How to Build a Cheap Super Computer

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Here’s how to build a cheap super computer using Raspberry Pi’s – When you think about building your own rig, you probably think of setting up a crazy ass gaming computer or creating a computer on a budget to get the best possible components for the least amount of money. You’re almost certainly not considering putting together a supercomputer. Maybe you should. making a cluster large enough to be classed as a super computer using Raspberry Pi’s (RPi) can be done for less than $1,000.

Raspberry Pi is a single-board Linux-powered computer. They’re powered by 700MHz ARM11-processors and include a Videocore IV GPU. The Model B+ comes with 512MBs of RAM, four USB ports and a 10/100 BaseT Ethernet port. The processors can be overclocked to 1GHz.

Here is the first video showing you how to put together a small cluster of raspberry pi’s

The second video shows you how to load the software required for the Pi

This final video demonstrates how awesome it can be when 32 Pi’s are connected together

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16 thoughts on “How to Build a Cheap Super Computer

  • March 23, 2015 at 8:46 am
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    It may not be fast, but it’s an awesome platform for algorithm development. You can develop, debug, and test your algorithm on this at home, then after it works, it should run unmodified on a similar Beowolf cluster made of faster/more powerful computers in a data center.

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  • March 22, 2015 at 11:32 am
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    This is just awesome why is everyone comparing this a game machine etc. it has no graphics card but it has other capabilities that are just awesome.

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  • March 21, 2015 at 7:37 pm
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    How can they call this a super computer when it cant even enhance or run even a little bit power-full than your average looking phone please.

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  • March 21, 2015 at 6:31 pm
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    That is beautiful I will build a cluster for me also soon…
    thanks for all this wonderful videos and info

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  • January 25, 2015 at 4:59 pm
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    What about any benchmark results? How does this perform compared to a rack mount server?

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  • January 22, 2015 at 3:40 pm
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    Why do you call this a supercomputer?

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  • January 22, 2015 at 6:44 am
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    Could something like this be used a little render farm? How do you think it’d perform?

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  • December 31, 2014 at 2:34 pm
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    I really love the design and idea of the work! I’m curious how this setup would perform on video games and design scenarios. Can windows be loaded onto Linux to complete these tasks?

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  • December 31, 2014 at 4:47 am
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    Hi there! What kind of simmulations are you doing? I’m guessing that you are solving systems of equations. If so, how many equations are you solving. Also how much money did you expend?

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  • December 30, 2014 at 3:18 pm
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    How would you compare this low cost solution with a computer builded with the same characteristics? Would this be more powerful because of its scalability, or less powerful because of the latency of switch and ethernet communications? What would the Flops/price ratio?

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  • December 29, 2014 at 11:10 pm
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    if its so cheap and powerful, why isnt this what your standard alienware looks like and why doesnt everyone have one

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    • December 30, 2014 at 12:41 am
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      Because the purpose of a super computer is not the same purpose of your high-end consumer model.

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    • January 21, 2015 at 1:14 pm
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      Its not for gaming or hosting games etc. This probably doesn’t even have a graphics card as it’s irrelevant. Its not something you’d use for a daily or even weekly driver. Realistically it’d be used for mining, storing, and solving. 512mb of ram is less then any phone on the market

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  • December 29, 2014 at 8:10 pm
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    What os can run on this machine? Is Windows good with this?

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    • December 29, 2014 at 11:01 pm
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      Something like Arch Linux is the best

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    • January 21, 2015 at 1:15 pm
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      No, there’s no graphics card. Putty terminals all day. Any knock of Linux really. Kali, Ubuntu, redhat etc.

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