Meet Iridis-Pi, a supercomputer built from Lego bricks and tiny PCs

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Some kids dress up in their dad's clothes, others assist their fathers in creating supercomputers. University of Southampton Professor Simon Cox's 6-year-old son, James, was part of the team responsible for engineering a supercomputer from 64 Raspberry Pi computers and various Lego parts. Can you guess what James's duties were? Yes, folks, he was the one who provided specialist support on the Lego-related bits.

Cavity-inducing cuteness aside, the supercomputer that the team from the University of Southampton built, as spotted by Engadget, is still a pretty nifty piece of work. According to the University, the Iridis-Pi (it's named after the University's Iridis supercomputer) has 64 processors, 1TB of memory, and costs less than 2500 Euros to build.

Professor Cox, who designed the Lego rack for the supercomputer with the help of his son, has apparently been testing the Raspberry Pi over the summer with the help of the Python and Scratch programming languages. He also made use of the free Python Tools for Visual Studio plug-in to develop the necessary code.

So, why a supercomputer built of Raspberry Pi computers and Lego bricks? It seems that the team wants to make this low-cost system "a starting point to inspire and enable students to apply high-performance computing and data handling to tackle complex engineering and scientific challenges."

Oh, and if you're looking for a way to justify adding to your Lego collection, the team has also conveniently posted all the instructions you might need to build an Iridis-Pi of your own.

This story, "Meet Iridis-Pi, a supercomputer built from Lego bricks and tiny PCs" was originally published by TechHive.

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