Mixtile Cluster Box

Built-in PCIe 3.0 Switch

Support 4x Mixtile Blade 3

4x NVMe M.2 Slot

Compact Steel Case with Cooling Fans

Mixtile Cluster Box is an enclosure with built-in PCIe switch designed to accommodate a four-node cluster of Mixtile Blade 3 boards, providing higher computing power, faster network speed, and larger storage space. From small business applications to edge computing, it is an ideal HPC cluster for ultra-low-power consumption.
 
Cluster Box consists of a backplane, a control board, and a customized small chassis with fans inside. Blade 3 SBCs can be connected to the product chassis through the U.2 interface. The product has an ASM2824 PCIe Switch chip, with 4 downstream ports configured as PCIe 3.0 ×4 and connected to the U.2 interface.
 

TCP/IP over PCIe Solution

Cluster Box utilizes the OpenWrt system. Mixtile will provide a software package enabling the PCIe interface to function as a virtual network interface. This TCP/IP over PCIe solution offers performance properties beyond what can be achieved with a traditional network interconnected system, even without modifying or recompiling the existing software.

Cutting-Edge Backplane

The core of the Cluster Box features a state-of-the-art backplane board. Driven by the ASM2824 PCIe Packet Switch chip, this board enables flawless connectivity among Blade 3 boards. With four downstream ports configured as PCIe 3.0 ×4, you can rely on the backplane’s robust performance and reliability to ensure continuous data transmission.

 

Small Size, Massive Performance

A neat and compact system instead of the usual acrylic case and spacers setup, Cluster Box connects up to four Mixtile Blade 3 boards via PCIe interface, functioning as a high-performance unified 4-node ARM cluster. This configuration amplifies your computational capabilities, enabling you to easily tackle complex tasks, process data-intensive applications, and accelerate your workflows.
Specially adopts the design of Captive Screw, which can be disassembled and installed directly by hand without tools.

Expandable Storage Capacity

Running out of storage space is no need to be concerned with the Mixtile Cluster Box. You can take advantage of its expansive storage capabilities by connecting your Blade 3 boards to the Cluster Box’s chassis via the U.2 interface. Four NVMe M.2 M-Key slots support PCIe 3.0 ×2 and are fully compatible with NVMe SSD. Scale your storage capacity as your needs grow, ensuring you never have to compromise on storing critical data or large-scale projects.

Efficient Cooling System

To maintain optimal performance, Mixtile Cluster Box features a customized small chassis equipped with two internal 60mm fans. These fans ensure efficient cooling for the cluster, preventing overheating and maintaining stability during demanding computing tasks. Enjoy your system operating at its best, even during extended usage.

Various Application Scenarios

By incorporating readily available features with cutting-edge commercial processors, you can achieve the high-level performance, scalability, and interoperability required for your most challenging applications.

High-Performance Computing (HPC)

Data Analysis and Big Data Processing

AI & Machine Learning

Container Orchestration:
Kubernetes, Docker

On-Premises Deployment/Self-Hosting

Parallel Programming

Technical Specifications

Technical Details
  • Switch: ASMedia ASM2824, support four PCIe 3.0 4-lane ports
  • Storage interfaces: 
    • 4x NVMe M.2 M-Key slot (PCIe 3.0 x2 each slot, connecting to Blade 3)
    • 4x SATA 3.0 port (connecting to Blade 3)
  • Connectivity: 4x U.2 interfaces (connecting to Blade 3)
  • Network: 1x 100/1000 Mbps Ethernet port
  • PCIe expansion: 2x SFF-8643 port (support PCIe 3.0 x4 each, upstream)
  • Fan: 2x 60 mm fans
  • Software support: Preloaded customized Linux system and Kubernetes
  • Power:
    • 1x DC jack port, 19~19.5 V 4.74 A power input
    • Power button with a blue LED indicator
  • Material: Metal case, SGCC steel
  • Dimensions: 213 mm x 190 mm x 129 mm
  • Temperature:
    • Operating: 0°C to 80°C
    • Storage: -20°C to 85°C
  • Relative humidity:
    • Operating: 10% to 90%
    • Storage: 5% to 95%
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