Supercomputer built from LEGO and 64 credit card-sized computers
A team led by Professor Simon Cox of Southampton University engineered a supercomputer from 64 Raspberry Pi computers (http://www.raspberrypi.org/faqs
), a bunch of LEGO and an ample amount of ingenuity.
The machine is powered by a single 13 Amp socket and uses MPI (Message Passing Interface) to communicate between nodes using Ethernet. Code for the processors was written using the free plug-in ‘Python tools for Visual Studio’ (http://pytools.codeplex.com/
The team is hopeful that students will be inspired and enabled by this low-cost system as an example of applying high-performance computing and data handling to tackle complex engineering and scientific challenges.
You can read more about the project here: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/mediacentre/features/raspberry_pi_supercomputer.shtmlor
build your own following these instructions: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/~sjc/raspberrypi/