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By Clusterbit Inc.
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About this project

We developed a multi-node Linux cluster based on ARM architecture. 

An energy efficient, scalable and high performance platform available to be used in homes, offices or an IT lab environments. 

Since the birth of the first Rockhopper, we were able to experiment with multiple enterprise solutions at the comfort of our home. Solutions that would have required expensive high end hardware or old and outdated power hungry servers.

Watch this video of our first prototype(MACH I). We used a traditional switch to get started, works like a charm, but a bit to loud!! 

Our goal is to provide users with the world’s smallest affordable datacenter. 

Encouraging users to be thinkers and experiment with new possibilities. Most people in the computing field or hobbyist cannot accommodate a high volume of traditional servers running at home or in a SOHO, especially when it's for a sandbox environment. 

The Rockhopper(MACH IV) supports up to 8 credit card size servers, which interconnect to our proprietary high-speed and hot pluggable backplane. 

Therefore, avoiding unnecessary power adapters, cluttered network cables and reducing network latency.

This is our third prototype(MACH III) that we used to run multiple tests. 64 CORES | 16 GB RAM | 128 GB storage. This is AWESOME!!

The Rockhopper will be designed to handle intensive computations and is targeted to individuals with different purposes such as:

Web developers | System integrators | Mobile/App Developers | Science/Medical research (MPI/MPICH) | 3D Graphic artists (GPU parallel rendering) | Home entertainment | Hardware enthusiasts/Hackers

With our fully functional prototype, we had the freedom to test a wide variety of solutions and scenarios that will accommodate users from many different fields.

Visit our website www.clusterbit.com to access the SOURCE CODE, SCHEMATICS, BSP for all major linux distributions and for ANDROID. (available only if funding is successful)

MACH II Running MPI, hey thats sounds better!

 MACH III

Screenshot of stress testing...

Test your skills with the right hardware to learn and increase skills in IT, moreover allowing user to focus more on their goals rather than dealing with common hardware incompatibility and networking issues. Our mission is to encourage the everyday hardware geek to experience unlimited possibilities with the many Linux distributions supported by our product. We encourage the use of Open Source software and the distribution of knowledge via an online community. 

Home entertainment

LAMP server for web development and hosting

Distributed Compiling 

Back office solutions

Let us know what you think. What else can this box do?

The project began in March 2014 with both co-founders Raffi Manoian and Zohrab Tavitian. Based on the experience we had with our first prototype, we achieved great results and this showed that the system runs efficiently. We wanted to increase the speed of the Rockhopper by using components with higher performance. We grew our team and gained more support from engineers, developers and designers. The next stage is to deliver our product to the masses to build an online community that will encourage members to share their findings by using an open source platform. 

Join a network of thinkers to help improve the World's smallest datacenter.

 We are currently working to develop MACH IV "ROCKHOPPER", this requires much more resources. We are developing our own boards and high speed backplane, by using cutting edge components, to achieve much better results.  

The ROCKHOPPER(MACH IV) will be silent, with no moving parts and energy efficient. The goal is to achieve a compact Small Form Factor product with a modern design. 

The Rockhopper will have many purposes and is left to the user to decide its core functionality. 

Join us to help improve the Worlds smallest datacenter by getting your own Rockhopper(MACH IV). We definitely want it to be affordable, therefore we need to manufacture at a larger scale in order to decrease costs for

  • Purchasing components
  • Manufacturing
  • Testing
  • Assembly and packaging
  • Shipping

The Rockhopper will be available for pre-orders on our website once we reach our goal.

These our the components that will be included in our MACH IV.

MACH III - prototype

  • Exynos5 Octa Cortex™-A15 1.6Ghz quad core and Cortex™-A7 quad core CPUs
  • PowerVR SGX544MP3 GPU (OpenGL ES 2.0, OpenGL ES 1.1 and OpenCL 1.1 EP)
  • 2Gbyte LPDDR3 RAM PoP
  • USB 3.0 Host x 1, USB 3.0 OTG x 1, USB 2.0 Host x 4
  • HDMI 1.4a output Type-D connector
  • eMMC 4.5 Flash Storage

MACH IV - ROCKHOPPER 

PROCESSOR A80 specs:

  • Octa-Core big.LITTLE CortexTM-A15/7
  • Low-power CoolFlexTM power management architecture
  • PowerVR 64-core G6230
  • OpenGL ES 3.0/2.0, OpenCL 1.x, DX 9_3
  • dual-channel DDR3/DDR3L/LPDDR3/LPDDR2, up to 8GB
  • Raw NAND with 72-bit ECC
  • eMMC V4.5
  • UHD H.264/VP8 4Kx2K@30fps video playback
  • multi-format FHD video decoding, including MPEG 1/2/4, H.263, H.264. WMV9/VC-1, etc
  • H.265/VP9 1080p@30fps video playback
  • H.264 HP/VP8 4Kx2K@30fps video capture
  • 3840×1080@30fps 3D decoding, BD/SBS/TAB/FP supported
  • 3840×1080@30fps 3D encoding
  • RTSP, HTTP, HLS, RTMP, MMS streaming media protocols
  • dual-channel LVDS 1920×1080@60fps
  • RGB LCD 2048×1536@60fps
  • 4-lane MIPI DSI 1920×1200@60fps
  • 4-lane eDP 2560×1600@60fps
  • HDMI 1.4
  • Integrated parallel and MIPI I/F sensor
  • 5M/8M/12M/16M CMOS sensor
  • 8/10/12-bit YUV/Bayer sensor
  • 2x USB Host, USB 3.0/2.0 Dual-Role (host/device)
  • Ethernet MAC
  • 4x SPI, 7x TWI, 7x UART
  • 4x SD/MMC
  • HSIC
  • PCM/I2S
CASE
  • SINGLE POWER SUPPLY UNIT
  • up to 8 hot pluggable interconnections

The MACH IV Rockhopper consists of cutting edge components and our goal is to increase its performance by adding the best processors available to us. By developing our own boards and high speed backplane, we may do minor changes in order to make the World's smallest datacenter affordable.

Risks and challenges

Clusterbit will use best practices for managing and executing the project, but we do face some risks.

MANUFACTURING
The MACH IV Rockhopper consists of cutting edge components and our goal is to increase its performance by adding the best processors available to us. By developing our own boards and high speed backplane, we may do minor changes in order to make the World's smallest datacenter affordable.

PRODUCT DESIGN
We have an enclosure for our MACH IV already approved for the design stage, but we might do minor changes in order to make sure all features are functional with the layout of the case.

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    16 CORES / 2 nodes (scalable up to 8 nodes per chassis)

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