The Jenkins multi-architecture CPU instance
What is that contraption?
Nope, it’s not a robot of some sort, it won’t move by itself. It’s not Cerebro from Professor Xavier; no, it can’t fly either. What you’re looking at is a Jenkins “cluster” or “instance”. It is composed of a controller (the “brain” or conductor) and three agents (the workers or musicians if we continue a little further with the metaphor).
During FOSDEM, we displayed the
aarch64 Jenkins controller dashboard on an another computer screen using the same Wi-Fi network.
This Jenkins instance was featured in the Hackaday blog post about FOSDEM.
The latest board just next to the
RISC-V board with a slightly different shade of pink is an
aarch64 board also from MangoPi.
Don’t try to fool me, there are no cables between the boards!
The boards all have Wi-Fi, and they are all connected to the same Wi-Fi network, provided by a router or my phone, depending on the location.
You can spot their small Wi-Fi antennas hanging in the first pic, except for the router which has no integrated Wi-Fi (it uses a USB Wi-Fi dongle you can see in the pic).
One day, the R5S controller will also be a router for miniJen, but for now, it’s just a Jenkins controller.
How come the controller can contact and control the agents? We’re not using IP addresses, but hostnames ending in
.local, thanks to the Avahi daemon.
What is that big box with cables?
3D printed parts
The frame looks strange, I know. I wanted to use a torus because it’s a cool-looking shape, and tentacles because it’s even more cool-looking than a torus.
It has been designed thanks to openSCAD, an … open-source computer-aided design tool & language (yes, there is such a thing as 3D Design as code), and printed at home on a printer running an open-source firmware, Marlin.
Genesis and near future
I have made a few live streams during the build of miniJen, and should do some more for the upcoming modifications. I also have a few videos on the same channel about Jenkins and other boards, so don’t hesitate to have a look.