Cluster computer board runs RasPi CM4, Nvidia Jetson modules

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By Rich Pell

The Turing Pi 2 cluster board is designed to provide users with the creative freedom to set up their own server, homelab, workstation, edge computing node, or whatever. It essentially runs up to four computers interconnected by a network, yet does it in an elegant way, says the company, with no excessive cables or big boxes.

“Here at Turing Machines,” says the company, “we aim to create a compact server and software stack for self-hosted applications: a straightforward solution in the mid-price segment with enough resources to run up to hundreds of applications, easy to set up, easy to manage, available 24/7 locally, and over the Internet. The cluster architecture makes it cloud-native compatible, increases reliability and allows for easy hardware upgrades without the need of replacing the entire server.”

The Turing Pi 2 is equipped with a 1Gbps managed switch, 2x Ethernet ports, 2x SATA3 ports, 4x USB3 ports, DSI and HDMI port, SIM card slot, and two mini PCIe slots that allow extending functionality with a variety of mini PCI-e extension cards. In addition, thanks to its standard mini ITX form-factor, the Turing Pi 2 fits into any conventional rack-mount or computer case.

The Turing Pi 2 supports Raspberry Pi 4 compute modules for general compute, and Nvidia Jetson compute modules for parallel computing tasks and machine learning, as well as the company’s own Turing RK1 compute modules, which come with up to 32 GB of RAM. Based on the Rockchip RK3588 processor, the RK1 module enables building production-ready mid-price segment clusters with up to 128 GB of RAM and 32 CPU cores.

The “icing on the cake,” says the company, is a baseboard management controller (BMC) with open-source firmware. The Turing Pi 2 firmware offers a set of remote management functions such as serial console over LAN, remote OS image flashing, authentication, self-testing, and Over-The-Air management. It allows users to bootstrap a cluster from bare metal hardware to an all-set-up kubeconfig, resume workflows after failures and makes it easier to manage the nodes or even a whole fleet of clusters.

The Turing Pi 2 has been launched on Kickstarter. The board cost is $209 for Early Birds, plus $10 for each Raspberry Pi compute module adapter.

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