October 20, 2012 by Alex Hoekstra
I’ve spent the past two days at the Open Science Summit, hearing about different solutions and opportunities to the challenges and obstacles that scientists face. The answers vary with regard to how these structural, systemic obstacles can and should be overcome, but one uniting principle is openness – communication and connection and collaboration. We believe that together, we can achieve more. We have good reason to believe this, but we have a whole world to win over – to convince that openness is healthier, happier, and more profitable over the long-term (and when the bottom line consists of more than dollars and cents). Today’s project believes in achieving more together, and is a great example of how we can all get a lot by giving a little. Check out Parallella: the supercomputer of the people, for the people, by the people and back it before October 27.
Making parallel computing easy to use has been described as “a problem as hard as any that computer science has faced”. With such a big challenge ahead, we need to make sure that every programmer has access to cheap and open parallel hardware and development tools. Inspired by great hardware communities like Raspberry Pi and Arduino, we see a critical need for a truly open, high-performance computing platform that will close the knowledge gap in parallel programing. The goal of the Parallella project is to democratize access to parallel computing. If we can pull this off, who knows what kind of breakthrough applications could arise? Maybe some of them will even change the world in some small but positive way.