Sandia's mini supercomputer runs Linux on 196 Gumstix ARM modules

2011-Sep-15 | Tags: embedded

Linux on ARMSandia National Laboratories is demonstrating its latest mini supercomputer at ESC Silicon Valley this week, incorporating 196 TI OMAP3530-based Overo Tide modules running Linux. Being used for botnet research as part of Sandia's MegaTux project, the "StrongBox" product combines 28 Gumstix Stagecoach boards, each with seven Gumstix Overo Tide computer modules.

Sandia and Gumstix are demonstrating the StrongBox at this week's Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) in San Jose, at the Texas Instruments (TI) Tech Days pavilion. The Linux-based ARM "mini supercomputer" is said to be about the size of a medium suitcase and combine Gumstix' Stagecoach cluster boards incorporating a total of 196 Overo Tide modules, also from Gumstix.

Since each Stagecoach board combines up to seven modules, it appears that 28 boards were required to build the computer. Trays of Stagecoach boards are said to be networked via 100Mbps switched 10/100 Ethernet.

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