This article was written to detail the process of one-on-one project based learning and the benefits to the student. Students are increasingly seeking opportunities to gain experience with developing technologies that interest them personally, but may be beyond the planned curriculum. This paper explores an independent project of a student creating a supercomputer by using the parallel processing power of ten Raspberry pi. Traditionally computing is executed one instruction at a time, usually using a single processor. The speed in which instructions are completed depends on how fast data moves through the hardware. Parallel computing is a faster way to process instructions by breaking the large task into smaller tasks using a coordinated effort to process data simultaneously. Parallel computing is typically handled by supercomputers that range in costs from the hundreds of thousands to over a billion dollars.
Franks, Shaun and Yerby, Johnathan, "INDEPENDENT PROJECT BASED LEARNING: APPLYING KNOWLEDGE BY CREATING A LOW-COST SUPERCOMPUTER WITH RASPBERRY PI" (2014). SAIS 2014 Proceedings. 8.