TMSR North Ameristan Rack Prospectus: Initial Draft.


Edit (27 Oct 2019) : This document is supplanted by the second draft of the prospectus.

I have provisioned a machine colocation rack for the exclusive use of The Most Serene Republic, as represented by the WoT L1 and L2. If you, reader, are not in this roster, you may safely skip this article.


By explicit request of the prospective inhabitants of this rack, I have written down a properly-scientific breakdown of all pertinent costs. What follows is by no means a final document: it is subject to criticism and revision, and no one will be invoiced until (there is currently one test pilot user -- thank you, Diana Coman!) it is declared battlefield-ready.

Baseline Operating Cost:

Let's begin with the baseline cost of operation. From the upstream vendor, currently I have a service package consisting of a 22U cabinet, permitted to draw up to 1200 Watt of mains current. This is bought at a monthly rate of 295 $ (here and below in U.S. $).

Installation and Maintenance:

Subscribers will receive service of physical plant with my own hands. It is located within 20 minutes (by auto) of my place of residence. The cost of installation and regular maintenance are to be considered as covered by the operational margin (see further below.)

Risks and Defense:

Subscribers are to know that this rack lives in the heart of the reich. This location comes with well-known risks, and therefore all service shall be priced aggressively, to make for a positive ROI. As previously discussed, a smart net user ought to locate mirrors of his site in multiple jurisdictions.

In the event of serious and irrecoverable problems with the current upstream service provider, I reserve the right to move all irons to a similarly-priced alternative machine park. (The search for usable alternatives -- shall continue.)

Internet Connectivity:

IP Addresses are leased from the carrier in traditional "slash" parcels, rather than individually: e.g. currently we have a /29 for a monthly charge of 25 $; a /28 will cost 50 $, and so forth.

Three IPs at all times are occupied by "gateway", my rationing/filtration switch, and "broadcast", leaving 5 presently available to subscribers (one is already spoken for by the test pilot, Diana Coman). The IP block is expandable on several hours' notice. (In the future, I would like to actually purchase a block of IPs but presently budget does not permit this.)

For simplicity, the cost of IPs for subscribers will be billed as 3.15 $ per IP requested. Every subscriber must lease at least one IP.

Initially subscribers will share the current 100Mb/s pipe. However, provisions for rationing are in place, and arrangements can be made to purchase a dedicated portion of this pipe. I reserve the right to ask "bandwidth hogs", if such appear, to request a dedicated portion. It shall be priced exactly as physical space and energy are priced below -- i.e. in direct proportion to the percent of the total capacity reserved by the subscriber.

I expect to upgrade the installation to a 1Gb/s pipe and 42U tower when the revenue permits this upgrade.

Operational Overhead:

A monthly overhead budget of 50 $ will be included in the operating cost. This will cover "small change" expenses (e.g. petrol for my visits to the site; cabling; periodic replacements of fans; and similar.)

The total monthly operational expense, Te not including IPs, is thereby 345 $.

Physical Space and Energy:

Pricing is to be made as simple as possible: a subscriber will be charged a baseline colo cost C, consisting of the maximum of the quantities below :

  1. Ps (% of Available Physical Space Occupied) × Te
  2. Pw (% of Available Wattage Consumed) × Te
  3. (OPTIONAL) Pb (% of Net Pipe Bandwidth Reserved for Exclusive Use) × Te


Note: no one has yet expressed interest in dedicated pipe apportionments, and so III will be omitted from the discussion further below.

First it is necessary to describe Ps and Pw. For this, the reader must be made familiar with the current physical plan of the rack:

Slot # Contents Watt Reserv.
1 Ethernet Patch Panel (Upstream Connection) 0
2 Shelf ("racked non-rackables" on-request; spares) 0
3 Switch (Primary) 10
4 Switch (Secondary) 10
5 Reserved for 48-RK Plant 10 (Wattage of Sub-Switch)
6 Reserved for 48-RK Plant 10 (Wattage of Sub-Switch)
7 1U Reserved General-Purpose 250
8 Available to Subscribers
9 Available to Subscribers
10 Available to Subscribers
11 Available to Subscribers
12 Available to Subscribers
13 Available to Subscribers
14 Available to Subscribers
15 Available to Subscribers
16 Available to Subscribers
17 Available to Subscribers
18 Available to Subscribers
19 Available to Subscribers
20 Available to Subscribers
21 Available to Subscribers
22 Mains Supply Distributor Unit 0

Ergo, there are currently: 22 - 8 == 14 U of physical space and 1200 - 290 == 910 Watt of mains current made available to subscribers.

And so it follows that, for any subscriber:

Ps (% of Available Physical Space Occupied) = U-Height of Your Machine / 14

... e.g. for a 1U server, Ps ~= 0.07143; for a 2U: ~0.1429, and so forth.

And very similarly for energy consumption:

Pw (% of Available Wattage Consumed) = Watts Drawn by Your Machine / 910

... e.g., for a 100 Watt server, Pw ~= 0.1099; for a Rockchip device, which draws a maximum of 5 Watt, will be 0.0054945.


(Note: for the purpose of pricing, a Rockchip is considered to occupy "no physical space", as there is a fixation apparatus of apriori-known size reserved for 48 such devices: represented as rows 5 and 6 of the rack illustration.)

The subscriber's colo cost C will consist of the greater of Ps and Pw, multiplied by Te. This represents the cost of the proportion of upstream-supplied resources used by the subscriber.

This pricing scheme ensures that a fully-occupied -- whether space or energy-wise -- rack, is properly paid for, and that each subscriber is billed in direct proportion to resource utilization.

The subscriber's monthly subtotal S will consist of C + L (the cost of any leased iron, detailed further below). The subscriber's final monthly cost T will equal S + (Margin × S).

Before discussing worked examples of the price scheme, let's cover the iron lease cost. The monthly cost L for the lease of a particular machine will consist of:

L == Value of Machine / A (where A is the number of months over which said value is to be amortized, presently set at 36.)

This will permit a once-per-3-years physical replacement of any particular machine, or the purchase of replacement components, as circumstances demand.

So, for example, a "Dulap"-type (32-core Opteron, 256GB RAM), not inclusive of disks, is to be valued at 1000 $, and therefore shall lease for a L of:

L == 1000 / 36 ~= 27.78 $ / month.

A Rockchip (henceforth valued at 100 $) (inclusive of heatsink, cabling, fixator, and 128GB SSD) will lease for 2.78 $ / month.

As given earlier, L is charged in addition to the colocation occupancy charge C. For customer-owned iron, naturally, L == 0.


(Note: any disks that a machine-lease subscriber does not wish to be erased and given to other customers upon the expiration of said lease, must be purchased prior to starting service. Purchase price shall be the actual market cost of said disks, incremented by the Margin. The same will apply to all irons which are purchased by subscriber request where their ownership is to be transferred to the subscriber.)

The total cost to a subscriber will consist of the colo cost C, plus the cost of requested IPs, plus the cost of any leased irons, and finally plus the margin (presently set at 15 %). All of these quantities will be detailed below, and examples supplied.

Price Examples:

Leased Iron Value L U Height Avg. Wattage IP Count Ps Pw IP Cost C (Colo Cost) Lease Cost L S (Subtotal) T (Total)
100 0 5 1 0 0.0055 3.15 1.8956 2.7778 7.8234 8.9969
1000 1 250 1 0.0714 0.2747 3.15 94.7802 27.7778 125.7080 144.5642
0 1 250 1 0.0714 0.2747 3.15 94.7802 0 97.9302 112.6198

The above examples represent Leased Rockchip, Leased 'Dulap', and Colocated 'Dulap' respectively.

Mechanized Price Estimator:

An automatic estimate calculator is available for prospective subscribers.
(Warning: requires Javascript)

Billing:

All billing shall be carried out in BTC (at the TMSR Auction rate, if such auction held within past month of billing; or otherwise an average of major heathen market rates, to be determined), and paid via Deedbot.

Users may subscribe in quarterly or yearly parcels, to lock in price; the discount for either option shall be 5 % (of the total T.)



Everything on this page is subject to revision after criticism by L1
(and in particular Mircea Popescu -- my teacher and at the same time the heaviest prospective industrial customer.)

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2 Responses to “TMSR North Ameristan Rack Prospectus: Initial Draft.”

  • (Editor's note: MP wrote in via #t):

    Hey, beautiful typography, check out your Te's and shit!

    For simplicity, the cost of IPs for subscribers will be billed as 3.15 $ per IP requested. Every subscriber must lease at least one IP.

    IPs are not exactly fungible, in the sense that if an IP is dirtied (by being listed in w/e databases of pompously self-important pantsuit morons), the cost of cleaning comes in quarters of downtime, usually 1 to 4.

    So perhaps add a "Releasing IPs for any other reason besides closing down the associated machine incurs a $50 cost, per IP. Do not abuse my IP space." or similar.

    (Note: for the purpose of pricing, a Rockchip is considered to occupy “no physical space”, as there is a fixation apparatus of apriori-known size reserved for 48 such devices: represented as rows 5 and 6 of the rack illustration.)

    So then what, you don't know how to do math anymore ? A rockchip is considered to occupy 1/48 U.

    Also wtf is with the Microsoft quotes ?! Down with %E2%80%9C ; %22 4 ever.

    So, for example, a “Dulap”-type (32-core Opteron, 256GB RAM), not inclusive of disks, is to be valued at 1000 $, and therefore shall lease for a L of:

    Still no. The orig line read :

    mp_en_viaje: a car will take 4 wheels 10 bucks each + 1 chasis 80 bux + 9 windows 2.20 + 1 engine 115 and our margin 20% comes to (4*10+1*80+9 *2.20+1*115)*1.2 = 305.76

    Thus therefore :

    32-core Opteron ($55 on amazon), on MP's motorcycle board ($1337 coolbux), with 256GB RAM (Corsair so and so, $175 wharever) comes to $x.

    Do your fucking work properly, especially where it matters ; and throughout. Your things are made of parts, list the parts, the mfg, the price, then add up.

    any disks that a machine-lease subscriber does not wish to be erased and given to other customers upon the expiration of said lease, must be purchased prior to starting service

    Why prior ? Let them purchase at any fucking time they feel like, even at time of decomissioning, why not.

    The total cost to a subscriber will consist of the colo cost C, plus the cost of requested IPs, plus the cost of any leased irons

    Don't say this at this juncture, it reads way too fucking scammy to be adding new things underhanded like that, wth's wrong with you!

    Make it prope, first class part of cost, Cip or w/e above,

    The subscriber’s monthly subtotal S will consist of C + Cip (the cost of leased IPs) + L (the cost of any leased iron, detailed further below). The subscriber’s final monthly cost T will equal S * (1 + Margin).

    (presently set at 15 %)

    That's ludicrous ; most ISPs charge 100% as a baseline, (and often enough 300% without even bothering to report it). Make it 50%-ish, prolly 45% looks the most elegant and satisfies Bata pricing criteria.

    Also, revisiting

    A (where A is the number of months over which said value is to be amortized, presently set at 36.)

    I propose it'd be wise to take BB;s input, and set the A to 12 for rockchips, 36 for standard rackables.

    Also add a line saying that "Any user's first Rockchip can be had for the fixed rate of $8.9969" (as I do believe your mathprocess RNG-emulator stumbled you through happily fortuitous coincidence upon actually human-valuable numerics, in an interesting effect of von Neuman sinhood) "; new users may also opt for a free one year shared presence with free domain name as per republican magnamity. The cost differential is financed by the operator's margin."

    This'll be excellent hookers for your operation I expect. Unless you suck, of course, but otherwise they seem eminently vandable. All it takes is selling.

    • Stanislav says:

      Dear Mircea Popescu,

      One nitpick:

      >... Your things are made of parts, list the parts, the mfg, the price, then add up

      This definitely applies to e.g. the "100 $ RK".

      The "Dulap" however is a classic "Supermicro" box, and typically I buy'em whole but for disks and RAM -- they are not assembled from arbitrary steel chassis, arbitrary PS, mobo, etc as konsoomer iron typically is.

      Like most traditional commercial 1U servers, the mobo/chassis/PS of these are built to tightly fit one another. They can often be purchased separately from iron dealers, but to assemble the machine that way will easily double the cost and quintuple the required time, it is rather like the proposition of assembling a 2003 BMW from a spare-parts catalogue.

      I'll post the most granular breakdown for these (RAM, disk carriages, shipping) as found on my actual expense sheets, rather than rounding to 1000.

      Everything else -- quite good points, and will go into second draft directly.

      Yours,
      -S

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