Gert van Loo wrote:I am most skeptical about the software. You can't "just" take video encode/decode and distribute it over 64 cores.
The BCM2835 has many hundreds of years in SW in it. They will need a company with 60 top engineers running for eight years to get near what we have.
Gert made the assertion that RPi is 1/4 the cost of the Parallella, but 'cheap' is relative. As Gert correctly points out, there are man years of development in the SoC. However, that actually makes the case for open source.
As a developer, would I choose a platform that allows me to freely tap into the man years of development (Parallella) and modify it to my needs, or choose a platform that requires me to duplicate the man years of development (RPi)? What's quicker and cheaper to prototype, develop, and sell in volumes of 1000's? In short while, Paralella at $100 will bring with it a lot of open source code and knowledge.
FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt) is the usual way the established interests attack new ideas. Broadcom is certainly an established company, and RPi is just a cheap board - and making cheaper hardware is hardly a new idea.
No offense Gert, but your attitude towards open source is very predictable and 'corporate'. RPi gets no Open CL because it 'takes too long' and Broadcomm won't get it's money back. RPi gets just 1 camera module for the same reasons. As the community has tried to push RPi in new directions, Broadcomm has responded with the money argument.
The solution seems easy: Broadcomm ought to just bump the RPi cost by $10 and open source the software!
If Parallella gets it's business going (seems like it now), in a few years it - or a similar FOSS platform - could very well be the platform of just about every academic, hobbyist, and small commercial project out there.
Will RPi just be a cheap XBMC box (running older versions) because they stay closed source?