How do I program the Epiphany?

Since the Parallella Kickstarter campaign in 2012 the one question I get more than any other is ” How the @#$% do I program this thing?” You are never going to become fluent in parallel programming without coding, so pick a card, any card. Let’s do some parallel programming! Thanks to the incredible open source work that has come […]

Adapteva 2015 Conference Presentations (Video+slides)

Here are some Parallella related presentations from last month. Slide deck sources (Markdown) can be found HERE. HOTCHIPS Presentation: Implementing Software Defined Radio with Parallella Video: YES DARPA, Wait, What? Presentation: The Power of Openness Video: YES IEEE High Performance Extreme Computing Conference (HPEC):  Presentation: “Kickstarting Parallel Computing” Open Source Hardware Summit: Presentation: “Open Source Chip Design” Video: YES

Building a Parallella Mini Cluster

(dibase): In early May 2014 I finally received from Adapteva [1] my Parallella Kickstarter project [2] mini-cluster reward of 4 Parallella boards plus network switch, power adapters, cables etc. The reward was originally supposed to be delivered in May 2013 but suffered many delays and setbacks, as documented on the Parallella website [3] and forums […]

Benchmarks comparing the Raspberry Pi to the Parallella

During the process of  testing and validating the Parallella boards we ran a lot of open benchmarks from  It was surprisingly hard to find benchmarks that met our requirements and in our opinion the Phoronix test suite is the best option for open and transparent benchmarks that: Must be open source Have a permissive […]


Epiphany System Calculator

This calculator illustrates how the Epiphany architecture can be scaled up to create very powerful computers that consume a modest amount of power. Each Epiphany cores provides 2 floating point operations per clock cycle and consumes approximately 25mW when operating at 800MHz (Epiphany-IV). The form has been pre-filled with numbers from Parallella-64 for illustration purposes.

Computer Cost of Ownership Calculator

It’s easy to forget how expensive it can be to operate a computer over time. Inefficient computers without effective sleep modes that sit idle for years can easily run up electricity bills that far exceed the purchase price of the device. This calculator estimates the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of computers.  The form is […]


Silicon Cost Calculator

This calculator gives a rough estimate of the manufacturing cost of unpackaged semiconductor chips. Wafer prices aren’t something that is generally available, but doing an internet search of “wafer price trends” should give you a rough idea. Of course, just like with software there isn’t necessarily a strong correlation between manufacturing cost and selling price.

Building Linux for the Parallella Platform

Introduction The goal of this document is to provide a complete guide on how to build an SD card image used for booting Linux on the Parallella board. This document can be used as a follow-up to the Parallella Platform Reference Design post, or as a standalone guide. Each major SD card image component (FPGA […]

Parallella Platform Reference Design

Introduction The Parallella platform was created based on a foundation of openness. We are committed to providing the Parallella community with every tool needed to make the modifications to the platform in the easiest way possible. This means providing free open source development tools, libraries, board design files and FPGA design code. Today we are […]