104 parallel computing projects for next summer


Here’s a list of projects that we think could benefit greatly from the energy efficient computing offered by the Epiphany accelerator. If you are interested in porting software for any of these applications to the Epiphany architecture, we would love to hear from you.


media box
console emulator
vlc media player
bullet physics
soft video codec
2D to 3D conversion
soft video transcoder
video editing
real time video enhancements
movie rendering

Computer Vision:

face detection
face recognition
finger print matching
object tracking
pattern matching
optical flow
content based image retrival
signature verification
optical character recognition
automated optical inspection
number plate recognition
stereo vision
gesture recognition
people counter
remote sensing
velocity moments
visual world
image stabilization
iris matching
object classification
video analytics
manufacturing inspection
augmented overlay


voice over ip appliance
video conferencing
network monitor
deep packet inspection
software defined networking


automonous driving
speed detection
distance estimator
pedestrian detection
traffic sign detection
car trains
lane change collision avoidance
fog penetration
glare reduction
holographic heads up display
intersection traffic monitor

High Performance Computing:

real time internet stream analytics
real time market analytics
portable supercomputing
wearable computer
soft encryption engine
code breaker
data logger
solar powered super computer
mult-pysics simulation
octave accelerator
high frequency trading
in the field seismology processing

Image Processing:

baggage scanners


portable ultrasound
portable lab
portable multi sensor diagnostics
x-prize platform
EKG platform
portable genomics
dna sequencing
X-ray imaging


photo editing
photo enhancement
portable darktable


robotics brain
space electronics
robotics sensor unit
multi sensor inertial navigation


real time speech recognition
realistic speech synthesis
real time translation
speaker  verification

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles:

synthetic aperture radar
hyperspectral imaging
IR imaging
smart stream compression
large focal array sensor imaging
fractal compression
optical flow
autonomous flight
landmine detection

Wireless Communication:

GNU radio
cognitive radio
soft wifi
small cell base stations
legacy protocol emulation
signal enhancement
radio astronomy
ham radio
secure communication
antenna predistorion
satellite communication terminal
soft GPS receiver

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  1. Well, you know, when a good idea does not find sponsors one becomes suspicious whether it is too good to be true. This list does not exactly help with credibility, of course if the focus is on much lower power consumption then you could include all computing in the world, but if we are talking applications that are likely to be running on battery for a long time then it is hard to imagine that radar and astronomy will be battery-limited, or that a fingerprint reader will run for more than a few seconds per day. VLC might run for hours on a portable device, but then you’d have to “prove” that VLC on Arm is so much more of a battery hog. If I was a struggling startup I would produce lists with more intrinsic value!

  2. This platform seriously grabbed my curiosity. I was considering building a cluster of 8 or so Playstation 3 consoles to take advantage of the CELL processor potential using Yellow Dog Linux, but now I am interested in the Epiphany’s native computing potential. I would port this to the educational industries because it could greatly enhance lower income schools by offering a great amount of computing potential at a very low cost per unit. The medical and military fields are perfect playgrounds to show the full potential of this platform, and the average consumer would no longer be forced into upgrading by corporations who design things to fail in a relatively short timeframe. I am also curious of what is required to add more LAN ports on the board to build a truly powerful firewall appliance for the network security field. I am hoping that since Ubuntu works on this device, that Xubuntu would work equally well (if not faster) due to it’s lightness of the X11 gui frontend. CENT OS would be great for this, as it is an enterprise operating system. I hope many more people discover the potential of this platform.

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