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 […]
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
Anyone with interest in assembly level programming should definitely check out the awesome real time open source assembly inspection tool developed by Matt Godbolt called gcc explorer. The tool runs in your browser and lets you inspect assembly code output as you write! Compared to hacking around with the command line terminal and objdump this is […]
(dibase): In early May 2014 I finally received from Adapteva  my Parallella Kickstarter project  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  and forums […]
During the process of testing and validating the Parallella boards we ran a lot of open benchmarks from http://openbenchmarking.org/. 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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]