So I know I haven’t a big contributor until now but as I stated in the beginning, I try to restrain myself and talk only if I have something new to add or to ask.
And I’m really not a pitcher. So if somebody can help me about that along the way, I would be really ecstatic about it.
Maybe first how the idea have emerge in my mind. I’m an among other things an IT guy. As a lot of IT guys, and especially in #infosec community, we love to have our hands on our hardware. Like the servers for example or routers and things like that. We don’t like too much the datacenter and cloud concept. Only to a certain level.
More and more than I read about the DD project or the egpu case ideas or even the phone idea, the more and more one idea in particular is emerging in my mind. People wants to have more processing power. It goes from how to tweak the V about his cpu, how to run real application or real OS on a hypothetical phone, how to add graphical processing power to the V,…
And of course, all those ideas are great, but all together we are just talking about improving with addendum the V in a way.
What if, we could launch a new big project like the V is? To really expand its possibilities ?
We could have for the same amount of money or even a bit less than the highest configurations of the V, a rackmount server which could extend without limits the V capabilities because every major processing problem would be handle by it.
I know about the money problem because I’m building from time to time some on my free time. And since the @Team have managed to do some R&D on the tablet about the cooling, I’m sure that we can optimise a lot of things in this area.
So the idea is to have, like the V, a computer which would be preferably not a desktop, which would be as the V composed with components that we can find on the market and not specifically designed for our item, no bloatware, really simple. More efficient in its way and upgradable. Plus we would have develop an open source software to really interact and do what’s continuum is supposed to do but for real this time.
It would need to be not bigger than the network rackmount cabinet format because it should not be as big as a big gaming desktop that you can see in all those YouTube channel like jayz2cents or Linus tech tips and really not as big as the dell servers or the 4U servers that I build.
So it should be smaller and a network case is really not that big, easy to upgrade to some point, energy efficient, remotely manageable and capable of using graphic cards.
We can discussed about the form of this item of course, the rackmount idea is just a bit of « cliche » that we all use in IT when we want an centralized solution.
The advantage from the eve-tech point of view:
- it is still a computer of some sort
- it is independent so the buyers don’t need to buy the V with it, we can imagine that to an aid for other tablets, phones, computers, laptops, even servers.
- the R&D used on the V could be used on the casing for that.
- it’s in the new branch of gaming in datacenter like shadowpc this French company where you can play remotely for 30 euros/months.
- it’s a new challenge to show the world that the « server » market can have also new ideas.
Of course I know some of you will tell me that’s a niche. But a tablet like what I bought from V at +1800 euros with accessories is also a niche. And a lot of possibilities and new product could come from this « aid ». Actually a lot of problems that we see about the different projects could be reset by that.
The DD or egpu box … it has been repeatedly stated that it should stay on the desk. So the thing won’t move, which could totally be at the same place then this « aid ». And in the end, a lot of people would want this egpu slot to have extra processing power. This aid could easily help for that.
You want more processing power ? No problem, send the image you want to filter to the aid or the movie clip and you have in real time the process going through with the specialized open source app.
You want more processing power to game a triple AAA ont our external monitor? No problem the aid can do that like the steam box or other box do that already but are specifically design for that.
The phone project… you want to launch your code editing software and compile some new lines for your soft ? No prob you do that though the app from the aid.
You want to play a demanding video game but on your phone which support touch like civilization or something else ? No problem too
You want to edit your movie clip by switching two scenes or add some filters, you can do that too.
Well you get the idea.
I guess it won’t be a popular idea but I think it could really revolutionize the world of grid computing and decetrenlized processing if we can find some great ideas about the box, what to put inside and that it could be used with any devices or a lot of them at least and not be closed source.
The idea is to have a bigger box than the steam box or the Zotac box, something you could but in a cabinet, to have some gpu processing, cpu processing and efficiency in cooling and a system to remotely access it through secure channel.
If steam have done it for a far more specialized concept I’m sure we can find a way to make a modular box with news ideas on how to assemble pieces.
Maybe we would need some R&D like if we would like multi cpu and not using Xeon, try to find a way to make two cpu co exist together. But it could be a great project in my mind… and alain i know I m not a great pitcher.
Let me know what you think.