The IBM Blue Gene/P supercomputer installation at the Argonne Leadership Angela Yang Computing Facility, located in the Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, Ill., December 2007.
(Source: Argonne National Laboratory)
It's not an SBC but if i wanted to smash numbers a GPU board would be better, the nVidia Titan z has 5760 cores for 3000$, that's a little more than 50 cents a core, WIHTOUT all the hastle of dealing with a bunch of SBCs. Infact you can put 2 Titan Zs in a regular mid tower or even mini-atx on your desktop and DONE, almost 12,000 cores at your disposal for about 6K$, THAT would be home brew super computing, not a bunch of SBCs with a zillian ports you don't need and taking up valuable space, however it would look kool.
Little giants indeed. We got the idea for this story when Nvidia briefed us on the $192/192-core Jetson TK1, which the company calls the world's first embedded supercomputer, because it uses Nvidia's Kepler core used in supercomputers. Now I need to get them to give me a free sample of the kit so I can give it away to an engineer on EE Times.
"To put that into perspective, the SoC is packed with a mind-blowing 192 cores..."
Just 192 cores? Couldn't they pack any more?...LOL...just kidding.
Could not believe that RS232 had still got a chance to exist on the Nvidia SBC.
Interesting to see that Raspberry Pi has found its place in the super-computer as well!