Linked by Andrew Youll on Sun 17th Jul 2005 13:32 UTC, submitted by Rodrigo
Linux The picotux 100 is the world's smallest Linux computer, only slightly larger (35mm×19mm×19mm) than an RJ45 connector.
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by transputer_guy on Tue 19th Jul 2005 20:08 UTC
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While this ARM module is undoubtledly very cool, for the cost you don't really get much compute power so its barely worth talking about clustering. For some deep embedded use, it does what it does well enough.

A miniITX format or PC104 or even a full size credit card format has enough space to host a great many smaller cpus and share the peripheral costs.

To get tiny cluster performance that will need a different instruction set (not x86 or ARM) that can be built into FPGA or ASIC and run much faster then it can clustered within that divice and more outside.

The problem will always be that real horsepower will always produce heat, but newer designs are going to be much more efficient at delivering useful work without turning into heating systems.

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