Tezos Baking Hardware?


#1

Hi bakers, what are your baking hardware recommendations? I’m in the process of setting up a baker at home and I would love to get to hear everyone’s recommendations.

I saw that maxtez-raspbaker has awesome guides on how to set everything up on a raspberry pi. I really like that. But I want to build a small computer that has 16 GB RAM so that it’s future proof.

Looking forward to your thoughts and recommendations. Thank you very much in advance!


#2

pretty much any mini PC will do the job, just a matter of taste and $$.
-NUC
-Logic Supply CL100
-UDOO BOLT (not yet released)
-etc etc


#3

wow! a reply by maxtez himself! I highly appreciate it. The amount of info you have put out there is amazing. Work for Tezos!
I am looking into the choices you posted.
Do you have a particular external SSD that you would recommend? I figure it would be easier for backup purposes / to quickly replace a drive if I use something external rather than a lot of storage inside of the Mini PC.
Baking is really exciting! I’m even more enthusiastic about it than mining back in the day and that has always been a passion


#4

Yes - I’m using an external SSD for my baking. Never had a single issue with the following ones. They’re super fast and protected against external influences. Hope you like it as much as I do. Happy baking!


#5

I am just a random dude sharing the adventure of running Tezos on RPI3.
External data storage seems a good idea even for nodes running on PC with variable amount of ram, it releases some r/w pressure on the the internal HD. Depending whether your external port is USB 2 or 3, a SSD could be worth the extra cost.
The one posted by @sunbaker looks pretty cool
…and I like the greetings: Happy Baking!


#6

Thank you guys. Happy baking!~


#7

I’ve been using this for a year with no problems. Ive got a 250g SSD card and a 64g micro SD.
UDOO have a new one coming out soon as mentioned above. The UDOO Bolt is state of the art and available soon.
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See Community forum


#8

Cool! Thanks for posting.
And now we have a sunbaker and a moonbaker in the thread!! :kissing_heart:


#9

is a raspberry still OK? will it be enough a year from now? A friend of mine mentioned there are various rbpi style devices available on the market today, do you have something to reccommend? Max what exactly do u use for ur baking? :))) I had a raspberry pi a few years back and I always loved those kinda small computers. I really wanna hack around with hardware again and an rpi seems like the most grassroots feeling I could get
Thanks brother


#10

https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/products/boards-kits/nuc/kits.html?Internal+Drive+Form+Factor=7002 (and any variations).

  • SSD / 500GB
  • Ram 8GB

#11

what are you waiting for, go for it :slight_smile:
Nobody knows what will happen in a year but for now Tezos and RPI3 are working well together. I am rather optimistic for the future though, for various reasons Arthur recognized that data collection (/context folder) needs to be optimized. It is nothing but good news for Tezos nodes on RPI3.
With ~$100 you have a fully fledged RPI3 B or B+ Tezos machine with power supply, internal SD card, keyboard, mouse, sata/usb adapter and external HD. You only need to add the cost of a monitor.

and if you have an old RPI, for example a PI2 B (1GB ram), maybe the cpu is a bit slow but still
worth a test run…

and there are pleny of things that should be explored and improved

  • getting a touch screen for example. I am also intrigued by the idea of having an e-ink display,
    refresh rate is ridiculously slow but who cares once the node is up and running
  • someone on tezos gitlab (issues) is trying to make Alpine linux working with Tezos on RPI3
  • scripts to automatically manage the restart of the node and the daemons are still needed
  • improve the optimization of the kernel parameters and the config.json file.
  • and I like the idea of having micro-delegate services, all is needed is ~2000 xtz and some ingenuity. RPI3 is perfect for the job!

[edit] …I forgot about this excellent wiki on using systemd to restart the node and the daemons:


it should work ‘as is’ with a ledger on RPI3. Without ledger instead one can run the tezos-signer and input the pswd only once at start, then, if needed, restart the node and the baker/endorser daemons without worrying about the pswd anymore.


#12

awesome, thanks. very informative :v:


#13

thanks. one question, are the fans of it loud?


#14

The fans on the Raspberry Pi? It doesn’t need fans, just some heatsinks, which are very quiet!


#15

I believe he replied to @SemElVik who was talking about the Intel NUC


#16

ah you’re right, not used to the format of this forum just yet, didn’t see the reply, apologies!