My Supercomputer! I got the idea to make a supercomputer model at the hobby level. It’s a low cost simple project using 11 Parallax Basic Stamp microcontrollers. These “computers” are connected together for hardware/ software clustered parallel processing, a process used by many of the World Supercomputers. It’s a fantastic learning tool and can easily control 176 peripherals/sensors.
This is the World’s First talking Basic Stamp Hobby Supercomputer (BSS) working model! It communicates by voice, lights, vision, sounds, motion, ports, infrared, ultrasonics, Liquid Crystal Display, and a tiny uOLED color monitor.
This 1st proof-of-concept demo video simply shows all 11 computers communicating. There are 10 workers and one master. The master handles interface network traffic and polls workers for information. Here’s some features:
* Field Operable
* Runs on Batteries
* Large Number of (I/O)
* Large Number of Sensors/Variety
* Low Power Consumption
* Low Unit Cost
* Easy to Program
Why model a Supercomputer? Here’s some reasons:
• Learning experiences & challenges
• Expanding education & knowledge
• Gaining useful background for career
• Research Benefits
• Extending Basic Stamp power
• Creating new inventions, ideas, applications
• Own your own, prestige
• School project, credit
• Involvement, sense of great accomplishment
• Psychological relaxation, Symbolic Value
• Sharing, making new friends
A full writeup article appears, with plans, schematics, build instructions, and software, in Penguin Tech Magazine (see links below).
Basic Stamp Supercomputer Project & Updates
World’s Smartest Penguin Robot
(Robot with 12 Brains)
Basic Stamp Supercomputer Model Web Page
Maker of Basic Stamps
Many thanks to the amazing Parallax Company, where you can find Basic Stamp computers, Penguin robots, and parts/sensors, and thanks to all the wonderful friends on the Parallax Forum, many are at guru genius level, all offer constructive guiding help and positive suggestions. To you I say thanks just to let you know I could not have done this project without your inspirations. humanoido
New applications include a powerful artificial intelligence 12-computer brain for robots, and a powerful eye – vision for the blind. More POWER projects are on the way!
NOTE: the BSS is now upgraded with more higher end faster computers. Software upgrades communicate with 20 computers. With the faster chip in place, the BSS is 250 times faster. Also discovered, dual or quad core PCB, and MIPS acceleration boards interface to a Basic Stamp. These experiments can push the stamp into the MIPS range computing.
Constructive comments & questions welcomed. Thanks for viewing! Come back for continuous updates!
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