Turing Pi 2 crowdfunding campaign hits target • The Register

The Turing Pi 2 crowdfunding campaign surpassed its goal of $64,000 in a single day, currently raising $1,027,428 with over 3,400 backers.

Early contributors will be able to build their own Arm-in-a-Box cluster for $199 (compute modules are extra). Now the entry-level pledge is $219 for a Turing Pi 2 Cluster Board.

We covered the Turing Pi 2 late last year and finally the wait is over – in principle at least. It’s been a year and a half since Turing Machines first announced the product, and nine months since it released the specs.

The Turing Pi 2 supports the Raspberry Pi 4 (CM4) Compute Module via a $10 support card. However, the CM4 is out of stock in most places we looked, so unless you have a couple laying around, you may need to look to some of the other supported CPU modules. .

The good news is that there are a wide variety of them and some of them are in stock at a few places online. The bad news is that they cost a lot more than the budget Raspberry Pi range… which can, of course, be Why they are still in stock.

Alongside the RasPi CM4, Turing Machines’ latest announcement also described its own RK1 processor module, which is to have a Rockchip RK3588 SoC, with four Arm Cortex-A76 performance cores and four Cortex-A55 efficiency cores and up to at 32 GB of RAM. We don’t have a final price for it yet, but the company told us it hopes it’ll be in the region of $150 for a module, with 16GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 16GB of eMMC onboard storage.

In addition to these, the Turing Pi 2 also supports three different Nvidia Jetson development boards: the Nano, TX2 NX, and Xavier NX. We found these last two models for sale online at $260 and $730 respectively.

This is a Kickstarter campaign, so you shouldn’t expect immediate shipping. Perhaps, by the time the stock becomes available, there will be a selection of brains to choose from.

According to the company’s short FAQ list, it’s possible to run with a mix of different boards, and Turing Machines confirmed to us that “you can even start with a compute module, although that doesn’t make much sense “.

He added, “In order to build a Kubernetes cluster, it is recommended to have at least three nodes. Getting CM4 is a bit difficult right now; however, we are building relationships with larger vendors and the RPi Foundation to be able to secure compute modules for each funder who needs them.”

Along with the board and some compute modules, you’ll also need a mini-ITX case to house the system, a power supply, and probably some additional shared storage for your micro-cluster.

It won’t be the cheapest way to build your own K8s cluster, but on the other hand, it will be one of the smallest, quietest and most energy efficient clusters out there, so it will be one of the cheapest. to run. ®

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