Ten Years of Raspberry Pi

Make computing fun again!


I have little to no experience with Raspberry Pi. Though I have seen that they are often used for low level computing and the newer models are even able to run some advanced emulation for old video game systems. It’s amazing that we live in an age where something so small could be so powerful!


At Fourmilab, I use a Raspberry Pi 3 to run one of the two Global Consciousness Project nodes hosted here. The Pi has far more power and memory than is needed for such an application, but with no moving parts or other tasks, it just runs and runs without any problems:

$ ssh pi
me@pi:~$ uptime
 23:21:45 up 321 days, 15:20,  3 users,  load average: 0.08, 0.05, 0.01

I also use it to run Mathematica, since a full version of Mathematica is included with the the Pi (or at least was when I bought mine a few years ago).

If and when I need to retire the existing HotBits generator machines, which are currently Fujitsu office PCs I installed in 2012 and 2014, I plan to replace them with Raspberry Pi systems.

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