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SylvieBarak
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SylvieBarak   10/24/2012 5:15:10 PM
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Do want!!! That looks awesome!

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Max The Magnificent   10/24/2012 5:52:14 PM
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Me 2 -- I can't wait!!!

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grzy   10/24/2012 7:58:28 PM
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Its very interesting, but i'm skeptical of the usefulness. The thing is that the cores are going to be starved for data. Maybe you can pick a few specific applications where this may not be the case, but in general you dont just process the same data over and over. If you look at the architecture you have coherency problems and bandwidth problems. If you were to analyze many applications, many of the cores would just be idle waiting for data input or output. Also the program(s) running on the cores need to be relatively small. I mean all cores can see what the others are doing, but how do you manage that? Hence the result really expensive super computers ...

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Max The Magnificent   10/24/2012 7:59:46 PM
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Someone just emailed me to say: "If you consider 16 or 64 cores a SuperComputer then what is this one with 144 that is shipping now? http://www.greenarraychips.com There is more to this than just core count, like interconnections. Can we make a 4D-HyperCube like we can with the XMOS (decedents of Imos Transputers)? http://www.xmos.com/resources/xkits?category=XK-XMP-64+Development+Board I replied "I think the main point here is that a lot of today's really compute-intensive tasks require floating point capability -- to the best of my knowledge, products like Green Arrays and XMOS don't support floating-point."

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adapteva   10/24/2012 8:08:57 PM
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Agreed, bandwidth CAN be a killer, but there are plenty of applications that require a massive amount of processing per byte. Here are some of the applications we think the Parallella would be great at: face detection face recognition finger print matching object tracking pattern matching optical flow content based image retrival signature verification optical character recognition automated optical inspection number plate recognition stereo vision gesture recognition people counter remote sensing velocity moments visual world image stabilization iris matching object classification video analytics manufacturing inspection augmented overlay synthetic aperture radar hyperspectral imaging IR imaging smart stream compression large focal array sensor imaging fractal compression optical flow autonomous flight landmine detection GNU radio cognitive radio Complete list here: http://www.adapteva.com/white-papers/104-parallel-computing-projects-for-next-summer/

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adapteva   10/24/2012 9:19:28 PM
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Max, Thank you for the really kind article! Just want to clarify that I really only designed the first chip myself. The last three chips were a complete team effort, with Roman Trogan being in charge of chip design and Oleg Raikhman in charge of verification and programming tools integration. I supported them from time to time, but spent most of my time failing at fundraising, selling, and marketing.. Andreas

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old account Frank Eory   10/24/2012 11:36:37 PM
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This is a very interesting project. Best of luck to you Andreas!

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Tony Lange   10/25/2012 3:38:33 AM
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Can this be used for finite element numerical simulations: there are many simulation tools for semiconductors, materials, meteology, geology... they run very slow even on multi-core PC.

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ost0   10/25/2012 7:33:26 AM
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The first WANT-NOW app for this beast should ofcourse be a FPGA sim,synthesis and routing tool! (Does anyone work to do that with CUDA yet?) Whoever comes first, let me know and I'll throw my money at you! :)

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dneves   10/25/2012 7:40:03 AM
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This is excelent and a great bang for the buck IMHO. This is whether you are a believer in this kind of multicore approach or not. At the very least you can see the board as a Zync-7000 development board as well, which the cheapest I could find was around 300 bucks (albeit a stronger sibbling of this FPGA, SoC, whatever...). As a (big) bonus you have this nice parallel core (the Epiphany)that you can play with, and who knows what kind of applications can be devised that can make a very good use of it. The sky (imagination) is the limit! :-)

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