Thanks for writing about us again! It's been a looong journey since 2010. Patience has never been a strength of mine either, not sure if it should be?:-) Although this milestone was important, the next one is the one that really matters: shipping 6,300 final product boards. As you know when it comes to HW, talk is cheap. What matters is shipping a great product that works reliably. We are getting close and are working as hard as we possibly can to make it happen as soon as possible.
The bitcoin algorithm doesn't map well onto the Epiphany archtiecture and there are already a lot of a few really fast bitcoin mining ASICs out there. However, Parallella should do well on the next coin mining craze called "litecoin". @solardiz at Openwall (the good guys behind John the Ripper password cracker) are looking into it.
1. Cheapest Zynq platform available -- Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 plus FPGA fabric. Even if you haven't had your Epiphany yet, Parallella lets you play with Zynq for US$99 instead of a US$395 ZedBoard.
2. Open-source hardware GPU. The open source software community has been locked out of the massive parallelism allowed by GPUs because most of their architectures are closed and you can't write your own code for them. This is one of the most frequent compaints about Raspberry Pi. With Parallella you'll be able to run GPU functions on Epiphany and use the FPGA to display the results (at least I think the logic paths are there to do this).
3. Parallel programing research has been held back for decades because there are so few parallel computers available to play with. Parallella is a game-changer here, and will allow parallel languages and compilation techniques to thrive. Look what happened when micro-computers let experimenters have their own computers for hundreds instead of tens of thousands of dollars.
Andreas- congratulations on this milestone and here's to continued success. Looking forward to learning how long it takes to ship the 6,300. From the enthusiasm this has generated, I'd venture to guess not that long. Please keep us posted.
Congratulations Andreas and team!...A super computer running flat out and just consuming 5watts!! That is amazing!! Will it be available for sale for individuals outside US (I am from India) in that attractive price? :) I would be very much interested then.
Being a low power, low cost super computer (but little in size :)), I would personally try to explore applications starting with home automation: probably several homes in the neighborhood (why not starting a service :))? Probably allowing the users to monitor and control staffs at their home using their smart phones? That's my little tought as of now...
But would it be underestimating its capabilities? May be it can do more...like running complex algorithms where parallel computing is an advantage....e.g. complex flow algorithms in the O&G indistry?