Often I get an idea and it seems the fact that others get it too kind of confirms somewhat that it was a pretty good idea. Ever mindful of a Friedrich Nietzsche quote, however…
The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.
At least keeps me from thinking its a great idea. Great ideas would have to be unique, or even revolutionary. It also makes me mindful that, perhaps… just perhaps… maybe it wasn’t such a good idea after all. Anyhow, as always, history will be the judge.
To wit, a few blog posts ago (on another blog) I mentioned I bought a Wandboard for one of my projects. I have to say, the thing has grown on me; I love it. Its become my little workhorse.
While shopping around for it, I thought, given its specs, it might make for a good cluster node. Being a bit more powerful then the Udoo Quads I own, which would be another good choice for a low-rent cluster as well. Anyhow, I stumbled across the University of Witwatersrand‘s High Energy Physics Group’s Wandboard cluster and thought, “…well ok then… someone else thought so too”.
So, yay, my nVidia Jetson TK1 arrived today, woohoo… 192 CUDA cores, it has most of the same important specs of the Wandboard, plus… 192 CUDA GPU cores! Given the state of computational science these days and everyone running to GPU’s for math or computation heavy tasks, I thought… hmm… might make a nice cluster node.
Turns out, darn it… U of Witwatersrand thought so too… they just installed an 11 node Jetson cluster and are currently running performance tests on it. They are speculating that they are going to get some 3850 GFLOPS out of the cluster.
Hummpff… go figure… wish I had 11 Jetsons. 🙂