The cost of small microcomputer boards is so low that I can add a node per day to a supercomputer cluster just with the lunch/snack/drink money I save while on my diet. While perhaps not the fastest, the latest $9 C.H.I.P. board is small and draws little power. Pictured here is a six node cluster of Raspberry Pi. While their price tag reads $40 each, they have 4x the cores plus a graphics processor chip. General purpose graphics processing units are often at the heart of serious compute intensive clusters. Then there is the $99 Parallallela with a slower 2… (Read More)
The latest project we have backed is the C.H.I.P., a tiny computer with a lot of resources packed into it. They claim it to have a “$9” price tag, but time will tell if they are able to hit that target or not. All I know is that my first four units have arrived and I’m going to plug one in and see how it performs. It certainly is small, smaller than a credit card, shown here with the Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone Black, and the Arduino Uno. Click on the gallery images to jump to that project’s Kickstarter page.