Jetson TK-1 - Embedded SBC SuperComputer Power for Pennies
Okay, so everyone has a blast playing with the < $50 raspberry pi, but what if you take it up a notch. I mean drop a few extra bucks (more like $160 extra) and you can have some serious power in a small little footprint. The Jetson TK-1 is a Kepler GPU with 192 cuda cores and 4-Plus-1 quad-core ARM Cortex A15 CPU. That’s a lotta power for $192 (retail). But wait, there’s more. It comes with 1Ge ethernet connector, 2Gb ram, 16Gb eMMC memory, USB, Audio, SATA, HDMI, and RS-232 serial port (old school).
It took less than a 5 minutes to get it set up! Download the Darkice source and build (configure) it with the --with-alsa and --with-alsa-prefix, and --with-lame, and --with-lame-prefix, both pointing to the library directory for the shared libraries respectivly. After configuring and Making the darkice binary, you’ll need to setup a /etc/darkice.cfg file.
# see the darkice.cfg man page for details
# this section describes general aspects of the live streaming session
duration = 0 # duration of encoding, in seconds. 0 means forever
bufferSecs = 5 # size of internal slip buffer, in seconds
reconnect = yes # reconnect to the server(s) if disconnected
# this section describes the audio input that will be streamed
device = hw:1,0 # Alsa soundcard device for the audio input
sampleRate = 44100 # sample rate in Hz. try 11025, 22050 or 44100
bitsPerSample = 16 # bits per sample. try 16
channel = 1 # channels. 1 = mono, 2 = stereo
# this section describes a streaming connection to an IceCast2 server
# there may be up to 8 of these sections, named [icecast2-0] ... [icecast2-7]
# these can be mixed with [icecast-x] and [shoutcast-x] sections
bitrateMode = vbr # variable bit rate
format = mp3 # format of the stream: mp3
quality = 0.6 # quality of the stream sent to the server
server = localhost # host name of the server
port = 8000 # port of the IceCast2 server, usually 8000
password = SOURCE_PASSWORD # source password to the IceCast2 server
mountPoint = raspi # mount point of this stream on the IceCast2 server
name = RasPi # name of the stream
description = DarkIce on RasPi # description of the stream
url = http://localhost # URL related to the stream
genre = my genre # genre of the stream
public = no # advertise this stream?
localDumpFile = recording.mp3 # Record also to a file
I set the device name to pulse. Fire it up and throw it in the background and you should see a stream registered on your Icecast2 server!
You may need to setup your audio port on the Jetson.
#### Next Up: Jetson TK-1 20-node cluster
So, I was impulsive… I bought 20 of these boards, loaded up the JetPack and started to ponder - how I am going to power, connect, and house 20 of these boards.
Aside from stacking up the hardware, I’m thinking about the software to glue twenty of these things together too. Want to take advantage of cuda and maybe even mpi… stay tuned!!