Ubuntu Linux is the official operating system for the Parallella computer and the GNU-based Epiphany SDK (eSDK) is the official software development environment.
Support for other Linux distributions and operating systems is welcomed, as is support for new software development environments and programming languages.
Questions and offers of help should be directed to the forums.
Linaro 12.03 Ubuntu SD card images for 18 and 66-core Parallella Prototypes can be downloaded from the Parallella FTP site.
For information on how to partition and format an SD card, create a BOOT image (FPGA bitstream, FSBL and U-Boot), build the Linux kernel and install the root file system, see Building Linux for the Parallella Platform.
The Epiphany SDK is the primary development environment and comprises:
- GCC, GDB and newlib
- Epiphany driver, loader and runtime library
- Eclipse IDE
Pre-built packages can be downloaded from the Parallella FTP site.
The Epiphany SDK is jointly developed by Embecosm (GCC, GDB and newlib) and Adapteva (everything else). Contributions in the form of bug reports and patches are welcomed at GitHub: Embecosm; Adapteva.
OpenCL development is supported by COPRTHR SDK which is developed by Brown Deer Technology.
Erlang Solutions are looking at Erlang support for Parallella and further details will be provided in due course.
Yabin is currently (15/05/13) looking at Clang support and other features.