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ARM port of FreeNAS planned??

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Do you think FreeNAS should have an ARM64 port

  • YES

    Votes: 13 40.6%
  • NO

    Votes: 19 59.4%

  • Total voters
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jgreco

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Yeah. The important part to note there is where you can reach a solid conclusion that something isn't possible today and also won't be possible in the future. In some cases, it might be worth taking a look at potentially feasible technologies that are "way out" there and pouring money into them in the hopes that they mature. I think that's a better example of where ARM is at the moment, because it's theoretically feasible to make something better than what Intel offers, but that the world isn't quite ready for.

Some of us spent a lot of money on early SMP gear where the early naive kernel and software designs weren't able to take good advantage of the parallelism offered by two CPU's, so adding a second CPU maybe only got you to 1.5-1.6x the speed of a single CPU. Or the Opteron with its (at the time) unique architecture. A lot of these plays have since been shown to be the correct way to go, but even today we have software that isn't capable of taking advantage of the parallelism in multiple CPU cores.
 

necrose99

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Freenas Arm64 Mini Server : Ingredients

https://www.pine64.org/?page_id=61454 4 gig Rockpro64...

https://www.pine64.org/?product=rockpro64-metal-desktopnas-casing

meh hold just a few SATA drives but could hold more....

https://www.pine64.org/?product=rockpro64-pci-e-x4-to-m-2ngff-nvme-ssd-interface-card m.2

http://www.raspbsd.org/pine64.html BSD

https://www.pine64.org/?product=rockpro64-pci-e-to-dual-sata-ii-interface-card
reg sata...

https://www.amazon.com/ODROID-128GB-eMMC-Module-Linux/dp/B07B8QTKRX , good enough for RootFS and a few dev jils.

https://www.pine64.org/?product=rock64-5v-3a-international-power-supply-with-au-eu-uk-us-plug
power supply for sbc.

https://www.amazon.com/Eyeboot-4-Pi...coding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=2M10FTSEWMFMKYZ5RAMQ

a possible replacement Power Supply , adapter , feed SBC power.. via a pc style power supply...

https://www.amazon.com/Ableconn-PEXM2-2SA-SSD-HDD-Controller-Express/dp/B01N79SI9Q m.2 + SATA , 1 or 2 , 1-2 TB m.2 SSD's
and a few 6-10 TB monster drives and a
maker case ie clear plexiglass. which you'll have to make...
2-300 What PC power supply... power SBC via Adapter , and power up drives.. if the kernel will work it along with pc power supply
one can add a number of lower power drive options , esp for lite use ... on desk or media server purposes.. wife/kids... etc..

https://github.com/freenas/build

USB to EEMC adapter also Handy on AMAZON... for wrting the images.

https://etcher.io/ (no need to even tar -xvf the dd images...)

I have Need as is , for A few Rockpro64's as I'm porting some Gentoo / Pentoo Linux to Rock64 IOT , you know for pentesting...
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/4u9gbhps0ek402e/AAC5VLBE32cwH2gGjkj0Yz9sa?dl=0 Gentoo Linux pkg's for arm64..
 
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Ericloewe

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4 GB of RAM is slowly getting to useful territory for FreeNAS, but the whole ARM ecosystem is a disaster - which is saying a lot, since the PC space is screwed-up in its own right, but at least everyone figured out how to enumerate all devices with a generic OS over two decades ago.
 

jgreco

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4 GB of RAM is slowly getting to useful territory for FreeNAS, but the whole ARM ecosystem is a disaster - which is saying a lot, since the PC space is screwed-up in its own right, but at least everyone figured out how to enumerate all devices with a generic OS over two decades ago.
It'd be quite a bit more interesting or useful at 16GB with a non-Realtek ethernet (preferably a pair) and a bunch of decent SATA. It would start to look a lot like the low end NAS boards you find in your QNAP or Synology units.
 
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