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Title: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Post by: Claggy on 26 Oct 2012, 05:59:57 am
Kickstarter has a Supercomputer project on it with just 36 Hours to go, maybe in a year or so we can run Seti@home on it (as long it meets one of it's goals):

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/adapteva/parallella-a-supercomputer-for-everyone

Mike Hewson over at Einstein has a thread about it, and both him and i have gone for the 64 core Epiphany IV on the stretch goal:

http://einstein.phys.uwm.edu/forum_thread.php?id=9686

I hope some of you will also donate/buy.

Claggy
Title: Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Post by: Richard Haselgrove on 26 Oct 2012, 10:45:49 am
OK, I'm in too.
Title: Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Post by: Raistmer on 26 Oct 2012, 11:04:26 am
Please explain can I participate from Russia? Only UK and US payments listed on the left side...
I have PayPal account and no Amazon account. Can I donate via PayPal ?
Title: Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Post by: Richard Haselgrove on 26 Oct 2012, 11:05:41 am
Ask them?
Title: Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Post by: Raistmer on 26 Oct 2012, 12:38:13 pm
Gr... asked about donation got answer about project creation...

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Thanks for writing and for your interest.

Kickstarter is currently open to project creators in the US and UK who meet the eligibility requirements included below. If you do not meet either the UK or US requirements, you will not be able to launch a project on Kickstarter.

As far as other countries go, stay tuned. If you've been waiting, we really appreciate your patience. We're working on it.

Thank so much,
Kickstarter

PayPal no go:

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Sorry for the confusion! Unfortunately we can't use any other payment processors, since PayPal doesn't allow flexible payments -- that is, payments in which a pledge is made in advance, and only charged for that amount if the project is successful. Because of this, we have to use Amazon Payments, and unfortunately they only take credit cards. Sorry for any inconvenience!
Title: Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Post by: Raistmer on 26 Oct 2012, 04:04:31 pm
Ok, I'm in via Amazon payments via MasterCard.
Let's see how it will end :)
Title: Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Post by: Claggy on 26 Oct 2012, 04:13:36 pm

PayPal no go:

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Sorry for the confusion! Unfortunately we can't use any other payment processors, since PayPal doesn't allow flexible payments -- that is, payments in which a pledge is made in advance, and only charged for that amount if the project is successful. Because of this, we have to use Amazon Payments, and unfortunately they only take credit cards. Sorry for any inconvenience!
I backed Planetary Annihilation - A Next Generation RTS (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/659943965/planetary-annihilation-a-next-generation-rts) a couple of weeks ago, they had a separate paypal donation setup on their own site (http://planetaryannihilation.com/), i just backed them via kickstarter rather than using their paypal method.,

Claggy
Title: Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Post by: Claggy on 26 Oct 2012, 04:18:26 pm
I upped my backing to include a case, a T Shirt and the 'An Introduction to Parallel Programming' Book,

Claggy
Title: Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Post by: Raistmer on 26 Oct 2012, 04:18:38 pm
Thanks, Claggy, but I made donation already, via Amazon. Less than 50k remains and ~25hours. Will see how it will end.
Maybe I will recive present from them to write new programs? ;) [ Pledged enough to recive evaluation board when they will be available:
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You get everything in the SUPPORTER reward and an Epiphany-III based Parallella board loaded with the development softwar...
]
Title: Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Post by: Raistmer on 27 Oct 2012, 10:54:10 am
Looks like the project already collected enough finances to start.
Title: Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Post by: Josef W. Segur on 27 Oct 2012, 02:27:44 pm
Looks like the project already collected enough finances to start.

True, though with under 4 hours left it looks unlikely they'll reach the $3 million stretch goal which would include the 64 core Epiphany. The way they have the available backer levels set, it would take a lot of new or upgraded backers in the $475 to $975 categories to get there.

I just went for the single 16 core version, it's certainly more capable hardware than other Arm based boards I've seen at twice the price.
                                                   Joe
Title: Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Post by: MarkJ on 31 Oct 2012, 01:18:12 pm
Well they passed their goal but didn't get to the strech goal ($3 million). They have setup a blog at www.parallella.org for those wanting to follow their progress.

I see they have  started a couple of competitions for those that actually have one, but the rewards aren't available until May 2013 so how do they expect people to participate?
Title: Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Post by: MarkJ on 22 Nov 2012, 05:30:26 am
In their latest project update they said "Together with Brown Deer Technology we created the first open source OpenCL implementation on an ARM platform.(as far as we know). "

It look like we'll be able to run OpenCL apps then if we can get support in BOINC. There is already BOINC available for the Raspberry Pi which is also an ARM based device.
Title: Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Post by: Raistmer on 22 Nov 2012, 09:36:06 am
We have NativeBOINC on ARM-based Android devices.
Title: Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Post by: Claggy on 17 Dec 2012, 02:43:17 pm
The Parallella forums are up at forums.parallella.org (http://forums.parallella.org/index.php) there is even a BOINC Subforum already,
if you haven't had a user name/password email yet, you'll have reset it, and wait for the email, it takes some time to arrive.

Claggy
Title: Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Post by: Claggy on 04 Jan 2013, 06:05:58 am
If anyone missed the Kickstarter drive, you can now reserve a board, first come first served.

Reserving a Parallella board (http://forums.parallella.org/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=96)

Claggy
Title: Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Post by: Raistmer on 04 Jan 2013, 04:23:20 pm
Should we do this ? Or it will be shipped automatically because of reward choice at time of pledge drive ?
Title: Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Post by: Claggy on 04 Jan 2013, 04:27:45 pm
Should we do this ? Or it will be shipped automatically because of reward choice at time of pledge drive ?
If we're pledged then we'll get ours when they are ready, this is for people who missed the Kickstarter pledge drive, say if Urs or _heinz or Mike decide they want one too.

[Off Topic: On] I've also pledged for the Elite: Dangerous Game, just two hours left if anyone is interested [Off Topic: Off]

Claggy
Title: Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Post by: Richard Haselgrove on 01 May 2013, 07:14:06 pm
Public announcement of first production boards:

http://www.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/2013-04-23/adapteva_shows_off_$99_supercomputer_boards.html

Edit: link fixed
Title: Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Post by: arkayn on 01 May 2013, 08:06:05 pm
Public announcement of first production boards:

Previous link broken (http://www.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/2013-04-23/adapteva_shows_off_$99_supercomputer_boards.html)

Would be interesting to look at once it gets up to full production status.
Title: Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Post by: Claggy on 11 May 2013, 04:55:03 pm
More News:

The Parallella board now runs Ubuntu! (http://www.parallella.org/2013/05/11/the-parallella-board-now-runs-ubuntu/)

The first 100 prototypes to Kickstarter backers who signed up for Parallella early access are expected to ship by the second week of June.

Claggy
Title: Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Post by: Raistmer on 11 May 2013, 05:21:53 pm
yeah... and they already run Ubuntu... OMG, why Ubuntu, not CentOS ;D
Title: Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Post by: Hans Dorn on 11 May 2013, 10:35:47 pm
Sort of related, the next generation of AMD and Nvidia GPUs will sport numerous ARM cores.

Dunno if you can run Ubuntu on them.


Debian, definitely. Debian runs on ANYTHING  ;D


Cheers
Title: Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Post by: Raistmer on 13 Jun 2013, 04:02:00 pm
Their frontman just contacted BOINC. He wants BOINC to support Parallella! Very good news!
Title: Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Post by: Raistmer on 13 Jun 2013, 04:03:26 pm

Dunno if you can run Ubuntu on them.

Cheers

Quote from Andrew's mail:

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There has been quite a bit of interest in using the Parallella
computer with BOINC applications and I'd like to find out what work
would be required to add support for it / the co-processor.

The computer has a dual-core ARM A9 processor (Xilinx Zyqn) and runs
Linux (Linaro Ubuntu), but in order to take advantage of the Epiphany
floating-point hardware I'm not sure whether this would need adding as
a platform, or perhaps Parallella (ARM+Epiphany).

There is also interest in running SETI@home and I was thinking this
might make a great exemplar application when developing BOINC support.

Title: Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Post by: Claggy on 26 Jun 2013, 12:52:48 pm
For anyone who is interested, and in the UK:

http://forums.parallella.org/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=397

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Preparing for Parallella, Sunday 21st July 2013 (UK)

Unread postby 9600 Wed Jun 26, 2013 4:06 pm

On Sunday 21st July 2013 Embecosm will be hosting an event at The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park, which may be of interest to folks based in the UK. For details see:

http://www.embecosm.com/2013/06/26/preparing-for-parallella-sunday-21st-july-2013-bletchley-uk/

Cheers,

Andrew

Claggy
Title: Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Post by: Richard Haselgrove on 26 Jun 2013, 01:28:38 pm
That sounds possibly do-able - though with a 10:00 Sunday start, I'd need to get a train down the day before and spend the night in a hotel. Anyone else thinking of doing that, and maybe meeting up for a beer somewhere?
Title: Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Post by: Claggy on 26 Jun 2013, 01:58:02 pm
That sounds possibly do-able - though with a 10:00 Sunday start, I'd need to get a train down the day before and spend the night in a hotel. Anyone else thinking of doing that, and maybe meeting up for a beer somewhere?
I'm tempted to go too, think i'd need to stay in a hotel overnight too, and i'd certainly meet for a beer.

Claggy
Title: Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Post by: Claggy on 10 Jul 2013, 02:23:52 pm
In the latest Parallella Blog they have done a roundup of the projects in progress, and stated one of their priorities is:

A Parallella optimised SETI@home

Claggy
Title: Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Post by: Claggy on 08 Aug 2013, 02:19:02 pm
The Preparing for Parallella videos have been uploaded:

http://www.youtube.com/user/embecosm

Claggy
Title: Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Post by: _heinz on 15 Aug 2013, 05:17:13 pm
Parallella (http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/07/creating-a-99-parallel-computing-machine-is-just-as-hard-as-it-sounds/) a new chance to build a mega  cpu-cruncher...
Read the full article and make your own decision...

_heinz
Title: Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Post by: Claggy on 18 Jan 2014, 07:46:23 am
Mike Hewson over at Einstein has received his Parallellas, built and modded them, pictures at:

Interesting Project on Kickstarter (http://einstein.phys.uwm.edu/forum_thread.php?id=9686&nowrap=true#128634)

and

Show your Parallella!! (http://forums.parallella.org/viewtopic.php?f=45&t=838&start=10#p5670) with another pic on page 3,

Claggy
Title: Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Post by: Raistmer on 18 Jan 2014, 03:41:24 pm
I see they discuss FFT in FPGA. Well, if suchdevice will be implemented maybe we could use it too.
Our FFT sizes more different, from 8k (2^13) to 128k (2^17) or even more in SETI large/current autocorr implementation.
Looks like Einstein uses longer one, 2^22.
Title: Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Post by: Claggy on 29 Apr 2014, 08:52:13 am
My Parallellas have been dispatched.

Claggy
Title: Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Post by: Raistmer on 29 Apr 2014, 03:09:23 pm
My Parallellas have been dispatched.

Claggy
How to check that?
Title: Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Post by: Claggy on 29 Apr 2014, 03:11:26 pm
My Parallellas have been dispatched.

Claggy
How to check that?
You'll get an email to your nominated email account, they're shipping in close to backer number order, I was backer 3555,

Claggy
Title: Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Post by: Raistmer on 29 Apr 2014, 04:41:32 pm
How you know that number? Can't find mine...
Title: Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Post by: Josef W. Segur on 29 Apr 2014, 05:09:21 pm
How you know that number? Can't find mine...

Seems you and I both made our payments through Amazon 26 October 2012, so your number is probably close to my 3729. I wouldn't know where to look that up, but it was on the shipment notification I got last Friday morning. Being about 300 km. from Adapteva's home office I received the card in the mail yesterday. I won't be ready to do anything with it for at least a couple of weeks, though.
                                                        Joe
Title: Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Post by: Claggy on 29 Apr 2014, 05:19:44 pm
How you know that number? Can't find mine...
You'll have had an email early on with the number, I believe you can also get it from a kickstarter app, but I don't know which one.

Claggy
Title: Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Post by: Raistmer on 30 Apr 2014, 04:30:14 am

Found it in shipping pre-confirmation (year ago E-mail).
But did not recive anything in update recently, only usual progress letters...
Hope my queue will come soon too. Would be fun to play with this hardware on summer.
Title: Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Post by: Claggy on 01 May 2014, 09:05:49 am
It's in the UK at customs, had to pay GBP 50.82

Claggy
Title: Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Post by: Raistmer on 02 May 2014, 04:24:28 pm
It's in the UK at customs, had to pay GBP 50.82

Claggy
For what???
Title: Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Post by: Claggy on 02 May 2014, 05:42:44 pm
It's in the UK at customs, had to pay GBP 50.82

Claggy
For what???
Customs Entry 8.00
Import Duty 2.01
Import VAT 40.81
Total 80.82

Claggy
Title: Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Post by: Raistmer on 03 May 2014, 06:22:36 am
Hm... interesting should I deal with customs too later and how much it will cost...
Board shipped!

BTW
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Import VAT 40.81
interesting how "value added tax" was computed.  Shipment should be marked as "gift". From what such quite big number comparable with card manufacturing cost came ???
Title: Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Post by: Claggy on 06 May 2014, 07:33:47 am
They have arrived. Edit: added picture with parallellas and extra bits and pieces.


Claggy
Title: Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Post by: Richard Haselgrove on 08 May 2014, 10:24:59 am
Got mine last Saturday, and only had to pay

Customs Entry 8.00
Import Duty 1.60
Import VAT 40.05
Total 49.65

We might have ordered a different selection of paid-for accessories, over and above the original gift/reward.

The backer number - mine was 3662 - was repeated in a 'Parallella Pre-shipping Confirmation' email sent at the end of August 2013. If you didn't respond to that (confirming the delivery instructions) they might not have been able to despatch your card(s).
Title: Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Post by: Raistmer on 11 Jun 2014, 06:17:14 pm
WoW, nice   :D

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14. Recommended Packages (not in default)

sudo aptitude install boinc-client boinc-manager
sudo apt-get install libreoffice
sudo apt-get install openvpn
sudo apt-get install synergy
sudo apt-get install vlc

https://github.com/parallella/parallella-ubuntu
Title: Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Post by: Raistmer on 16 Jun 2014, 09:08:25 am
BTW, I have some questions regarding Parallella usage.
1) can it be powered via USB only cause I have no adaptor for it?
2) what about keyboard support? Can it be used interactively with keyboard on USB or only network logon possible?

I'm still collecting needed parts for my own...
Title: Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Post by: Raistmer on 26 May 2015, 12:44:12 pm
Hi there,

If you own a Parallella please help us build the most efficient virtual supercomputer in the world this week!

Who, what, where, when, why?

http://supercomputer.io

Thanks to the amazing folks at resin.io there is now a containerized application deployment platform for the Parallella board enabling super easy workload scheduling for a fleet of thousands of Parallella across the globe with the push of a button.

We intend to offer "supercomputer.io" capacity for free to academic researchers working in the field of machine learning. Researchers at Google, Facebook, Baidu, and Microsoft are making steady progress with deep learning algorithms thanks to virtually limitless resources.  What if this kind of computing power could be available to all researchers for FREE?

If we can get 1,000 boards connected to supercomputer.io, researchers would have a 18,000 CPU supercomputer at their disposal, putting it in the same class as some of the computers on the Top500 while consuming less than 5 KW. With 2 ARM A9 cores, the Xilinx FPGA logic, and 16 Epiphany CPU cores, this would arguably be the most efficient supercomputer on the planet!

The first live image processing demo of this new virtual machine will be run at the Parallella Technical Conference in Tokyo this Saturday.

How to Help?

Based on conversation with countless Parallella owners over the last year, I can tell you that "time" is a scarce a commodity as ever. If you haven't turned on your Parallella yet, PLEASE help us put it to good use! Too much time and money was spent for the Parallellas to gather dust in some desk drawer. Let's at least build something useful out of it.
Download the special resin.io image from http://supercomputer.io
Burn an SD card
Power up your Parallella and connect it to your router. We take care of the rest.
General Updates

In case you haven't had time to keep up with our daily progress and development over the last year, here is a list of updates that may interest you.

Want to get started with parallel programming?
How the @#$% do I program the Parallella?
Still haven't bought a Parallella?
Ten Reasons to Buy a Parallella
Want to get reacquainted with the Parallella?
The new easy to install SDK and firmware. Much cooler, literally!
Want to meet other Parallella users?
1st ever Parallella Technical Conference May 30th in Tokyo
Looking for Project Ideas?
Parallella Projects Hall of Fame
Working in research, share your work!
Parallella Publications
Want to help us create an open source parallel standard library?
Announcing the Parallel Architectures Library (PAL)
 
Cheers,
Andreas Olofsson
 
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How is this different from BOINC?
Popular distributed computing projects like BOINC and Folding@home were designed for standard desktop computers. A new generation of low power embedded computers like Parallella require a new approach that puts more emphasis on small size and ease of deployment.
Title: Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Post by: Raistmer on 26 May 2015, 02:36:21 pm
This resin.io is whole new way of scientific apps deployment to user devices.
Perhaps, we should think to take part in that with SETI project too.
BOINC grew from SETI, but SETI should not restrict itself to BOINC ;)