Chipmaker Adapteva wants to make parallel computing (or supercomputing) available to everyone, and they have launched a Kickstarter to promote a solution that costs right around $99. The Kickstarter project aims to raise at least $750,000, with a stretch goal of $3 million.
Adapteva is looking to raise $750,000 for what it calls "Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone," a 16-core board capable of hitting 13GHz and 26 gigaflops in performance. The Kickstarter also has a stretch goal of $3 million, and if they hit it the company promises to make a $199 64-core board capable of hitting 45GHz and 90 gigaflops. A pledge of $99 guarantees supporters a 16-core board by May 2013, while a pledge of $499 guarantees delivery by February. The current hardware is in the prototype phase.
While there are similarities between the Parallella and projects like Raspberry Pi, the Parallella will offer 10 to 50 times the performance of Raspberry Pi, with the potential 64-core version. So far the Kickstarter has raised $61,327 of its $750,00 goal from 542 backers, with 29 more days to go.
Source: Ars Technica