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Wow! An Open Source, 45GHz, 16-core Processor for Less Than $100!

This is an amazing crowdfunding campaign. From their Kickstarter page:

 the Parallella computer should deliver up to 45 GHz of equivalent CPU performance on a board the size of a credit card while consuming only 5 Watts under typical work loads. Counting GHz, this is more horsepower than a high end server costing thousands of dollars and  consuming 400W.

They even have plans for a very cheap 64-core processor. The democratization of high-end supercomputing is upon us.

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Only 16 more days to go and Parallela has not yet reached half its funding goal. It would be a shame if this project is not fully funded.
 
In seriousness, I withhold my pledge from this project because I can't yet identify a use for Parallella. I have no interest in parallel computing for its own sake, and have no particular need for heavy-duty computational work aside from a very short list heavy on image processing and media transcoding.

What's Parallella do for a non-developing technical user other than provide bragging rights?
 
+Jay Dugger Any company, or initiative like parallella, that significantly reduces the cost of parallel computing offers benefits to humanity. Parallel computing allows numerous calculations to be performed simultaneously rather than sequentially. This type of power accrues a number of benefits.

Numerical modeling algorithms used to study motion of particles or even planets, simulations of complex structures such as enzymatic reactions in the design of new medicines or complex multivariate climate forecasting, signal processing gains that will enable innovations in robotics, AI, and real-time 3D visualizations, are among a few of the possible benefits that massively parallel processing systems provide. The sheer reduction in processing time and the power to model dynamic, extremely complex systems, makes parallel processing a sleeping giant. 
 
Only two weeks left in Parallella's Kickstarter campaign and it has not quite reached the halfway funding-goal mark. It would be an absolute shame if this project does not get funded.

Parallel computing offers many promises and will drive many breakthroughs. The fact that Adapteva, the company behind the Parallella Project, is willing to #OpenSource the project is astounding. That alone makes the project worthwhile. However, the fact that a massively-parallel chip will cost less than $100 makes this project crucial to innovation.

If you are even slightly interested in this topic, please consider making a donation. I'm planning on upping mine to help out more.
 
With only 10 days remaining, the Parallella Kickstarter campaign has finally passed the halfway funding point. The chances of this massively worthy project hitting the funding goal, and therefore getting funding, does not look too good at this time.

If you believe in the promise of this open sourced technology, please share this project's Kickstart campaign with your Social Web contacts.
 
Only three days remain to fund this important #OpenSource, parallel computing project. They have almost reached 23 of their goal. Unfortunately, it will most likely not get funded.

Too bad they did not #CrowdFund on Indiegogo and select the flexible funding option which would have allowed them to keep whatever they raised. I'm guessing that 2/3 of the goal would go a long way in helping them with this project.
 
The Parallella project just released a new video on their Kickstarter campaign homepage that demonstrates what this amazing CPU can  do for non-programmers. Please consider funding if you have not yet done so.
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