April 13 2015 - Wandboard Solar Powered

We have been following Ronald van Luijten's Wandboard project for the past several months http://swissdutch.ch/ and back in September we read that he made the switch and started to power his Wandboard micro-server with solar panels. This being just before the snowy winter season starts (Ronald lives in Switzerland) we were thinking Ronald could have choosen a better time. :-)

The winter is over. Spring is knocking on everyone's door and Ronald's microserver is going stronger than ever. http://swissdutch.ch/solar.php

Are you also putting your Wandboard up for a challange and want to let us know? Talk to us in the Wandboard community forums

April 6 2015 - Wandboard is a "development" board

On a daily basis dozens of new Wandboard users get their hands on a Wandboard for a first time.

We know as no other that the "out of the box" experience is what matters but many forget that Wandboard is a development board. It's a building block for your project, a foundation to build your project upon. A stepping stone to enable you to kickstart your project and let your imagination take it's course to develop something you can be proud of showing to your friends, spouse or coworkers.

Over the past weeks we saw a number of tweets and we know many of you have similar experiences.

A day later we saw the following tweet:

And a few weeks later love sparkled:

Have a similar experience and want to give new Wandboard users tips and tricks how to start working with the wandboard. Let them know in Wandboard community forums

March 26 2015 - Android Lollipop Sourcecode Release

Wandboard is not only the first i.MX6 board that supports Android Lollipop. We now also invite you to help us make it better. Get the sourcecode from the download page and talk back to us in the Wandboard community forums

February 13 2015 - Wandboard Valentine gift for you

Android Lollipop BETA is available now. Yes that is right. Wandboard is the first Freescale i.MX6 board that has the latest Android now available for download.

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You can find the runtime image here : Android Lollipop for Wandboard BETA

We will be posting sourcecode early March 2015.

Let us know what you think in the Wandboard community forums

December 30 2014 - Wandboard Lollipop

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Android Lollipop (5.0) will be coming to the Wandboard. We currently have initial booting support but we still have lots of work to be done before previews and general releases are coming.

If you want to help with porting lollipop to the Wandboard. Drop us a message in the Wandboard forums.

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December 4 2014 - Wandboard at FTF Japan

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The Wandboard was once again featuring in the land of the rising sun. This time at Freescale Technology Forum (FTF) Japan where Freescale showed the "internet of tomorrow" and IoT applications.

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October 4-5 2014 - Wandboard at Maker Faire Rome

We are at the Maker Faire in Rome. Step by the Freescale booth and start making and sharing.

What did you make? Let us know in the Wandboard community forums

September 24 2014 - Wandboard Octopus Cluster Interview

20140924-wandboard-octopus-clusterWorking on an interesting project that uses the Wandboard and want to share with the community about your experience or want others to join the project. Get in touch with us in the forums or by email.

This time we are talking with the Octopus Cluster project team at the Unversity of Frankfurt.

Tell us a bit about yourself/team

I am currently a PHD candidate at the University of Frankfurt (Germany). My supervisor is professor for computer science and chair of the department of high performance computer architectures also at the University of Frankfurt. Our group designs and builds supercomputers for different purposes, such as CERN experiments or scientific computing (e.g. at KACST in Saudi-Arabia). The last super computer which our group built was the SANAM cluster, which ranked second in the list of the most energy efficient supercomputers world wide.

What project are you currently working on?

My current research is related to operating systems for supercomputers. Besides that I am interested in energy efficiency of massively parallel computers. Therefore I started the Octopus Cluster project with a student who I am currently supervising. Octopus is a compute cluster, consisting of eight compute- and one head node, all together Wandboards. It can be used like most cluster computers -- programs use MPI to communicate between nodes and OpenCL to compute at nodes.

How did the Wandboard help you to kick-start your project?

The Wandboard is a powerful and yet very inexpensive computer. The ARM architecture is interesting for building an energy efficient computer. As I mentioned before, our Group is interested in energy efficiency. If you take a look at the project page, you will see that the Wandboard provides everything we needed at a very affordable price.

Why you picked the Wandboard and how does it fit in your project?

The Wandboard features a gigabit network adapter and a GPU which can run OpenCL programs. Most comparable device do not come with both.

The Wandboard is completely open source, is this important for your project?

Our group also builds hardware. Having schematics of a device like the Wandboard always helps.

What are your next steps and will you use the Wandboard in your final design?

We use the Wandboard to evaluate the ARM architecture for supercomputing. Currently we do not have a final design for a supercomputer which is ARM-based. However, the modular design makes parts of the Wandboard interesting to be included in a hypothetical system. For instance, the SoC module could be staked into a backplane which is more suitable for supercomputing than the current I/O-board is.

How can people that have a Wandboard join your project?

People who own more than two Wandboards might be interested in building their own cluster. In this case we can provide our software setup as image files. However, owning a Wandboard is not necessarily needed, because external users can get access to the Octopus cluster. Additionally, my supervisor is always looking for new PHD students. Therefore, if anyone who reads this has a master degree and is also interested to work with such technology, feel free to contact me.

If you have a new project. Will you use the Wandboard again?

It depends. From the technical perspective definitely, but the delivery time in Germany is between 6 weeks and two months.

Where can people get more information about your project and get in touch with you?

Staff page: https://compeng.uni-frankfurt.de/index.php?id=143&L=1

Octopus Cluster project page: https://compeng.uni-frankfurt.de/index.php?id=171

Talk back in the Wandboard community forums

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Wandboard Specifications

Processor NXP i.MX6 Solo NXP i.MX6 Duallite NXP i.MX6 Quad
Cores Cortex-A9 Single core Cortex-A9 Dual core Cortex-A9 Quad core
Vivante GC 880
+ Vivante GC 320
Vivante GC 880
+ Vivante GC 320
Vivante GC 2000
+ Vivante GC 355
+ Vivante GC 320
Memory 512 MB DDR3 1GB DDR3 2GB DDR3
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