SANTA FE, N.M. — Computer scientists have just addressed a challenge for managing Trinity, one of the world’s most advanced, exclusive supercomputers, by using one of the world’s least expensive, most widely available computers, the Raspberry Pi.
It’s actually not a scientific challenge, but a practical problem.
These two computing systems are complete opposites in size, raw computing power, memory and even power usage. Housed at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Trinity is the third-fastest supercomputer in the world, by one measure. But the Department of Energy and the lab didn’t design it to top the speed list. They wanted it to solve specific – and huge – physics problems that would bring any other machine to its knees while sucking in megawatts of power from the electric grid.