Parallella intends to offer "supercomputer.io" capacity for free to academic researchers working in the field of machine learning. Researchers at Google, Facebook, Baidu, and Microsoft are making steady progress with deep learning algorithms thanks to virtually limitless resources. What if this kind of computing power could be available to all researchers for free?
If Parallella can get 1,000 boards connected to supercomputer.io, researchers would have a 18,000 CPU supercomputer at their disposal, putting it in the same class as some of the computers on the TOP500 while consuming less than 5 KW. With 2 ARM A9 cores, the Xilinx FPGA logic, and 16 Epiphany CPU cores, this would arguably be the most efficient supercomputer on the planet.
The first live image processing demo of this new virtual machine will be run at the Parallella Technical Conference in Tokyo on May 30, 2015.
Based on conversation with countless Parallella owners over the last year, Parallella can tell you that "time" is a scarce a commodity as ever. If you haven't turned on your Parallella yet, help Parallella now to put it to good use. Too much time and money was spent for the Parallellas to gather dust in some desk drawer. Let's at least build something useful out of it.
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