Resources for “The Ultimate Linux Lunchbox”

Resources for the print article.

Clustermatic—a Complete Cluster Solution:

Parvus SnapStiks:

Technologic Systems Single Board Computers:

“LinuxBIOS at Four” by Ron Minnich, Linux Journal, February 2004: /article/7170

“Porting LinuxBIOS to the AMD SC520” by Ron Minnich, Linux Journal, August 2005: /article/8120

“Porting LinuxBIOS to the AMD SC520, Part 2” by Ron Minnich:



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xcpu download ?

Alf Solli's picture

Read the article from start to end, more than once, and I have to say: "Inspiring!"

.. Anyway, I was wondering where can I download xcpu from ?
I'm trying to set up a cluster, using pxe booting nodes, and a suse 10.0 workstation as front-end, but bproc is giving me a hard time..
(If anyone can point out some resources in this area, please do)

- Alf Solli -


prantaaho's picture

Overall a nice article. However, I would have liked to see some performance charts for the strongarm cluster. Also more information about technical specs of that cluster would be nice; how much memory in each node etc.

Specs for TS7200 Single Board Computers

David Baldock's picture

From the [] web page:

TS-7200 Single Board Computer

200 MHz ARM processor for Linux

* ARM9 processor with MMU
* 8 MB Flash disk (16 MB optional)
* 10/100 Ethernet
* Compact Flash
* 2 USB host ports
* 2 COM ports
* 20 DIO
* PC/104 expansion bus
* Optional A/D and RS-485

And, from the [] web page:

ARM9 Family

* 32-bit RISC processor with ARM® and Thumb® instruction sets
* 5-stage integer pipeline achieves 1.1 MIPS/MHz
* Up to 300 MIPS (Dhrystone 2.1) in a typical 0.13µm process
* Single 32-bit AMBA bus interface
* MMU supporting Windows CE, Symbian OS, Linux, Palm OS

16 SBC's + 1 Laptop on a 16-Port Switch?

David Baldock's picture

I really enjoyed the article on building the compact 16-Node cluster.

I've got a question about Figure 13. I count 16 Single Board Computers, but only 15 gray Ethernet cables connected to the 16-Port switch. The 16th cable appears to be black, and apparently goes out of the tool-box to the controlling ThinkPad Laptop. Does the 16th node in the cluster work without an Ethernet cable connected to the switch?

Take Care,
David Baldock

this article is truly

Anonymous's picture

this article is truly inspiring, i wish to build one of these in the near future, but as a reply, maybe the laptop counts as the 16th node? just a guess on my part, but possible?