When Kickstarter began I thought the whole idea a bit silly – why would people put up money for a project when they take all the risk and get little reward?
I suppose I still think that way, but I have just pledged $119 to support the development of the “Parallella” multicore board – that money will get me a 16 core device if it ever gets built, but you have to be realistic about these things and say that, in reality, I have just given away the money.
But, as I am studying for a PhD in the very technology that the Parallella targets – multicore systems – it seemed like I should take the risk. As the project has now passed its $750,000 funding target they will be taking the money.
- Hey, Rich Guy, Parallella Needs Your Backing (forbes.com)
- Ubuntu Powered Parallella Supercomputer Is Almost a Reality (news.softpedia.com)
- Parallella, A $99 Supercomputer Running Ubuntu (ubuntuvibes.com)
- Massively parallel 64 core computer costs $99 (hackaday.com)
- $99 Parallella supercomputer appears on Kickstarter (geek.com)
- $99 (€76) Supercomputer Running Ubuntu OS (news.softpedia.com)
- The Parallella Uncovered and Other Updates (kickstarter.com)
- Making the case for Parallella (kickstarter.com)