Last week we put together the first large scale Parallella cluster. The system consisted of 42 Parallella boards (for a total of 756 CPUs), with the total power consumption coming in under 500 Watts. This makes it possibly one of the densest clusters in the world thanks to the Parallella board! We have been drinking the Parallella cool-aid for a long time, but we were still surprised by how easy it was to put together.:-)
By putting together our very own Parallella cluster we received validation that we are finally ready to ship our gen-0 Parallella boards to backers. It has certainly been a long time coming! It seems like ages ago (IN FACT IT WAS!) that we shipped the bulky Parallella prototypes. Yesterday we shipped the first credit card sized gen-0 Parallella board to a Kickstarter backer and approximately 40 more will go out this week to other early access backers (ROLF, 64-CORE-PLUS, and DEVELOPER reward levels) and folks who generously answered our cry for help a month back.
Today we also announced that we are ready take pre-orders for the 16-core Parallella board online at shop.adapteva.com. We are pleased so say that we were able to keep the entry point at $99 without losing money! It goes without saying that that the pre-orders will be fulfilled only after the Kickstarter backer orders have all shipped.
Lots more announcements and blog post coming up in the next week so stay tuned!