Supercomputer @ Home

With my research requiring lots of processing and my PC not having enough memory or just takes to long I looked into how expensive it will be to build a Supercomputer @ home.
With the top 10 Supercomputers having from 7.235 to 125.436 Peta (1015) FLOPS (FLoating-point Operations Per Second). The Sunway TaihuLight @ National Supercomputer Center, Jiangsu, China costs US$273 million.

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This would be something I would get when my boat comes in. For now I would have to look at personal computing clusters. This guide to build a supercomputer at home is a little over simplified but shows its better to get a rack and then mount all the hard drives and boards since server blades are expensive.

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This is mostly not relevant but the tower rack is use full to add with normal cases since it takes less space and can have space to add fans for cooling.

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This design does look a little un-neat so one can rather keep the rack enclosed in case wide blade mounts.

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These mounts is about $96 so taking into consideration the cost of the CPU, GPU the cost will be around $1110 or 15,231.42 ZAR

  • $97 – Server Case
  • $150 – AMD FX-8350 FX-Series 8-Core Black Edition Processor
  • $130 – ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0 AM3+ AMD 990FX AMD Motherboard
  • $86 – 16GB DDR3
  • $120 – 850W Power Supply
  • $50 – 1TB SATA Hard Drive
  • $200 – Radeon RX 470 4G GDDR5 PCI-Express Video Card

$833 -> 11,430.43 ZAR

That seems like a very expensive hobby to to play around with cluster parallel computing considering one would need at least 3-4 to have a decent cluster which will cost 45K ZAR.

To the rescue comes Raspberry Pi with the Tiny Titan Project. https://tinytitan.github.io/

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“Tiny Titan is a $1,000 classroom supercomputer designed to teach aspiring scientists the basics of parallel computing. Unlike modern desktops and laptops that hide parallelism from the user, Tiny Titan makes parallel concepts explicit.”

The tiny titan in this project is full of Raspberry Pi B+ models but the performance of B+ to the new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B t goes from single-core 700MHz ARM v6 to the new Pi 3’s 1.2GHz quad-core ARM v8.

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Where I can get a Pi3 for R 642.00 at RS -> http://za.rs-online.com/web/p/processor-microcontroller-development-kits/8968660/ and the cover for only R86.18 (white/black)

The entire system will only cost R 6551.00 (ZAR) and that is way more affordable for a experiment. With Christmas approaching I hope Santa has my list.
With fibre almost in my area fast reliable internet will mean I can host all my servers myself. 2017 is going to be a rocking year!