Research : FRμIT
The Federated Raspberry Pi Micro-infrastructure Testbed (FRμIT) is an EPSRC funded project that is exploring whether massive aggregation of low-cost, low-power, commodity infrastructure can form an efficient and effective compute fabric for key distributed applications.
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We are investigating networked single-board computers (like Raspberry Pi devices) for micro-data centres and federated micro-clusters. Currently, we have around 1000 Raspberry Pis at various UK university sites (Cambridge, Glasgow, Loughborough and Southampton). We want to scale up this number, to build a distributed UK-wide testbed for scientific research and experimentation.
We're seeking a postdoctoral research associate to work on the EPSRC-funded FRμIT project at the University of Glasgow. The position involves building a massively distributed federated compute fabric using commodity low-power infrastructure, such as Raspberry Pi nodes.
The introduction of ubiquitous low-cost, low-power compute devices, e.g., in the Internet of Things (IoT) is fundamentally changing the computational landscape. Although we already see the benefits provided by special purpose IoT devices, the true capability is only realised when we can re-purpose large numbers of distributed devices as part of a much larger federated service. This is captured in the FRUIT project hypothesis: "Massive aggregation of low-cost, low-power, commodity infrastructure can form an efficient and effective compute fabric for key distributed applications."
This work is supported by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council under grant EP/P004024/1.