Building a 300 node Raspberry Pi supercomputer | ZDNet

Building a 300 node Raspberry Pi supercomputer; ; In ZDNet; 2017-09-29.
Teaser: Commodity hardware makes possible massive 100,000 node clusters, because, after all, commodity hardware is “cheap” — if you’re Google. What if you want a lot of cycles but don’t have a few million dollars to spend? Think Raspberry Pi

Original Sources

Affordable and Energy-Efficient Cloud Computing Clusters: The Bolzano Raspberry Pi Cloud Cluster Experiment; Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Bolzano, Italy; arXiv:1709.06815.
Pekka Abrahamsson, Sven Helmer, Nattakarn Phaphoom, Lorenzo Nicolodi, Nick Preda, Lorenzo Miori, Matteo Angriman, Juha Rikkilä, Xiaofeng Wang, Karim Hamily, and Sara Bugoloni.




  • “Standard” 802.11 (wireline).
  • Snowflake configuration.
    A hierarchical star configuration.
  • Consumer-grade 1Gb/s.
  • Central meta-star switch
    Peripheral star-switches


  • Flash SDD is too slow.
  • Must use NAS on HDD on the LAN.

Power design

  • Custom PSU (not “stock” RPi PSU)
  • Repurposed, used, higher-capacity PSUs.
  • Subcluster: 24-nodes/PSU
  • Count: 25 sub-clusters

Mounting (physical design)

  • Bespoke
  • Think it through

Operating System

  • (stock) Debian v7
  • Cannot run OpenStack
  • Bespoke (bare metal) cluster management


  • Some Paper; at Science Direct; no DOI, broken link.
    Basit Qureshia, Yasir Javeda, Anis Koubàa, Mohamed-Foued Sritic, Maram Alajland; Performance of a Low Cost Hadoop Cluster for Image Analysis in Cloud Robotics Environment; In Proceedings of the Symposium on Data Mining Applications (SDMA2016); Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; 2016-03-30 (9 pages).
    tl;dr → Claims to be able to run Hadoop and the Hadoop Image Processing Interface (HIPI) Library for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) image processing.
  • Ten (10) Amazing Raspberry Pi Clusters; Some Cub Reporter (SCR); In Network World; WHEN?
  • Some Video; Hosted on YouTube; WHEN?
    tl;dr → Something about using Legos for rack construction, for rack mounting; the physical design of the racks themselves.


In ZDNet


Comments are closed.