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Oracle bakes a huge Raspberry Pi

by on18 September 2019

Supercomputer clusters are cool

Oracle's OpenWorld convention saw the outfit showing off a Raspberry Pi Supercomputer that combines 1,060 Raspberry Pis into one cluster.

Oracle's Autonomous Linux controls the supercomputer which features scores of racks with 21 Raspberry Pi 3 B+ boards.

There was very little point. Raspberry Pi clusters don't pull out much in the way of performance, and Oracle is not likely to make it into a commercial product, but Oracle was stressing the coolness of what you can do with a $35 computer.

Oracle said that it could have used a virtualised Arm server rather than creating a cluster of Raspberry Pis but "big clusters are cool."

Oracle's engineers connected the Raspberry Pis to a series of Ubiquiti UniFi Switch 48s and uplinked them using SFP+ 10GbE transceivers. The Raspberry Pis receive their power from a series of USB power supplies.

Every unit connects to a single Supermicro 1U Xeon server, which functions as a central storage server for the supercomputer. Oracle built 3D printed brackets to help support everything.


Last modified on 18 September 2019
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