The past few weeks were really hot at Resultly headquarters. So hot, in
fact, that we did not notice the sudden onset of the delayed mid-western
summer with its lush greenness and weekend
beachgoers. Pulling all-nighters, going through tens of thousands of lines of code,
and debugging parallel
loops became a
substantial part our lives for the past few weeks. Viva Redbull! We
sense the finish line, and our product is finally taking the shape that
matches our vision. It has been a challenging time and, we strongly
recommend updating a widely quoted line by Agatha
"Every man should build a house, plant a tree, and write a search engine."
Not sure about trees, and some of us are too young for houses, but
definitely, one of the items can be crossed off the list above quite
It is Tuesday,
May 29th, and it is a slow start after a long Memorial Day weekend.
Today, we are presenting Resultly at
Technori in downtown, Chicago.
Technori is a venue where start-ups like us meet, exchange ideas, present themselves and are offered a
chance to gain more exposure. It is a celebration of entrepreneurship,
and we are proud to be invited as one of a very few featured guests. It
is a great opportunity to make a bold statement and we are proud to give
a talk about our product. We are nervous, but also excited and the
team is not in the working mood today. We decided to write another long awaited blog
entry for our fans that would
hopefully give yet another bit of insight into the way Resultly sees
itself within the world of tech.
Resultly is a small startup with only a handful of highly energetic
individuals. We constantly push boundaries in search of novel and
unconventional solutions that would permit us gaining the edge over our
competitors. Resultly is a search engine, and
the nature of our product requires a high level of distribution within
Heat generating server
are really cool for Google, but for us, they are really expensive. The
desire to reduce the cost and gain more flexibility brought our
attention to a young British start-up with a really cute name -
Raspberry Pi. Indeed, what could be better than a mix of mathematics and
Foundation, surprisingly listed as a
charity, offers an ultra cheap, highly integrated single-board ARM
computer. The mission of Raspberry Pi Foundation is to promote computer
education in schools. This is a noble goal, but private businesses
recognized the value of the Raspberry Pi boards first. The initial
shipment was sold out in a matter of hours. With the price of \$25/\$35
per board, there is a lot one could do with this technology. The demand
is high and the Foundation is working on shipping more boards, but for
now they are being sold on eBay sometimes 10 times more expensive than
the original price.
We were able to secure a couple of boards to scope their capabilities.
Raspberry Pi Board has a single 700MHz ARM processor from Broadcom. The
card includes graphic processing unit, a couple of USB ports, LAN
interface, audio, RCA and HDMI slots. It has 256MB of internal memory,
and it uses a Secure Digital card with an on-board socket as a storage.
It is powered through the standard Micro-B USB interface, and it
requires no cooling. A keyboard and a mouse can be connected to the
board and we successfully tested the HDMI port on our wall 72" TV.
As far as the operating system is concerned, Raspberry Pi uses Linux as
an operating system and supports languages such as Perl and C but the
the wisdom of the forums suggests that any language can be included as
long as its compiler supports
does not comply with any standard form factors, and the boards are
offered without any casings at this moment. We have a few rather
interesting ideas how to situate these small computing units in our
racks and to make this technology work for Resultly. With such a small
price we can invest in hundreds and hundreds of Raspberries. Now we are
paying \$1000 for a Mac Mini, which we wrote about
Each mac mini runs up to 4 virtual machines with an individual task. For
the same price, we can accommodate 25+ Raspberry boards with a higher
level of throughput, no cooling requirements, in addition to being one
of the first adopters of this amazing technology. Swarm
arrived, and we are proud to be the first one to explore its benefits.