Maybe as a starting point learn about what a modern supercomputer looks like. Where I worked several years ago we had a Super Computer, in reality it's just a lot of racks filled with high 1U servers a number of which had high end GPUs connected to them. Nvidia used to have (and may still have) GPUs designed for the compute market where they have the processing capability without the display parts.ProDigit wrote: ↑Sat May 05, 2018 10:33 amWouldn't it be awesome, if the Raspberry Pi foundation, who brought computing to the home, would also be able to engineer a supercomputer for the home?
Personally I would love to one day own a 128 core Raspberry Pi supercomputer, compatible with perhaps 8 sticks of DDR3, to run bitcoin mining, Folding at home, or other programs on Linux, that can make use of tens to hundreds of CPUs.
Rather than run programs from power hungry GPUs, perhaps it's better to run them from more cores at lower powerdraws.
Meh. As others have said, the architecture of a modern supercomputer isn't much different than you'd get by stuffing a lot of RPi boards into a big case. As I've said in other threads, if the RPF wanted to support that kind of thing, the first step is to document a wider variety of projects that used more than one RPi.
The hardware is only the starting point. What software is this new architecture supposed to run? How are people going to make use of this "supercomputer" that may otherwise be slower and more expensive than a regular PC when it comes to performing regular/simple tasks?I mean, a motherboard about the size of a regular PC ATX case, but loaded with affordable lower power CPUs (like ARM) and affordable RAM?
Then you don't know much about the rigs that can mine Bitcoin most efficiently these days.Personally I would love to one day own a 128 core Raspberry Pi supercomputer, compatible with perhaps 8 sticks of DDR3, to run bitcoin mining,
There's no "perhaps" about it: it is not better to run GPU-optimized tasks on a regular CPU, regardless of the core count. While there are many interesting things that could be done with an RPi "supercomputer", none of them are what you seem to want to do.Rather than run programs from power hungry GPUs, perhaps it's better to run them from more cores at lower powerdraws.
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