Gear for hire, March 2018

Update: leased; see you next time!

Pizarro has 1 SuperMicro H8DGU-F 1U for lease (estimated online date of March 15th). Details:

  • 1U
  • 128 GB ECC ram
  • 2x 16-core AMD Opteron 6376 CPU's running at 2.3 GHz
  • 4 bays filled with 1TB of Samsung SSD storage apiece; currently in Raid 5, but this can be changed at customer request

The BTC cost basis for this machine is (including an estimated transportation charge) 0.28814431 BTC, so the rent on this machine will be ~0.04802406 BTC/mo plus the fee for rack space (which, to minimize forex risk, Pizarro bills monthly for, on the order of 0.014 BTC at the time of this writing). For pedantic clarity, machine rental pricing shall follow rack space pricing; double the monthly amortization charge (on a one-year schedule) for the machine.

SuperMicros are a very common server motherboard with what appears to be an extremely deep supply in the used market. In combination with the Opteron 6376 , one can disable the published "Intel Management Engine" analog with a jumper and toggling a bit in the BIOS. Opterons support ECC RAM natively, and this motherboard does as well.

Risks of building a platform of used components include: the possibility that the chosen CPUs skyrocket in price after Pizarro publishes its selections and observers begin hoovering them up to hedge against the "SHTF" hardware drought; that the used motherboards are not reliable enough to survive their amortization period and deliver value after full depreciation.

I'll also look into Mircea Popescu's proposal to socket a pile of AMD FX-8350s into ASRock 970M PRO3 motherboards, emplacing them in a 2U chassis. I suspect the costs of buying this hardware new, the time costs of assembling them will push them into an incompatible regime (Pizarro, after all, is to "follow the recipe" of building an ISP, and so I am leery of anything that smacks of inventing recipes), but this needs hard numbers and I need to understand more about how these motherboards would sit in the chassis before I can opine sensibly.

Potential customers interested in leasing the above-described service are welcome to stop into the #pizarro IRC channel on Freenode and parley. If nobody chooses to lease this box, I'm going to turn it into timeshare hosting.

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