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The Raspberry Pi is a £25 Linux-based computer designed by Eben Upton of the Raspberry Pi Foundation. It is intended to help kids learn to code and to encourage home-brew computing projects. Since its launch in February, computing fans have been desperate to get their hands on the device, with some starting up events called 'Jams' to show off inventions based on the Raspberry Pi.
The Raspberry Pi supercomputer at Southampton has been named 'Iridis-Pi' after the university's Iridis HPC machine, which has 8064 processor cores providing over 72 TFlops.
"The team wants to see this low-cost system as a starting point to inspire and enable students to apply high-performance computing and data handling to tackle complex engineering and scientific challenges as part of our ongoing outreach activities," Professor Cox said.
The team has published a guide to help people build their own supercomputer using the Debian software installed on the Raspberry Pi.
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