Rock64 Popcorn Hour — the Rolls Royce of the IRI nodes

A couple of weeks ago I stabilized my Rock64 device to run a full Iota node. One of my followers on the project was TL Lim, co-founder of Pine64, the developers of Rock64. He was very excited about the project and helped me out with the final stability issues. He was also very nice to send me some eMMC modules to try out.

I was very surprised and honoured when I received another email from TL Lim asking me if I would be interested in trying out the Popcorn Hour Transformer version of the Rock64. This device was specifically designed to run as a small media computer, capable of running a server, media player, or retro games.

Hardware

The Popcorn Hour Transformer is very similar to the Rock64 device. Its heart is in fact a customized version of it. The biggest difference is the lack of a USB 3.0 port. This has been swapped for a SATA connection, so that you can directly mount an HDD or SSD disc to it.

Furthermore, the entire layout has been customized to perfectly fit its casing. The USB and ethernet ports have been moved to the back of the device. The Bus has been removed and a SATA connection was mounted to the front that makes you able to fit a 2.5 Inch HDD or SSD.

The inside of the Popcorn Hour device

The Looks

The device comes with an aluminium casing. It looks very slick. Multiple devices can be mounted in a server rack if you prefer. Because of the fact that all the cables are on the backside of the device, you don’t see a messy cable construction.

Popcorn Hour and IRI

The aluminium casing worried me a bit at first because it has a possibility of overheating the device easily. But after trying it out this turned out to be false. The casing has passive cooling fins preventing it from getting too hot. It is possible to buy a USB fan for extra cooling, but without it it also runs fine.

I installed IRI just like I do with all my other nodes. This means I use dockerfiles to create docker processes to run IRI, Nelson and carrIOTA field separately. It didn’t take me longer than installing a usual node and it runs like a charm.

My rig has an SSD disc attached to it. In theory, this can also be an HDD, but because of the many read- and writing operations I prefer an SSD for durability. The SATA connection of the Popcorn Hour Transformer is not the fastest out there, and is originally designed for an HDD, but for IRI that is fine.

Order your device now!

The Popcorn Hour Transformer devices with pre-installed IRI software and configuration scripts is now available at https://www.Rock64Iota.com

Order your own version now!

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