DONOR-1 – Beaver Dam ReStore

DONOR-1 will be spending the snowy months cozily entertaining customers (and hopefully not annoying employees too much) at the Beaver Dam Habitat for Humanity ReStore. DONOR-1 arrived at the ReStore last week (during the first significant snowfall) but unfortunately decided to act-up.  After bringing the control panel back to the laboratory, it turned out the […]

Why Personal Supercomputers?

I’ve known for a long time that I was made to build fast computers. This passion for speed covers several areas of my interests but it is in computers where I have the most ability to contribute to creating the fastest machines. However what I’ve learned in the last few years is that the value […]

Raiden Mark II – Chassis

Note: This is a long one.  I’ve been neglecting documenting the project so this post is a catch-up for the last few weeks of work.  Future updates will be more frequent and bite-sized. When I think about how to arrange and contain the single-board computers (SBC’s) that make-up the computational part of Raiden Mark II, […]

Beaten to the punch?

If you’ve been following my Raiden project you’ll understand my mixed-emotions about this announcement at the Supercomputing 17 conference. It would be easy to take this as a defeat, since many of my ambitions and design choices for the Raiden project overlap with this product in many ways, and had I started the project when […]

Remember MS-DOS?

Over the weekend I rebuilt my cheap laptop and installed a version of Linux with no graphical interface. The machine boots-up to a text-mode login prompt and once logged-in, you have a big black screen and a command prompt at the bottom. Maybe this doesn’t sound that exciting, but it’s been at least 20 years […]

Raiden Roadmap (10/2017)

I’ve written a little bit about the overall goals of the Raiden project in the past. Now that I’ve spent more time thinking about it (and especially because I’ve spent more time working on it) I have a more crystallized vision of what lies ahead. Mark I The purpose of Raiden Mark I was to […]