Talos Secure Workstation

Jan 09, 2017

The State of Owner-Controlled Computing as Talos™ Winds Down

As Talos™ winds down and development resources are being allocated to other projects, we explore the state of owner-controlled computing and what the failure to fund Talos™ means in the near future. Read the full update.


Dec 15, 2016

Campaign Extension

Thanks for everyone's support so far! As you may have noticed, the campaign is scheduled to end today. While over $440K has been pledged so far, we are only 12% toward our goal. Nonetheless, we have reasons to be optimistic and have worked with Crowd Supply to extend the campaign another 30 days. Read the full update.


Dec 01, 2016

Talos FPGA Functions and Responsibilities - Part 2

This is the second part of our series detailing the functions and responsibilities handled by the FPGAs on a Talos™ mainboard. In this update, we delve into the unique FlexVer™ trusted computing system used on the Talos™ mainboards. Read the full update.


Nov 27, 2016

Talos FPGA Functions and Responsibilities - Part 1

We have received a large number of inquiries regarding the open-toolchain FPGAs in use on Talos™, and their function within the Talos™ system. In this update, we begin to explore the functions and responsibilities handled by these FPGAs, and the associated technology used to secure the Talos™ systems. Read the full update.


Nov 21, 2016

A Word on Lockdown

Over the life of the Talos™ project, we've received a number of requests for a cheap, blob-free, mass-market board based on consumer devices, including calls to use Intel®, AMD Zen™, or even ARM® CPUs as the core of this new product. Read the full update.


Nov 17, 2016

Virtualization Performance Tests - Round One

In this update we explore the performance of virtualized Linux guests on an OpenPOWER Linux host with QEMU. Several tests are run, and all yield a somewhat surprising result -- virtual machines actually provide a performance boost compared to native execution when the host SMT is set to 1! We suspect this is due to native host scheduling problems, but this also implies that there is considerable untapped potential latent within these OpenPOWER machines. Read the full update.


Nov 11, 2016

New, Lower Pricing

We are pleased to announce a one-time lowering of the price of the Talos™ Secure Workstation and all derivative machines! Owner controlled hardware is extremely important, and we hope this lowering of the retail price will help more people afford a Talos™ system. Read the full update.


Nov 04, 2016

Free Worldwide Shipping!

We're happy to announce free worldwide shipping for all Talos™ pledge levels! Read the full update.


Nov 01, 2016

GPU Passthrough Demo

This video demonstrates effective use of virtual machines with direct GPU access to get the most out of your Talos™ machine. Read the full update.


Oct 25, 2016

Kernel Compilation Showdown

In this update we explore the relative performance of the Talos™ Secure Workstation and one of the most powerful libre-friendly, blob-free x86 machines available. Read the full update.


Oct 24, 2016

Storage Server

We are pleased to announce the newest member of our Talos™ system lineup, the Talos™ Storage Server (TALP8S050)! This pre-assembled 4U rack mount server includes a pre-installed CPU of your choice (purchased separately), 128 GB of DDR3 ECC RAM, LSI SAS controller, and two Western Digital 4 TB SAS drives. Read the full update.


Oct 21, 2016

Memory Benchmarks

In this update we explore the information presented in the memory bandwidth graphs, and explore the performance of POWER in more detail. Read the full update.


Oct 18, 2016

RISC-V and the History of POWER

We get asked a lot about why we aren't using RISC-V for Talos™. This update details our rationale and delves into the long history of POWER over the past several decades. Read the full update.


Oct 16, 2016

First 48 Hours

First, thank you to everyone who has shown support thus far for the Talos™ project, and those who have helped spread the word while patiently waiting for the campaign to launch. Your efforts have helped Talos™ reach this critical phase and we are looking forward to achieving full funding. However, the campaign has just begun, and there is a still long way to go! We have received a significant amount of feedback over the first 48 hours, and have noted several common themes which will be addressed below. Read the full update.

$516,040 raised

of $3,700,000 goal

Funding Unsuccessful

Jan 14

ended

14%

funded

495

pledges

Product Choices

$3,700

Talos™ Mainboard and Accessories

The world's first ATX-compatible, workstation-class mainboard for the new, free-software friendly IBM POWER8 processor. Includes one heatsink and 92 mm fan, one ATX-compatible I/O shield, and a live rescue DVD with factory reset utilities, source code for firmware and FPGA components, mainboard schematics, user manual, and Ubuntu installation media. CPU, RAM, power supply, storage drives, and chassis sold separately.


$7,100

Talos™ Desktop Edition (TALP8D050)

A complete Talos™ workstation with a CPU of your choice, 128 GB of DDR3 ECC RAM, an AMD Radeon RX 480 (8 GB VRAM) GPU, and two Western Digital WD40EFRX 4 TB SATA drives, all installed in a heavy-duty tower chassis. Comes pre-installed with Debian. Select the CPU by purchasing it as a separate item in the same order or under the same account - the CPU will be installed and ready to go before shipping.


$7,600

Talos™ Storage Server (TALP8S050)

A complete Talos™ server with a CPU of your choice, 128 GB of DDR3 ECC RAM, LSI SAS controller, and two Western Digital 4 TB SAS drives, all installed in a heavy-duty 4U rack mount chassis with 24 3.5" hot swap SAS drive bays and redundant 1200 W power supplies! Comes pre-installed with either Debian or CentOS. Select the CPU by purchasing it as a separate item in the same order or under the same account - the CPU will be installed and ready to go before shipping.


$17,600

Complete Talos™ Workstation (TALP8W100)

A complete 12-core Talos™ workstation with 256GB of DDR3 ECC RAM, installed in a customized, heavy-duty chassis with your choice of an AMD® FirePro™ or nVidia® Tesla™ graphics card (see list). Also includes built-in 4TB RAID1 (2x 4TB enterprise SAS disks and LSI SAS controller), plus a pre-installed copy of Debian or CentOS to get you up and running in no time!

Credits

Raptor Computing Systems


Timothy Pearson

Senior Electrical Engineer

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