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News SolidRun launches Braswell-based MicroSoMs, SolidPC

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  1. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    Looks interesting. Dual NICs in particular have me interested as a way to quiet (read: replace) my firewall as it is now the loudest part of my office.

    I wonder if anyone will come up with a 'compute board' backplane-like carrier board, for plugging lots of these in at once. That could be fun, too. :D
     
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    Exactly what I was thinking!
     
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    Apparently the first units are hitting the UK tail end of next week, and my name's on the list for a review sample. I'll let you know how I get on with it!
     
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    Please do!

    May I ask for a few potential benchmarks if you have any extra time?
     
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    Suggest away! Bear in mind I'll be focusing on Linux, though; I may stick a trial copy of Windows 10 on there just to check that it works, but most of the time it's going to be running Linux.
     
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    It'd be great if you could compile GROMACS from source and run the regression test suite. That'd be awesome. :) If you've got more time or energy, there are more complex tutorials that can be used as benchmarks, but they will likely take more time than you want to spend.
     
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    Looks like the regression tests are only available for 4.6.1, which is three years old. Is that the version you want testing?
     
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    If you download 5.1.4, then build with cmake using:

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    cmake .. -DBUILD_OWN_FFTW=ON -DREGRESSIONTEST_DOWNLOAD=ON
    Then it'll download and build the regression tests for the latest version (5.1.4) during the build, which will then run with 'make check' once 'make -j x' has completed. :)

    The "quick and dirty" install is usually sufficient for a decent idea of how they will perform. Once I've got an idea what these are capable of, then I'll worry about compiler choice, optimisation flags etc. :D

    Thanks in advance. :)
     
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    I shall give it a go, as and when the thing turns up!
     
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    Could you test how well Mint 18 Cinnamon runs on it?
     
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    I'll be running Ubuntu 16.04.1, on which Mint 18 is based. Basically, if it runs Ubuntu 16.04.1 with the Unity desktop without a hitch, it'll have no problems with Mint 18 with the Cinnamon desktop.
     
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    I had hoped to find out if it ran Cinnamon desktop with graphics acceleration or if it fell back to software rendering , but no problem. :)
     
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    Unity is hardware-accelerated with software fallback, too; like I say, if it'll run Unity it'll run Cinnamon.
     
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    OK , that makes sense. :)

    If you have a switch you could try the SolidRun as a router though i dare say most people spending that type of money would just buy a high end router.
     

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