[Beowulf] A cluster of Arduinos

Nathan Moore ntmoore at gmail.com
Wed Jan 11 12:31:30 EST 2012


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.
>
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