Twitter engineer builds supercomputers for fun

Brian Guarraci is a software engineer who works on Twitter’s search team. “I like my tweets how I like my computers… Fast,” says his Twitter bio. Indeed. Guarraci built a supercomputer that manages to hit 208 gigaflop speeds at peak performance. That’s more than 17 times faster than commercially available processors, according to the German blog Nerdcore.

You may recall the Parallella Kickstarter project that was supposed to “make parallel computing accessible to everyone” with its $ 99 boards. Guarraci used eight Parallella boards to perform fast computation. He also added with two Intel NUCs — tiny “next unit of computing” devices — that have the power of a third-generation Intel Core i3 processor along with 16 gigabytes of RAM and…

Continue reading…

The Verge – All Posts

Leave a Comment