[Cerowrt-devel] quad core arm

Joel Wirāmu Pauling joel at aenertia.net
Sun Dec 3 13:18:02 EST 2017

I quite liked the rk3399 board ; it has enough lanes for good duplex
ethernet support, but I haven't seen anyone bundling with multiple
Gigabit ports on a board so you are stuck with miniPciE add-in or USB3
dongles for more than one port.

You can get hold of them relatively easily via aliexpress and there
was a crowdfunded 'tinker' board variant out

In addition to the rockchip board any of the sunxi - allwinner boards
have had a lot of mainline support added over the last 6 months. Most
of the easily available boards are all geared towards HTPC
applications however.

My current interest is in the c3xxx platform which FINALLY has enough
oomph to do duplex 20gbit and can be had with SFP+ equipped variants.

Lately most of the testing work I have been doing has been with the
thunderbolt3 network driver in net-next (and which I think is tagged
for inclusion with 4.15) which gives you 10-40gbit networking mostly


On 4 December 2017 at 06:44, Dave Taht <dave.taht at gmail.com> wrote:
> I have gone through a lot of hackerboards in the last few years.
> I had multiple goals for them - primarily I wanted cheap and
> cheap-to-power wifi and ethernet test targets. I settled on the
> c.h.i.p. for a while for wifi.
> Another goal was a largely fruitless quest to find the ideal next gen
> replacement for the wndr3800. These days I'm using a AC2600 as my main
> device and waiting for the ath10k support to catch up. I used to use
> an olimex something or other for my NAS, I upgraded it to a pine64,
> which was better but crashed hard a few months ago and I've not had a
> chance to go fix it.
> In most cases getting a modern kernel was a major problem. The odroid
> C2 was my fastest network test target (can't drive 1gbit bidir tho),
> and stuck on linux 3.10 for several years now. (I've heard rumors 4.x
> almost works now).
> Anyway the nanopi folk are now producing a wide range of boards I
> haven't tried... til tomorrow:
> https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0728LPB2R/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
> These appear to be supported on modern kernels in armbian (which has
> thus far been the "best" distro for these hackerboards for me).
> https://www.armbian.com/nanopi-neo-2/
> On the really high end the 48 core arm boxes from cavium look interesting.
> Anything else worth looking at?
> --
> Dave Täht
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