Saturday, April 27, 2019

The 200th Post Reflections

In news that's likely just as surprising to some of you as it is to me, this post is the 200th post on my blog - slightly over 4 years after starting it.  I've written extensively about a wide range of topics, and, surprisingly, haven't run out of stuff to say yet - despite nearly 600,000 words written!

I'm over 2.3 million pageviews (!), well over 1000 comments, have a surprising amount of media coverage around the internet, and am, in general, quite happy with how things have gone!  What's the history of my blog?  Where do I plan to go?  Keep reading!

Saturday, April 13, 2019

nVidia Jetson Nano: Desktop Use, Kernel Builds, and Deeper Analysis

Last week, I unboxed the Jetson Nano, set it up, and did some basic benchmarking on it.  This week continues the Jetson Nano analysis.  I'm making it into a desktop, I'm measuring power use, and I'm poking at various other places I find interesting or useful.

The result?  After some tweaking and playing around (and the normal-for-me kernel build), it's a very solid little desktop that can handle an awful lot!

What we've got here: A Jetson Nano, running a 4k display at 60Hz, running an Ubuntu Server virtual machine (somewhat slowly - still working on virtualization), Netbeans running, Chrome Chroming with a few fairly heavy tabs open, IRC connected, and Plex Media Server running a video.  Plus the usual terminals.  It's responsive enough that I'm happily typing this post on it.  Does this count as desktop use?  Up to you, but I sure consider it impressive for a little $100 board!

If you haven't read last week's post, go do so.  I'm building on it this week.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Benchmarking the Brand New nVidia Jetson Nano: 4GB, USB 3, $99!

Early delivery days rock!  I wasn't supposed to have this delivered until Monday, but it showed up this morning, and I'm very, very excited.

If you keep up with little ARM boards, as some people do, you may also be properly excited about the nVidia Jetson Nano.  I've been excited about it for a few weeks now - and I've got one right here on my desk.  As you might expect, I'm about to run it through it's paces and see what makes it tick (after tearing it apart for science).

Since the system is a big GPU with some ARM cores bolted on, most of the early reviews so far have focused on the GPU - and the sort of AI, Machine Learning style stuff the board seems to be designed for.  I haven't seen a good review with more standard benchmark results (and especially storage and browser benchmarks) - so I did them myself!

I know I promised some solar related posts, and they're coming - but this little gizmo is way more interesting, and is one of the few times you'll see me reviewing a brand new bit of hardware that just came out.

Interested in what a modern little quad core ARM dev board can do?  Keep reading!