[Beowulf] A cluster of Arduinos

Vincent Diepeveen diep at xs4all.nl
Wed Jan 11 09:44:43 PST 2012


That's all very expensive considering the cpu's are under $1 i'd guess.
I actually might need some of this stuff some months from now to  
build some robots.

On Jan 11, 2012, at 6:31 PM, Nathan Moore wrote:

> I think something like the Raspberry Pi might be easier for this sort
> of task.  They'll also be about $25, but they'll run something like
> ARM/linux.  Not out yet thought.
>
> http://www.raspberrypi.org/
>
> On Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 10:58 AM, Prentice Bisbal  
> <prentice at ias.edu> wrote:
>> On 01/11/2012 11:18 AM, Lux, Jim (337C) wrote:
>>>
>>> For educational purposes..
>>>
>>> Has anyone done something where they implement some sort of message
>>> passing API on a network of Arduinos.  Since they cost only $20  
>>> each,
>>> and have a fairly facile development environment, it seems you could
>>> put together a simple demonstration of parallel processing and  
>>> various
>>> message passing things.
>>>
>>> For instance, you could introduce errors in the message links and do
>>> experiments with Byzantine General type algorithms, or with multiple
>>> parallel routes, etc.
>>>
>>> I've not actually tried hooking up multiple arduinos through a  
>>> USB hub
>>> to one PC, but if that works, it gives you a nice "head node, debug
>>> console" sort of interface.
>>>
>>> Smaller, lighter, cheaper than lashing together MiniITX mobos or
>>> building a Wal-Mart Cluster.
>>>
>>
>> I started tinkering with Arduinos a couple of months ago. Got lots of
>> related goodies for Christmas, so I've been looking like a mad  
>> scientist
>> building arduino things lately. I'm still a beginner arduino  
>> hacker, but
>> I'd be game for giving this a try,  if anyone else wants to give  
>> this a go.
>>
>> The Arduino Due, which is overdue in the marketplace, will have a
>> Cortex-M3 ARM processor.
>>
>> --
>> Prentice
>>
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