Supercomputing with a Raspberry Pi

OpenIO at SC18 with Raspberry PiRaspberry Pi changed the world when it was invented six years ago and new applications for the product are being created every day. Until recently, the world of high performance computing has been set apart – but not anymore.

There is already some work being carried out to make a supercomputer with a raspberry Pi, such as Wee Archie, a supercomputer constructed from 18 Raspberry Pi’s at the University of Edinburgh. You can also get hosted Pis from Mythic Beasts.

But at SC18 this year I found another interesting piece to the fruity supercomputer puzzle: Raspberry Pi as an object store. Object store is networked attached storage that you access via http using get() and put() operations instead of traditional posix calls like open(), read(), write().

OpenIO have a net generation object storage offering that is so lightweight it can be run on a Raspberry Pi. They’ve put together a kit to let you try it. The project solves the problem of how to get developers to use object storage: start them young!

Raspberry Pi continues to transform computing education

Last month Raspberry Pi announced that it is going to establish a National Centre for Computing Education to give every child in England the chance to have a computer science education. All the organisation’s teaching, training and resources will be available for everyone, as well as face-to-face training.

To established the centre, Raspberry Pi has secured more than £78million of government funding. This level of investment in computer science education is unprecedented anywhere in the world. Ellexus CEO Rosemary is a member of the Raspberry Pi Foundation and we are proud to support the organisation’s aims.

The high performance computing industry continues to develop and expand at a huge pace, but already the speed of change is creating real challenges. Can software keep up with the speed of hardware? Can new tools really manage the vast amounts of data generated?

To answer these questions, we need to continually invest in the future. Raspberry Pi’s initiative is an excellent step towards this goal.