Making parallel computing easy to use has been described as "a problem as hard as any that computer science has faced." With such a big challenge ahead, every programmer needs to have access to cheap and open parallel hardware and development tools. Inspired by great hardware communities like Raspberry Pi and Arduino, Parallella sees a critical need for a truly open, high-performance computing platform that will close the knowledge gap in parallel programing. The goal of the Parallella project is to democratize access to parallel computing. The project aims to make parallel computing accessible to everyone, and has successfully raised its Kickstarter funding goal of $750,000, with $898,921 pledged.