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October 18, 2012, 08:21:35 PM
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Hey guys,
You may want to check that out. [1]
This project claims to provide the following for 99 $ once it has enough backers:

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    Dual-core ARM A9 CPU
    Epiphany Multicore Accelerator (16 or 64 cores)
    1GB RAM
    MicroSD Card
    USB 2.0 (two)
    Two general purpose expansion connectors
    Ethernet 10/100/1000
    HDMI connection
    Ships with Ubuntu OS
    Ships with free open source Epiphany development tools that include C compiler, multicore debugger, Eclipse IDE, OpenCL SDK/compiler, and run time libraries.
    Dimensions are 3.4'' x 2.1'' 

Sounds incredibly to me but might be pretty useful when it comes to generating Bitcoins.  Grin

[1]: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/adapteva/parallella-a-supercomputer-for-everyone

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October 18, 2012, 09:44:57 PM
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Sounds incredibly to me but might be pretty useful when it comes to generating Bitcoins. 

Guess not.

possibly, at about the speed of 64 cpus
a 7970 has 2048 stream processors operating in parallel
FLOPS means nothing in Bitcoin mining - sorry Smiley



Also:

45ghz $199 "supercomputer"
 - http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=115021.0

Parallella
 - http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=114996.0

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October 19, 2012, 01:26:03 AM
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not for mining, but for rendering it will be great. can't wait to get my hands on one!

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October 20, 2012, 07:44:55 PM
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Sorry, I didn't see those other threads.

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not for mining, but for rendering it will be great. can't wait to get my hands on one!
Me too! It also seems to be really useful when it comes to grid computing.

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FLOPS means nothing in Bitcoin mining
Why?

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FLOPS means nothing in Bitcoin mining
Why?
Bitcoin mining does not make use of floating point math but only integer operations.

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October 26, 2012, 07:44:23 PM
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Just a quick note from one of the kickstarter comments:
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==bitcoin==
can sb elaborate on expected efficiency of this device for bitcoin mining? Best an educated estimate on Mhash/s?

*the FPGA miner estimates max 109Mh/s (what wattage?) on this board: DE2-115 features 114,480 logic elements (LEs) // https://github.com/progranism/Open-Source-FPGA-Bitcoin-Miner

*ASILC : http://www.butterflylabs.com/order-form-bitforce-sc-jalapeno/ is it a vaporware, or real deal?

Many thanks,

I'm eager to read the answer. Only 26 hours to go. Let's push this through!

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October 26, 2012, 07:58:46 PM
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It's an awesome tool, but it will probably be too small to be useable as miner.

700mhz *64 = 44800 MIPS.
A feeble radeon 7750 has 900mhz *512 = 460800 MIPS which is almost a magnitude higher.

These things are very power efficient and given time will surpass GPUs in raw power, but not quite yet.
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October 27, 2012, 07:43:32 PM
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Only 26 hours to go. Let's push this through!

The $750K goal on Kickstarter was reached (and now over $850K):
 - http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2012/10/99-raspberry-pi-sized-supercomputer-hits-kickstarter-goal


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