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Talos™ is a state-of-the-art mainboard designed for the new IBM POWER8 architecture. It is the first and only high performance computer with absolutely no proprietary software or firmware blobs. With its ATX form factor, Talos™ brings a level of performance to the workstation realm usually found in dedicated servers and a level of freedom and user control long extinct in modern hardware. In addition to its onboard, open-toolchain FPGAs, Talos™ easily and tightly interfaces with GPUs, FPGAs, and custom hardware.

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Overview

Performance

Talos™ competes with the highest-end mainstream (e.g., x86) computers available - Intel Xeon E5 and even E7 machines. Whether it’s AAA games, intensive CAD and modeling software, or machine learning algorithms for crunching huge datasets, Talos™ is well-equipped to handle the workload:

  • Up to 256 GB RAM
  • Up to 96 logical cores
  • Multiple PCIe, USB, and other interfaces
  • Onboard FPGAs

Security

Talos’™ fully open firmware means there are absolutely no inscrutable binary blobs where bugs, backdoors, and vulnerabilities can hide. If you deal with sensitive information or you care about the safety of your intellectual property, Talos™ will dramatically reduce the risk of intrusion and theft with features like:

  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM) that verifies all firmware before boot
  • No Intel Management Engine or equivalent
  • Auditable schematics, firmware, and software
  • 100% self-hosting, no need for external tools or compilers

Control

Say goodbye to the days of not being able to configure your system to your needs because of inaccessible firmware, schematics, or toolchains. With Talos™, you own the machine and can modify it to your heart’s content:

  • No signing keys preventing firmware modification
  • Openly licensed firmware and software (Apache 2.0, GPL 2.0, GPL 3.0)
  • Open toolchains for the onboard FPGAs allow for tuning of power sequencing, IRQ routing, and more

Extensibility

You can extend Talos’™ capabilities with hardware accelerators (e.g., FPGAs and GPUs) and with custom peripherals, using a wide array of interfaces:

  • GPIO header
  • Seven PCIe slots
  • Eight USB 3.0 ports

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High-level overview of Talos™ mainboard components  
A. 1 x PCI slot G. 8 x DDR3 ECC DIMM slots
B. GPIO header H. 6 x PCI Express slots
C. mPCIe slot I. AST2400 BMC with HDMI video
D. 8 x 6 Gbps internal SATA J. Integrated I/O
E. 2-port USB 3.0 header K. 1x socketed POWER8 SCM
F. 2 x internal USB 3.0  

 

https://www.crowdsupply.com/raptor-computing-systems/talos-secure-workstation

 

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