[Arm-netbook] Adapteva Parallella: Thoughts?
russell.hyer at gmail.com
Wed Dec 28 19:50:14 GMT 2016
thanks Andrew for the hat-tip (I'd tip mine if I had one)
On 28 December 2016 at 19:33, Andrew M.A. Cater
<amacater at galactic.demon.co.uk> wrote:
> On Fri, Dec 23, 2016 at 07:20:05AM +0000, Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton wrote:
>> crowd-funded eco-conscious hardware: https://www.crowdsupply.com/eoma68
>> On Fri, Dec 23, 2016 at 7:02 AM, John Luke Gibson <eaterjolly at gmail.com> wrote:
>> > Obviously it's been mentioned before, since it's on the <a
>> > href=http://rhombus-tech.net/adapteva/>wiki</a>.
>> > There isn't much information on the page however.
>> > The core doesn't work standalone, however it is completely open with
>> > an HDL and a schematic; it is in the direction that a puristic libre
>> > system would be if not "technically" all the way there. The board
>> > itself has both(I think?) an arm and a x86 on board, simply because
>> > adapteva is too new to have enough libraries ported for a full os (I
>> > think?).
>> > Now their boards are $99 which is a jump from $40, so my question
>> > would be was price differential the reason why it wasn't included or
>> > where there too many compatibility/tooling issues?
>> i believe i spoke to them (it may have been a different company), if
>> i recall correctly (which i probably don't) their core PCB (which they
>> haven't released) is 12-layer, which means "insanely expensive to
>> mostly it's down to practicality of cost, and time. if people offer
>> to *pay* for these boards to be made, i'll get them done, no problem.
> Lovely board, lots of potential - but no community because it's hard
> to program the fast cores - lots of low level C programming to make
> best use of it, though someone did do a GNURadio port for Google
> Summer of Code a while back
> I was a Kickstarter backer - but chickened out of the significant
> porting effort needed. The orignal Kickstarter board came without
> significant heatsinking so needed extra fan cooling. There was
> an Ubuntu port for it - and it would probably run Debian with no
> huge problem - armhf.
> It's an ARM, FPGA and then however many Epiphany cores - Anders
> Olofssen (? spelling ?) built his ideal system for signal
> processing tasks because he couldn't find the necessary for his
> Ph.D - the paraphrase on lack of community is from his site.
> Ericsson and others have, however, funded additional R&D so
> they've got to 1024 core boards. Really useful for a compact
> supercomputer / specialist 5G hardware but fairly tough
> for pretty much everybody else to get a toehold because the
> initial learning curve is non-trivial.
> Andy C.
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