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Ten things you should know about Parallella

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#10. Best Price Performance There are cheaper single board computers out there, but starting at $99 the Parallella board is still the leader in terms of price/performance. 18 CPU cores, Gigabit Ethernet, 1GB RAM, and a Field Programmable Gate Array for $99 is a great deal! #9. Made in the USA The Parallella board was designed and manufactured locally here in New England…

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Parallella Technical Conference Program Schedule

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The program schedule for the first ever Parallella Technical Conference (PTC) has been finalized and we have a great set of talks lined up thanks to participation from 4/7 continents. Amazing! Talks span the gamut: from "how to get going with Parallella" to maximizing floating point performance for High Performance Computing. Date: May 30th Location: Tokyo, “DMM.make” Akiba (https://akiba.dmm-make.com/) Agenda: 14:00-18:00...
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Threaded MPI for the Epiphany Architecture

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Brown Deer Technology (BDT) is excited to announce that we have demonstrated the use of MPI for programming the Epiphany architecture. Programming is easy and the performance has been incredible. In this post I will share an overview of what is being developed and highlight an example of its application to a 2D FFT. MPI, the overlooked API for Epiphany….

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New Parallella eLink FPGA project now available in Vivado

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Last summer we started migrating the elink from Xilinx ISE to the new Vivado tools while also doing a complete overhaul of the design to improve performance, power, and maintainability. There is still optimization work to be done in terms of elink read/write performance, but I consider the new design to be a high quality starting point for future work. The new…

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What I learned building a parallel processor from scratch

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A few weeks ago I gave a talk to a group of graduate students at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg Sweden. The talk was part of a 12 week course (Chalmers Computing Labs Tech Talks) intended to bridge the world of academia and industry by inviting speakers to talk about difficult product problems (and solutions) from different industries. Professor…

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Cooling and Monitoring the Temperature

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While the Parallella board is capable of delivering industry leading GFLOPS/watt performance (doing more with less energy), it is a small and densely populated board and it’s vital that adequate cooling is provided. Without which there may be temporary or even permanent failures. Kickstarter boards and those ordered via the Adapteva shop prior to 10th July came supplied with a…

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Parallella Competition Rules (Rev 0.0)

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Parallella Programming Challenge Rev 0.0 Goal To create a fun competition where a new generation of programmers can be challenged and gain experience in parallel algorithms and parallel programming. Hardware Platform All teams will use identical parallel hardware platform consisting of FOUR Parallella (16+2)-core boards connected together through a Gigabit Ethernet switch. Hardware modifications are allowed but teams are not…

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