What characteristics will be important to build the best farming rig?
The most important factor is obviously a large amount of storage. Can a vault span multiple drives, or will we need to run a RAID type setup?
How will drive failures affect the network. At what point does the cost of redundancy outweigh the hit from dropping data off the network?
If you have 3 disks, I expect you don’t want to cut your space by a third to gain single drive failure recovery. What about if you have 100 drives? Would spending one percent of your space for failure resistance be useful?
What will be the procedure for drive upgrades. Is there a process to nicely decommission storage and informing the network that the data must be moved, or do we just dump the data and let the network figure it out on it’s own?
Uptime is important. Will hot-swapable drives be useful?
Power consumption is obviously an important factor as well.
I assume CPU performance will not be important and GPU even less so. A mobile Haswell processor may be a good choice. It’s dynamic power conservation should use the lest amount of power for whatever processing load is required.
From what I understand, the speed at which you return a GET response will affect your performance as a farmer.
As a result, will RAM be important?
Can SAFE make good use of available RAM in order to cache popular chunks?
Will it make use of tiered storage configurations? RAM (or RAM disk) for very popular chunks, SSD drives for common chunks, and spindles for bulk storage.