Adapteva Introduces the Parallella Kickstarter Project

  Adapteva Introduces the Parallella Kickstarter Project

   Initiative to Bring a $99 Parallel Supercomputing Platform to the Masses

Business Wire

LEXINGTON, Mass. -- September 28, 2012

Adapteva, a semiconductor start-up company, today announced the Parallella
Kickstarter project to build an open and affordable, credit card-sized
supercomputing platform that offers a 50x performance boost over existing open
hardware platforms like Raspberry Pi. The truly disruptive performance leap of
the Parallella computer is enabled by Adapteva’s 16-core and 64-core Epiphany
microprocessor chips that lead the world in processor energy efficiency.

The present and future of computing is parallel, but developers are facing
enormous challenges in developing code that can take advantage of the
exponentially increasing performance offered by today’s parallel
architectures. Without wide-spread adoption of efficient parallel programming
methods by the developer community, application performance improvements will
soon hit the wall.

“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 programming,” said Andreas Olofsson,
CEO of Adapteva. “High-performance parallel computing is currently only
accessible to a small and select group of expert programmers. The goal of the
Parallella project is to democratize access to parallel computing. The
parallel programming dilemma is a grand challenge of computer science and we
need all hands on deck.”

Numerous universities seeking to educate students on parallel computing
already are collaborating with Adapteva. To date, Adapteva has collaborated
with researchers at MIT, Boston University, Northeastern University and
Halmstad University to help bring parallel computing technology to the next
generation of engineers.

“Processor architectures need to be built on simple, scalable principles with
powerful processors and straightforward means for moving data around.
Adapteva’s Epiphany chip architecture has been designed based on such
principles,” said Bertil Svensson, Professor at Halmstad University. “My
students and researchers have had a positive experience with Epiphany, using
both the architectural features and programming tools efficiently on their
first try.”

To create a sustainable community around the Parallella computer platform,
Adapteva will be raising a minimum of $750,000. The funds will enable Adapteva
to bring costs down for its existing evaluation boards and deliver a fully
functional computer that includes a dual core ARM A9 based SOC and a 16-core
Epiphany-III co-processor chip for $99. The 16-core board Parallella should
achieve 13 GHz and 26 GFLOPS of equivalent CPU performance. If the Parallella
Kickstarter project reaches a stretch goal of $3M, a higher performance
Parallella board will be released that includes the pin-compatible 64-core
Epiphany-IV chip. The Epiphany-IV based board should achieve a peak
performance of 45 GHz and 90 GFLOPS and will be available to all backers who
pledge $199 or more. The Parallella computers will ship with a Linux Ubuntu
distribution and an open source SDK for developing applications for the
Epiphany architecture using C, C++ and/or OpenCL.

Once the Parallella project is fully funded, Adapteva will also take the bold
step of releasing its existing software development tools, drivers and
libraries under a true open source license and will publish the Epiphany chip
architecture reference manuals and datasheets publicly. Board design files and
board support packages for the Parallella computer will be delivered to the
public in open source format and available for everyone to use free of charge
and without restrictions.

“I truly believe that the availability of open and inexpensive hardware, free
open source software development tools, and increasingly knowledgeable
parallel programmers is what will drive the next wave of innovation in
software applications,” continues Olofsson. “If we as a community can offer
the right building blocks, programmers will change the world in ways we have
yet to imagine.”

More information about the project can be found at: www.parallella.org.

About Adapteva

Adapteva, Inc. is a privately-held semiconductor technology company based in
Lexington, Massachusetts. Adapteva has developed the world’s most energy
efficient multicore microprocessor architecture, immediately boosting by an
order of magnitude the number of cores that can be integrated on a single
chip. Adapteva’s breakthrough architecture will have an immediate impact on a
wide range of end-user products, from compact mobile devices to next
generation supercomputers. For more information on the company visit
http://www.adapteva.com or via twitter @adapteva and @parallellaboard.

Contact:

for Adapteva
Laura Ackerman, 508-475-0025 x115
lackerman@rainierco.com
 
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