The Parallella project was inspired by hardware communities such as Raspberry Pi, BeagleBoard and Arduino, and aims to democratise access to parallel computing through providing an affordable open hardware platform and open source tools, and supporting learning and the development of software which is able to harness the power of parallel systems.
Making parallel computing easy to use has been described as being a problem as hard as any that computer science has faced. With such a big challenge ahead we need to make sure as many people as possible have access to open parallel hardware and development tools.
The Parallella 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.
For information on the Parallella computer see Parallella Hardware.