The Parallella board was inspired by hardware communities such as Raspberry Pi, BeagleBoard and Arduino, and the aim is to democratise access to parallel computing by providing an affordable open high-performance computing (HPC) platform.
The platform is being built on the following principles:
- Open Access: all architecture and SDK documents openly published on the Web — no NDAs or special access required.
- Open Source: software platform based on free and open source software (F/OSS) development tools and libraries. Board design files provided under an open source hardware license once the Parallella computer ships.
- Affordable: the goal is to bring the hardware cost to below $100, making it an affordable platform for all.