Turing Pi launches its 7-slot Raspberry Pi CM3 cluster board

Turing Pi launches its 7-slot Raspberry Pi CM3 cluster board

Turing Machines Inc. has finally opened preorders for the last $1000-unit run of its mini ITX cluster boards after a while of being sold in the market.

The Mini-ITX form factor board simply referred to as “Turing Pi”, is a compact solution that leverages the Raspberry Pi Compute Module. The Turing Pi board clusters 7x GbE-switched Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 (CM3) modules, each with its own 40-pin GPIO, microSD slot, and empty eMMC slot.

The Turing Pi cluster board has the same specs as the original $128 model except that it doesn’t have the dual MIPI-CSI connectors and MIPI-DSI interface. The Turing Pi comes packed with a Gigabit Ethernet switch to cluster the 7x CM3s, an HDMI port, an audio jack, and 8x USB ports. The board can be powered either through a 4-pin ATX power connector or from a standard 12V-20V DC jack. The built-in Gigabit network backplane saves you the stress of having to use a separate network switch.

The cluster board can handle up to 7 compute modules at a time and work with any number of nodes, meaning you can start with a couple of nodes and scale when needed. Each node is a unique IP address and a limited 100 Mbps USB speed.

The Turing Pi is geared for applications that support the Kubernetes software ecosystem, Docker and machine learning TensorFlow and Caffe. There’s also support for Mxnet, Jupyter Notebook, and OPENFAAS serverless stacks.

Features and Specifications of the Turing Pi include;

  • Can load OS through SD card, eMMC or netboot.
  • Has power management for each node.
  • Supports Raspberry Pi Compute Modules 1, 3 and 3+.
  • Has up to 7GB of RAM.
  • Maximum of 224GB Internal eMMC.
  • Maximum of 28 CPU cores.
  • 7x Micro SD slots (1 per node)
  • Flash port for Master Node only via micro USB
  • 7x 40-pin GPIO, RPI compatible pinout
  • 7x DDR2 SO-DIMM
  • I2C Cluster management bus
  • 1x External I2C ports for additional devices like EEPROM or LCD displays
  • 128 Bytes of User space EEPROM
  • 1x HDMI (Master Node)
  • 8x USB 2.0
  • 1x 1Gbps Ethernet port
  • 100Mbps Node network speed
  • 1x Real-time clock
  • 1x 3.5 mm Audio Jack
  • Up to 40 W power consumption, and,
  • 12V Mini ITX Power socket.
  • Dimensions: 170 x 170 mm (6.7 x 6.7 inches)

The Turing Pi cluster boards are available for preorder at $189, with delivery expected to start in November or December. You might also want to consider signing up for a Turing Pi rewards program here to get a 5% discount off the price and a chance at greater rewards.

More details may be found on the company’s website.

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Hardware Design Engineer | #IoT Consultant |All things #ML | Entrepreneur | Serial Writer | Passionate about Innovation and technology as tools for solving problems in developing countries. Spare time is spent around writing and advocacy for the growth of the Maker/DIY Culture in Africa.

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