Wednesday, 5 November 2014

New NVIDIA Jetson-TK1 Cluster

We recently finished setting up a new cluster, but this time we wanted to go for maximum processing power compared to our existing Wandboard Cluster! We opted for the new NVIDIA Jetson-TK1 development boards which hosts the NVIDIA Tegra K1 System on Chip...

The Tegra K1 is a beast: it has a quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 CPU which runs at up to 2.3 GHz with a fifth low power core which is also a Cortex-A15 except it's clock is limited to a few hundred MHz. There is also a 192 core CUDA (Kepler) GPU on the SoC which, according to the spec sheets, can attain about 350 GFLOPS of performance. Preliminary benchmarks of the CPU indicate that High Performance Linpack scores over 20 GFLOPS in single precision! 

We have built a cluster with 11 boards, which equates to 44 ARM Cortex-A15 cores (~220 GFLOPS), 22 GB RAM, Gigabit Ethernet and around 3850 GFLOPS worth of GPGPU processing power! The entire cluster should consume less than 200 W of electricity under load.

We have started running benchmarks on the cluster and will report the results soon...


  1. hi Mitch, i think develop one portable cluster, for one little project in mind, i want know little about of your configurations or your results, for know mor about of this plataform.

    Lot of thanks, malliwi88@gmail.con

  2. Hi! I'm currently developing a Jetson TK1 cluster too! Could you be so kind as to tell me which benchmarks did you use to measure the performance of the boards? Were you able to run CUDA-HPL on these? I'm having trouble getting it to run. Thanks!