Preliminary Specifications Revised For The Talos Secure Workstation

Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware on 14 February 2016 at 08:37 AM EST. 38 Comments
For those interested in the Talos Workstation libre system, the preliminary specifications have been revised.

Raptor Engineering put out the specifications to this web page over the weekend.
Preliminary Talos Specifications

8, 10, and 12 core variants available (190W TDP)
8 and 10 core variants also available in 130W TDP versions
Hardware virtualization (HVM, qemu supported)
Vector Multimedia eXtension (VMX)
Vector Scalar eXtension (VSX)
AES acceleration for VMX / VSX
8 DDR3 RDIMM slots w/ ECC support (2 memory controllers, 256GB maximum)
2 x16 Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface (CAPI) capable PCIe slots (8 shared lanes)
4 x8 PCIe slots
1 x1 internal mPCIe slot
1 legacy PCI slot
8 internal SATA 6Gbps ports
2 external eSATA 6Gbps ports
1 HDMI port
8x USB 3.0
2 GbE ports
2 external RS232 ports
2 internal RS232 ports
1 internal GPIO header
1 heatsink with 80mm fan
Open-toolchain FPGAs
Blob-free operation
Fully open-source IBM OPAL primary firmware w/ PetitBoot interface
Fully open-source OpenBMC secondary (IPMI / OoBM) firmware
NO signing keys preventing firmware modification
...and much, much more!

Supported Operating Systems

Little Endian Mode
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2 or higher
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 or higher
CentOS 7 or higher
Debian 8.0 ("Jessie") or higher
Ubuntu 14.04.3 ("Trusty") or higher
Gentoo (planned, build in process)
Trisquel (planned, build in process)

The price has also been lowered slightly down to $3,000 USD.
POWER8 Debian Testing Talos Workstation

I've been given access to a prototype system over the weekend for benchmarking. If you want more performance data or to compare your own system's performance, see this new result file for some fresh benchmark results with Debian Testing.
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