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PicoCluster FAQ

Q. What is a PicoCluster?

A. It is literally a Micro Data Center that fits on your desktop. It takes advantage of SBCs like Raspberry PI4, ODroid, RockPro64, and Marvell MachittoBIN to create a multi-computer cluster similar in design and architecture to a full sized data center.


Q. What can you do with PicoCluster?

A. Just about anything you can do with a desktop computer or any other computer cluster. PicoCluster runs a Linux OS and can run essentially any software that can run on Linux for ARM.


Q. What can you do with a computer cluster?

A. Clusters allow multiple computers to work together on a single problem. This is very commonly done in business to provide resiliency and scalability for business applications. Many computers working together can solve problems much faster than a single computer and if one of the computers fail or stop working, then the other computers in the cluster keep working.


Q. What are some examples of software you can run on PicoCluster?

A. Here's a very small list:

  • Hadoop (Big Data processing)
  • Apache Spark
  • Cassandra
  • ElasticSearch
  • SOLR
  • Neo4J
  • Apache and Tomcat for website.
  • Databases like MySQL and Postgres
  • LAMP stack running on multiple nodes
  • Most programming languages: Java, Python, JavaScript, Ruby, Scala, Go and many others


Q. Why PicoCluster?

A. Computer cluster are very expensive to purchase and take a great deal of expertise to own and operate. PicoCluster makes it possible for anyone to own and experiment with a computer cluster. This is important for professionals, education, and business of all types to learn.


Contact us at support@picocluster.com for questions.