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The Turing Pi 2 crowdfunding campaign has soared passed its $64,000 goal in a single day, currently standing at $1,027,428 with more than 3,400 backers. Early-bird backers will be able to build their own Arm cluster in a box for $199 (compute modules come extra). Now the entry-level pledge stands at $219 for one Turing Pi 2 …

  1. chuckufarley Silver badge

    I'm guessing that...

    ...Crysis isn't going to run unless some makes an ARM port. On the other hand it can have tons of DNS servers running on it because, you know, it's always DNS.

    I wonder how long it will be until I find a youtube video of someone running a samba PDC and remote desktop cluster on one of these.

    1. Tom 7 Silver badge

      Re: I'm guessing that...

      I ran one on a Pi Zero W for the home network for a while. The I forgot I was running it and went 64 bit. Might have another play!

    2. Wayland

      Re: I'm guessing that...

      I expect it will run Doom.

  2. spireite Silver badge

    Someone will use it for mining altcoins.... oh, wait.....

  3. Just A Quick Comment

    This would make a cracking chess computer...

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    A million dollar gimmick.

    Things like this make me want to campaign something ANYTHING on kickstarter.

    1. doublelayer Silver badge

      Re: A million dollar gimmick.

      This isn't the first board of its kind, although it's unusual. If you too can find a product idea that three thousand people want, you can make a nice chunk of money by selling it to them. Of course, then you have to go make that thing, which leads to the perennial misunderstanding of small businesses where a million in revenue doesn't result in much profit at all. Why not try it, but understand that the money they've made wasn't easy or cheap.

      1. werdsmith Silver badge

        Re: A million dollar gimmick.

        I have backed it, I have a great use case in mind for it. I found out about their version 1 too late and missed out so I have waited patiently for this one. But it's really interesting to read through the comments and questions on the campaign page from backers who have obviously have no clue what they have signed up for.

        It's approaching 4000 backers as I write this.

        1. Down not across

          Re: A million dollar gimmick.

          I have also backed this. I have Turing Pi version 1 (which for those who don't know, supports 7 nodes on the board) which is bloody brilliant. I think theyv'e done a cracking job in having just enough integration/management built in that (for me at least) it is worth paying a bit rather than doing from scratch. Sadly CM3+ modules are bit difficult to obtain at the moment.

          I am stil wondering if I should've pledged for 2 to have a fail over cluster.

  5. Bartholomew Bronze badge

    No interest yet, but ...

    The most interesting part of the thing for me is the bit that is not on sale (yet) the 8 core 4x ARM Cortex-A76 @ 2.6 GHz with 4x ARM Cortex-A55 @ 1.8 GHz Rockchip RK3588 (made in the Samsung Foundry's 8LPP: 8 nm) boards with 32GiB of RAM and the ability to decode AV1 albeit at only a maximum of 4K 60fps. When Turing start selling that board I'll start to pay attention.

    A BCM2711 4x ARM Cortex-A72 @ 1.2 GHz (made with a 28nm process) in a RPi4 is about 30480 DMIPS and nearly 5x that is the RK3588 at an estimated 130360 to 148040 DMIPS. It is a little bit of a beast.

    1. werdsmith Silver badge

      Re: No interest yet, but ...

      I'll also be interested in that board, when there is solid software support for it. It will remain something mainly for people who have the chops to deal with a flakey environment for quite some time after it appears because these guys in Delaware haven't the resource to get it stable without considerable community input.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Some minor corrections.

    1. Nothing to do with Raspberry Pi foundation. Pi devices are designed by Raspberry Pi Ltd.

    2. It's going to be months before the supply chain for silicon starts to get back on track, for Pi and Nvidia stuff.

    3. The Pi4 is now 1.8GHz, not 1.2 (as incorrectly stated in a comment). You can usually overclock to 2Ghz with no issues.

    1. werdsmith Silver badge

      Re: Some minor corrections.


      1. I don't see the article claiming this is to do with the Raspberry Pi Foundation - it's just one of many carrier boards available that a CM4 can be plugged into. And anyway, if we are doing corrections, Foundation don't develop or sell hardware - they do education.

      2. It's going to be months before this Turing Pi V2 cluster board is available. Although they are aiming for September, previous experience of crowdfund projects tells me sometime in 2023.

      3. Although it might clock up, the Compute Module 4 specification on the Raspberry Pi website is 1.5GHz. This Turing Pi V2 boards is about CM4, not Pi4B.

    2. doublelayer Silver badge

      Re: Some minor corrections.

      "The Pi4 is now 1.8GHz, not 1.2 (as incorrectly stated in a comment). You can usually overclock to 2Ghz with no issues."

      The 1.2 number is wrong, but so is yours. The only thing that gets 1.8 is where they put the Pi into a keyboard and have a massive metal plate for dissipating heat. The board itself and the compute module used here both have a base rate of 1.5 GHz. They also run hot, meaning that if you overclock and don't have any power problems, you still might have automatic underclocking due to overheating. That gets worse when you pack them close together, although I haven't checked whether this includes cooling or if you need to add it.

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