University builds supercomputer based on Raspberry Pi and Lego
The magic of Lego and ultra-simple and cheap Raspberry Pi joined the University of Southampton to become a low-cost supercomputer. Its authors even published a style guide ” do it yourself “for those interested to build one.
Raspberry Pi is a mini-computer based on ARM which runs Linux, made by a foundation. The supercomputer project was led by Professor Simon Cox, who with the help of his 6 year old son James (expert Lego), 64 Raspberry Pi connected, each with a 16GB SD card, building a functional cluster less than $ 4,000 (not including Ethernet switches needed to connect the nodes).
They created a software named “Iridis-Pi”, in honor of the university Iridis supercomputer, using a free implementation of Message Passing Interface and code written in Python to distribute tasks. The details of the construction can be seen here .
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