Building A 96-Core Ubuntu ARM Solar-Powered Cluster
Written by Michael Larabel in Computers on 19 June 2012. Page 3 of 3. 14 Comments

As far as any benchmark results, MIT sent in some numbers for the Green500 and some other performance tests are still being worked out. From the benchmarks I ran on the hardware, they dissented a bit from my expectations based upon what I was achieving with my 12-core PandaBoard ES cluster, so for the moment until all kinks in the new build are worked out I will refrain from sharing any numbers. Such many-core ARM clusters though are showing great potential in performance-per-Watt scenarios. For now, see my 12-core ARM cluster results. I will also have more numbers on the way shortly from the Phoronix build.

Over the weekend, there also was not much time for performance tuning. Ubuntu 12.10 presents some very impressive performance gains as Phoronix results from earlier this month have indicated.

MIT will be putting out a video, a couple papers, and some other information on this 96-core / 48 PandaBoard cluster so stay tuned for much more information.

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