I’ve asked on this forum before but back then there was no test data yet, maybe there is now.
I see a lot of discussion about farming hardware and most of the configurations I see are based on low powered CPU’s like Atom’s.
What I am wondering about is if those CPU’s will be able to cope with the strain of the encryption routines in the Maidsafe applications.
Example: I have a NAS with 12TB, 8GB RAM and a quad-core Atom, connected to a 200Mbit cable connection but when I use a usenet downloader with SSL enabled I can’t get passed the 90Mbit mark because the CPU will become the bottleneck. Removing SSL from that same connection and I will max out the 200Mbit
Now this process runs just 10 SSL connections to one IP and utilizes OpenSSL on the network stack. I can imagine that Maidsafe opens many more connections and besides encrypting the network traffic needs a lot of local encryption and hashing done, for instance on the filesystem.
So my question is how the CPU will impact your ranking and your payout because I think introducing a lot of disks and RAM won’t help that much if you do not have the CPU to power the encryption routines, your bandwidth and latency will become a huge problem right?
Maybe someone has some test data to share on this?