Wow things are really racing along with regard to the Parallella Supercomputer project on Kickstarter.
When I posted my first blog on this topic on Tuesday of this week, the project had raised only $439,565 of their $750,000 goal.
I just visited the project on Kickstarter now they are up to $611,504, which means that $171,939 has been pledged in just three days!!!
But we still need to raise $138,496 for this Kickstarter project to go forward.
The deadline is Saturday, Oct. 27, at 6:00 p.m. EDT, so there are only about 30 hours to go at the time of this writing.
Why do I care? Well, several reasons, actually, not the least that I've made the $99 pledge myself, for which amount I shall receive my very own Parallella Supercomputer
but ONLY if the Kickstarter project reaches its goal.
But the main reason is that I really like Andreas and the folks at Adapteva I remember a couple of years ago when Andreas left his job, disappeared down into his basement, and fed (occasionally) on sandwiches prepared by his long-suffering wife -- single-handedly invented a new computer architecture, designed his own System-on-Chip (SoC) from the ground up including learning how to use all of the EDA tools then took the device all the way to working silicon and a packaged prototype (click here to see that epic tale).
The $100 Parallella Supercomputer is the next chapter in the story the combination of Adapteva's Epiphany multicore processor chip and Xilinx's Zynq All Programmable SoC with its dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor and traditional FPGA programmable fabric.
Block diagram of the Zynq-based Parallella personal supercomputer.
Oooooh, the things I will be able to do with this little beauty
BUT ONLY IF THE KICKSTARTER PROJECT
REACHES ITS GOAL!!! (Sorry
I didnt mean to shout).
So please help me spread the word start pinging everyone you know on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and so forth. This is a chance to make a difference let's not blow this opportunity for the sake of only $138,496.
A Zynq development board with an Epiphany daughter card
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