I am looking for a single board computer to discover the possibility of using them as a computing unit to support my laptop.
I would like to try four or five of those SBCs and use them for scientific computations, and communicate the data to my laptop for visualization via ethernet cable. The platform should be able to run python, c, fortran and latex codes. I would like to have 10GB of free disk space to write data on each one of the SBCs after installations. Memory is typically the bottleneck during the computations. No WIFI, GPIO, HDMI, USB3.0 etc. is needed on SBCs.
I want to start with a budget around $300-$500 and I would like to know if somebody already tried it and could recommend me a SBC brand or specification and share some experience to help me start. The questions in my mind for the moment:
- which linux distribution to achieve this with minimum ram and disk space
- is SBCs of today make it reasonable to try this (LPDDRs, CPUs)
- how to parallelise SBCs,
- how to design the cooling system etc..
I hope this question helps many others who wants to start this.
Thanks for your help!