Well, parallel programming is still a bit obscure, which as you know is the point of the whole project. Also, many interesting details were added late in the funding process. Check out http://canhekick.it/projects/adapteva/parallella-a-supercomputer-for-everyone to get an idea.
Also, do note that the $199 64-core option is dependent on the project reaching its $3M stretch goal, which I doubt it will. To be sure to get a 64-core, you have to pledge $750.
Art Popp writes: I need for a super computer to do some very branch-diverse AI experimentation for gaming AI development. I can't afford EC2 for an extended period. Caught up in the magic of GPU computing, I now have 5 CUDA books fully digested and an Nvidia 580GTX completely idle (except for Portal nights), and it turns out it's going to be nightmarishly tricky to bend a GPU to my needs because of the inherent dislike SIMD architectures have for this kind of code. I just came across the Parallella Kickstarter and backed it. The 64 individual cores, the non-SIMD layout, the decent memory throughput and the simple C programming interface make it sound pretty awesome, but CUDA was the wrong flavor of awesome for my needs. Is there a reason there aren't more backers for a $200 supercomputer? Or should I buy three?
LoneTech writes: The Parallella massively multicore computer has been previously mentioned on slashdot, but as the kickstarter campaign nears its end more details have come to light. In particular, the glue logic and CPU are provided by a Zynq FPGA (a reprogrammable logic chip) with gratis development tools — already used in the prototype, but that board costs three or four times as much without the multiprocessor attachment. For the main feature, the Epiphany multiprocessor, much documentation is already public and the development tools are free software (yes, as in libre). Another distinguishing feature is its footprint — not much larger than a credit card, the entire board draws only 5W.
Legally, they could very well be seen as a transcript of a performance, which might be a form of IP infringement. In real life, however, it is ridiculous. To go to class means for a teacher to share information with students. That fact is taken for granted by all who would teach or learn anything. But maybe it's been taken for granted to the point where there is no law regulating it. Quite an interesting problem.