Supercomputer clicked together from Legos and Raspberry Pi's

The $35 Raspberry Pi Linux mini system and a whole bunch of Legos get together to make a low-cost supercomputer.

Raspberry Pi supercomputer
Can we get a Lego kit for this? Simon Cox

The flexible, affordable Raspberry Pi Linux computer system has been hacked, tinkered, and transformed into all sorts of creations since its introduction. There's a Raspberry Pi Apple TV , a Raspberry Pi ocean explorer , and Raspberry Pi smart glasses .

Now there's a Raspberry Pi supercomputer. How do you turn a 700MHz mini system into a supercomputer? You use 64 of them and mount them in a rack made out of Legos.

It took a team of computer scientists from the University of Southampton in the U.K., led by Professor Simon Cox, to build the supercomputer. Named Iridis-Pi, the system cost just over $4,000 to put together.

Cox's 6-year-old son, James Cox, provided specialist support on the Lego design. The first test to run on Iridis-Pi was, naturally, calculating Pi.

Want to make your own Raspberry Pi supercomputer? Cox shares the complete instructions right here.

Raspberry Pi supercomputer
That's a whole lot of Pi. Simon Cox

(Via BoingBoing)

 

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