About

This is the personal blog of Darren Wilkinson.

It was created early 2013 by importing all of my old personal blog posts from Posterous, a blogging site which has closed down. Consequently, the formatting of many old posts is less than ideal. I’ll try to fix the worst formatting issues as time permits. Posts since this time should look OK.

On this blog I mainly post material relating to small, cheap, single-board computers such as the Raspberry Pi.

Note that I also have a professional blog, relating to my research interests in statistical computing.

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2 thoughts on “About”

  1. Hi Darren. You obviously have experienced problems with Parallella. Have they improved any in the last couple of years? I am looking to build Spark Clusters for teaching Geneomics and Neuroscience on Spark and want to compare performance. The price for paralella bords is a bit eyewatering via RS Components so i would rather not waste £800 if performance is poor.

  2. Personally I’m using the Raspberry Pi 2 for this kind of thing. It has a quad core ARM processor and is cheap. The Parallella is very interesting, provided you can make use of the Epiphany chip. But I don’t think there is any way that Spark can use it, for example. If you can’t use the Epiphany chip, the Parallella is a lot more expensive than the Pi 2, less powerful, and much less well supported.

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