PuzzlePhone will use old smartphone modules to build supercomputers

By Shawn Knight
Jan 26, 2015
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  1. Modular smartphone concepts like Project Ara, Vsenn and PuzzlePhone could very well reshape the way we buy, sell and upgrade our handsets. The pitch is that, when a module becomes old and outdated (like the CPU, for example), one can...

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  2. yRaz

    yRaz TS Evangelist Posts: 1,905   +954

    Isn't one reason why they spend millions to upgrade supercomputers that the cost of electricity to run older processors is higher than that of the cost to upgrade?
  3. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,512   +503

    Unless a small business or a home user has the millions to buy a supercomputer in the first place, I don't think why not :p
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  4. yRaz

    yRaz TS Evangelist Posts: 1,905   +954

    A small business or home user will still end up paying A LOT more on their powerbill. Further, you can rent computing time on other supercomputers, which is MUCH cheaper for the small business or home user.
  5. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,218   +1,241

    These are already extremely low powered devices anyway. Chances are a dozen of them won't make a difference to your power bill.
  6. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,556   +2,900

    Prove to me a stack of these could be better than a standard desktop, and I will open my mind to the concept. Until then I see no need in using these over a standard desktop.
  7. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,512   +503

    Raspberry Pi. Nuf said.

    Well entering a bit on details, a single 700 mhz computer with 256 mb is enough to handle most of home users needs (As a server, for example, small LAMP, mail, NAS, etc. ALWAYS THINKING IN BASIC HOME USAGE). There have been some projects for using a nest of RPi's to host bigger sites and even hosting hosters.

    So if you take the single core 700 mhz proc, and nowadays you have a very basic double core 1,5 ghz ARM machine, you just quadrupled your raw power, and this is a very basic phone or tablet setting, now put a couple of them together and I bet this could help a lot of small business owners. Then you start scaling. Hopefuly ram will work in the same way.
  8. yRaz

    yRaz TS Evangelist Posts: 1,905   +954

    Wouldn't one mid ranged GPU out perform an array of smartphone cpus?
  9. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,512   +503

    Depends on the price of the whole setup, the idea is to recycle more than to improve on performance and get "awesomeness".
  10. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,556   +2,900

    Maintenance Nuf said.

    What kind of maintenance would be required to keep a nested configuration like this running? I can understand the performance qualifications, that is if you could stack enough of them together and never have issues with the lot of them.

    Which would be simpler, maintaining a bus or a fleet of cars?
  11. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,512   +503

    Of course now we are jumping miles ahead, we don't know how it will be configured or under which governance by the OS.

    If the idea is to have "plug and play" CPUs it should be simple to run and keep on running.

    If you make a good config in a RPi, you don't have to worry about much, until the point you change it, but it's easy enough to mantain copies of the "drive". Of course like in any case where you need something reliable, you need to have someone who knows what he is doing.

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