Non-von1 supercomputer

nonvon_box_small_comp

[Chris] sent us this project, where he built a tiny supercomputer called the Non-von1. Wanting a supercomputer, but lacking space and funds, he opted to go after the supercomputers of the 80s. His system was patterned after the “Von Neumann” systems developed at Columbia university. His system has 31 8 bit processors to crunch numbers for him. The whole unit communicates with the computer using a19.2 kbps serial link.  He does talk about its limited capabilities, stating that he could use it as a way to store roughly half of his cell phone’s phonebook. This reminds us of the Basic stamp supercomputer we covered back in November.

Comments

  1. localroger says:

    this is actually a *non*-von neumann machine, meaning it does not store program and data in the same memory space. the decidedly non-supercomputeriffic intel 8048 and 8051 are also non-von designs.

  2. DarkFader says:

    I’m sure there’s still some bottleneck in there. Perhaps that slow serial link to get data in and out.

  3. mem says:

    localroger, yes that is what tfa said.

  4. darkore says:

    Interesting, yet utterly useless.

  5. MattieShoes says:

    Look guys, reposting stories that you found on *smaller* websites is fine. But reposting stories you find on Slashdot is just silly.

  6. chris says:

    To be fair to hackaday, I did submit it here first, they were just a bit slow to post stories today =) On that note:

    1. Yes, it is non-von neumann. That’s why it’s called the “Non-Von.”

    2. The I/O Bottleneck is a problem, but I set it at 19.2 kbd so I could talk to it using my Kaypro 2 computer (which is from 1983, and maxes out at 19.2 kbd). My FPGA board actually had a USB connection, although the drivers are for Windows only so I couldn’t really use it. I think that can go up to 35 megabytes/s pretty easily though.

    3. Yes, it’s useless, but I needed an interesting way to teach myself Verilog =)

  7. inquisitor says:

    All the websites don’t work. The pic here shows a book with a plug on the side. I don’t see any movie of it working, or wiring schematics, or photos of the components. It appears fake. If you’re going to do a project, at least show it working on youtube.

  8. deb cordiosity says:

    Fake. The page is a dead link. The project is a hoax.

  9. Munch says:

    Works for me. You’re trolling.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 92,308 other followers