Introducing the z10 pi
In honor of pi day, allow me to present the z10 pi.
The SHARE Linux & VM Program holds an end-of-week closing session on the final day of each SHARE conference. The primary goal is to offer attendees who are interested in z/VM and Linux on System z an opportunity to maximize the value of their time at SHARE.
If you didn’t get answers to your questions during your week at SHARE, you’ve still got a room full of subject matter experts.
The Q&A session includes a quiz based on LVM Program session content presented during the week. The reward for correct answers is an opportunity for fame (or at least, peer recognition) and fortune (or at least, a chance to draw an item from an assortment of valuable prizes). The miniature z10 BC in the photos is a promotional item issued around the launch of the z10 BC in late ’08. I happened to get lucky early on in the closing session quiz at the spring ’09 SHARE, which is how this one fell into my hands. Its intended purpose is to serve as a desktop pen / pencil / clutter holder.
Turns out that it’s also *exactly* the right width to hold a Raspberry Pi board, mounted on the back half of a clear plastic enclosure. The board is lifted up a little bit from it’s maximum seating depth just to make the LEDs and I/O ports visible.
I haven’t yet been willing to fire up the Dremel tool to mill out holes for access to the HDMI port or concealment of the USB power feed. The micro SD to full-size SD card adapter is propped against the bottom right of the enclosure as a scale reference.
While it doesn’t have quite the horsepower of a single-CP z10 BC, the “z10 pi” definitely wins in terms of physical footprint and power consumption – and both machines run Linux. The z10 pi has a handy place to plug in a USB WiFi adapter, which dramatically simplifies network connectivity versus the z10 BC. The third image shows an SSH terminal session between my laptop and the “z10 pi”.
These single-board systems are a great way to get acquainted with this increasingly popular “Internet of Things” platform!