A Tiny Piece of Pi
A couple of weeks ago, I asked if there were any military applications for a hugely powerful quantum computer.
How about something at the other end of the scale, a $5 computer.
The original, and British designed, Raspberry Pi is a small (65 x 30 x 5 mm) Linux computer that took the market by storm. The newest member of the Raspberry Pi family has the potential to be even more disruptive. It has a Broadcom 1GHz BCM2835 processor, 512 MB SDRAM, microSD slot, 40 pin header, mini-HDMI socket and two micro USB ports. The beauty of the Pi Zero is the simple fact that it can run Linux and form the basis of numerous development projects whilst being small, power efficient.
And at $5, incredibly cheap.
MPEG video encoding, software defined radio, equipment monitoring and telemetry, remote sensing and encryption are the kind of applications that immediately spring to mind but instead of a small number of incredibly powerful computers, how about a a large number of incredibly cheap computers?
What are the defence and security applications?
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