K9ZW Shack Computer Cluster (Turing Pi 2)

I’m getting a Homelab using the TuringPi v2 Clusterboard and Four Raspberry Pi 4 CM4 Modules!

Basically a small scale server setup where I plan to do a LOT of learning as I re-sharpen my now long in the tooth IT skills.

About the clusterboard (which iw ould have called a backplane, but I guess that is old school and doesn’t recognize that the clusterboard is essentially an additional computer managing all the cluster slots: https://turingpi.com/

Here is a video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUPYpZBfsMU

So what is the RPi CM4 anyway? https://www.raspberrypi.com/products/compute-module-4/?variant=raspberry-pi-cm4001000 It is basically a RPi4 in a form factor for embedded projects.

The TuringPi v2 will on a mix & match basis also use a nvidia product that is better suited for machine learning experiments and when it is released the Turing RK1 SBC (Single Board Computer) modules.

With the RK1 a future product, how does the raspberry pi cm4 vs nvidia jetson nano tradeoffs work out?

Basically the RPi CM4 is available, documented better, and more affordable. The higher power nvidia jetsons seem very hard to find and as one can be added later, I will get started on an all RPi CM4 configuration.

Here is another link to someone who has been playing with the TuringPi v2:


Some TuringPi thoughts on learning: https://turingpi.com/use-case-learn-cloud-the-hard-way/

At my stage in reading I am aiming to start with a Docker Swarm installation: https://help.turingpi.com/hc/en-us/articles/8943088486173-The-plan

Was notified today that my TuringPi v2 clusterboard, with the daughterboards to use the CM4 modules, along with all the TuringPi specific bits, is close to shipping. Everything else I need to get started I have already on hand.

While initially not directly Ham Radio related, I don’t think it will be very long until this small but powerful machine is press-ganged into helping in my ham shack.

This should be a lot of fun!



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