
Raspberry Pi boards to do it!
(I'm still waiting for the one
board I ordered.