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by pygmy_giant
Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:41 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Replies: 156
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Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone

Ah - I see - I think. Thanks for your patience in explaining that. Could a good example test application be a neural network? A sequential CPU would have to shuffle stuff about to emulate one whereas an FPGA could effectivey be a direct silicone implimentation, albeit with its neurons having a limit...
by pygmy_giant
Mon Apr 29, 2013 3:26 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Replies: 156
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Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone

I'm confused. In this thread http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=47&t=32867&hilit=fpga+slow&start=75 I wrote: In the future, when people have flying cars, all computers will have dual core FPGAs instead of CPUs - these will be capable of re-configuring each other and the memory which w...
by pygmy_giant
Sat Apr 27, 2013 1:22 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Replies: 156
Views: 45834

Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone

I thought FPGAs are at present big energy guzzlers compared to their hard-wired counterparts. You might cynically describe the Parallela as a solution looking for a problem or optimistically as a new tool with unexplored potential and uses. All inovation involves imagination and risk. I am looking f...
by pygmy_giant
Fri Apr 26, 2013 11:51 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Can you live on £53 a week?
Replies: 39
Views: 6728

Re: Can you live on £53 a week?

How can you be sure? They're nocturnal you know.
by pygmy_giant
Fri Apr 26, 2013 11:48 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Replies: 156
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Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone

I would have thought that multiple cores would be perfct for multi-tasking OSes?
by pygmy_giant
Thu Apr 25, 2013 11:43 pm
Forum: For sale
Topic: For Sale: CuBox 2" Computer (Now £90!)
Replies: 30
Views: 4967

Re: For Sale: CuBox 2" Computer (£130)

Put it on Ebay - they go for £100 new there.
by pygmy_giant
Thu Apr 25, 2013 10:19 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Can you live on £53 a week?
Replies: 39
Views: 6728

Re: Can you live on £53 a week?

Maybe if they ate cat food.

Gritz - its one of the hysterical e-petitions on the UK government website.

I think we should all go ferral like the cats, climb through other people's windows and curl up asleep on their beds while they are out.
by pygmy_giant
Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:59 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Can you live on £53 a week?
Replies: 39
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Re: Can you live on £53 a week?

It has come to my attention that in today's society there are Laws for almost everything, but none for cats. They can roam where they like. Leave their Faeces in other peoples gardens, homes play parks etc. which if in contact with can cause Toxoplasmosis. Jump in through neighbours windows roam th...
by pygmy_giant
Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:43 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Replies: 156
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Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone

no... you get a dual core ARM 9 processor and plus the 64 cores on the Epiphany chip (http://www.parallella.org/board/)
by pygmy_giant
Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:36 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Replies: 156
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Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone

Ravenous said: If you have enough workers, the manager would be fully occupied, and get hot under the collar. I thought the 2x big CPUS on the Paralella could be the bossess and the many comparatively feeble cores could be the workers. As they are bigger and faster the bosses could therefore keep u...
by pygmy_giant
Thu Apr 25, 2013 2:32 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Can you live on £53 a week?
Replies: 39
Views: 6728

Re: Can you live on £53 a week?

Sorry - I misunderstood your post hence the edit - good idea.
by pygmy_giant
Thu Apr 25, 2013 1:59 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Replies: 156
Views: 45834

Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone

Am I right in thinking that parallel processors come into their own when performing operations on data that are not dependant on being done in any particular order? I visualise them as a swarm of munchkins attacking a problem en-masse. Can you instruct each munchkin to work on a seperate designated ...
by pygmy_giant
Wed Apr 24, 2013 6:34 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Replies: 156
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Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone

fair enough
by pygmy_giant
Wed Apr 24, 2013 5:56 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
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Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone

I think the Parallela and the RPi are both great bits of kit with alot to offer education on different levels - they obviously fulfill different niches. However, the world never stops and, probably due in no small part to the RPi testing the market, new boards are popping up every few months. Althou...
by pygmy_giant
Tue Apr 23, 2013 9:58 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Buying Raspberry Pi things with Bitcoin
Replies: 21
Views: 5711

Re: Buying Raspberry Pi things with Bitcoin

Seems like an easy way to get fleeced! Why would anyone buy from a virtual store using a transaction method that gives no recourse to remedy should they not receive goods paid for? Surely what really backs any currency is the regulating framework that ensures transactions are honoured. Can anyone ch...
by pygmy_giant
Tue Apr 23, 2013 3:23 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Replies: 156
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Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone

Could the Parallela not also have apis for simpletons like me so that we can use its cores without having to understand parallel computing too much? Perhaps the Parallela with its FPGA is more like piece of plastacine which the end user can cutomise and configure into the kind of computer they want?...
by pygmy_giant
Tue Apr 23, 2013 2:06 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Replies: 156
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Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GPGPU

You could say that about base jumping, kite surfing and extreme ironing but some people enjoy it as a hobby - and it has health benefits (if you don't hurt yourself).

Why the negativity?
by pygmy_giant
Tue Apr 23, 2013 1:55 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Replies: 156
Views: 45834

Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone

So I guess we all own a parallel computer ie. the Pi's GPU but can't access it for non-graphical tasks?

Doh! I was going to wait a year - never mind.
by pygmy_giant
Tue Apr 23, 2013 12:32 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Replies: 156
Views: 45834

Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone

You might be right - lets wait and see how people take to it...

I'll post again in a year.
by pygmy_giant
Tue Apr 23, 2013 12:17 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Replies: 156
Views: 45834

Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone

I'm not saying its easy, I'm just saying its possible. I'm also saying that like all tech it starts off as being the reserve of university researchers and then through software innovation becomes accessible to common folk like me. Regular processors were way too complicated for most mortals to under...
by pygmy_giant
Tue Apr 23, 2013 11:56 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Replies: 156
Views: 45834

Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone

I think we'll all be surprised - I'm giving it a year. Pooh-poohing nay-saying doom mongers often end up with egg on face (Chinese proverb).

Whats needed is a tollerably easy to use parallel core - sequentially thinking human interface. I expect thats under development too.
by pygmy_giant
Tue Apr 23, 2013 11:36 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Replies: 156
Views: 45834

Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone

I like the idea of it - but I'm scared of it too. Didn't stop me signing up to for an invitation to buy one though. Will probably be a late adopter - I'll wait for the clever folk to figure out how to use it first. I think the next Raspberry computer should be like the Parallella but with a Raspberr...
by pygmy_giant
Mon Apr 22, 2013 11:25 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
Replies: 156
Views: 45834

Re: Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone

The FPDA looks like an integral part of the architecture from here, rather than a discrete resource that's waiting to be given something interesting to do. Mmmm - but its connected to 48 GPIOs - I'm guessing you can configure it via the processors? Thats why I got excited - on reflection its probab...

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