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Discussion in 'DIY/Hackable - Embedded Devices' started by PaulTech, Sep 10, 2018.

  1. PaulTech

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    Hello,

    I have not yet seen APU being mentioned on the forums and figured I'd share a link to a product I've found incredibly useful.

    http://www.pcengines.ch/apu3c2.htm

    It has found uses in our environment as a network control plane for ASICs/FPGA's
    Can be had in the ~100 USD range.

    Let me know what you think or if you know of other such products!
     
  2. acascianelli

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    I run an APU2 with pfSense at home for a firewall.
     
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    Have seen that's a fairly popular choice for the box.
    Talking to owner in hopes of replacing the i211AT ethernet with something a bit more powerful along with more standardized headers.

    It's fantastic little box, We use it extensively for the easy to add LTE modems providing lights-out recovery to facilities.
     
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    I only have a 100Mbit Comcast connection, so it's more than powerful enough to handle that. IIRC, the limit for these things seems to be about ~700Mbit connections.

    I think when I built mine it only cost me like $175 total for the board, case, power supply and SSD.
     
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    What do you mean by this? I have a different box which has four of these and they seem rock solid; also have a few on an AIC in my server and one in my desktop as a second 1GbE.
     
  6. PaulTech

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    For home usage the I211-AT chipset would have no performance implications (950+mbit port to port has been tested).

    However as you increase the forwarding/addresses table size the lookup do not scale due to the interrupt heavy chipset (Very little offload is available, checksuming mostly).
    The use of MSI-X helps with this issue as it'll multi-queue interrupts against different cpus but does not compare to a chipset designed with routers in mind (Larger/dynamtic buffer, cut-through switching)
     
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    Don't know if anybody else has noticed, but PCEngines released an APU4 now with 4xgigabit ports on the Intel i211 chip.
     
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    Still the same slow AMD APU though. Wish they'd update that...
     
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    Intel NICs and AES me want! Links?
     
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    I'm sure it'll get updated eventually. I am happy with the CPU performance of it still. For a entire board that only uses 8-12W of power it's great.

    I need to get off my ass and re-learn how to setup VLAN's because I'm actually considering getting the newer APU2 just to have an extra LAN port.