Sarah Morton, BC Crypto Hosting: Worried About Power? Wait For the Next Iteration of AntMiner S9s
by Josh Anderson
VANCOUVER, BC – When people talk about the intersection of Blockchain and the data center world, it’s good to take a long view to this intersection. So CapRE’s Inaugural Vancouver Data Center Summit featured a panel titled “Blockchain, Cryptocurrency and Bitcoin: What are They and How Do They Impact Data Center Design, Construction & Development?” Naturally, the conversation kicked off by getting right to the point.
“I have some general questions here about what miners do and how they make money. What’s the potential different users of data center space, as well,” began Brian Klebash, Founder and CEO of CapRE, who kicked off the discussion with a talking point. “But I’d like to start with this. What do Blockchain and crypto-currency mean for future data center, specifically data center design and construction?”
Scott Larson, CEO at Helios Wire offered an enthusiastic response. “As far as talking about Blockchain, some kind of distributed ledger is going to impact every industry, and data centers will be among those,” he began. “As Sarah Morton, BC Crypto Hosting. mentioned, specifically for data centers, it’s not going to be on mining or crypto-currency or Bitcoin or what have you. It’ll be more on data processing and how to do business.”
“My last company was in the cannabis space, and we were generating gigabytes of data every single day. And we had to process that and develop applications based on that size of data, and ultimately mash those different data sets of data to try to predict the future,” shared Larson. “And that’s essentially what big data allows you to do, and bringing IoT to it. so instead of just data collection, it’s data processing.”
Larson then shared one last tidbit. “Another aspect of course is that…one of the big topics right now, is how to use Blockchain for energy purposes. And perhaps not in Tier I data centers, but if you’re using distributed energy grids, and you need to be able to spread energy across different loads, then…for people who do mining…sooner or later, it’s going to impact some of the larger data centers,” he concluded.
At that point, a member of the audience raised their hand to query the panel about an in-depth topic. “Is there something of a race on to adjust the programming methods that Blockchain uses to reduce the energy consumption on servers?” the attendee asked. “I mean, if everything in the world was Bitcoin, you’d consume all of the energy resources that exists.”
Sarah Morton, BC Crypto Hosting took the reins on that question. “So if you take Bitcoin alone as a Blockchain application, several of the top vendors have announced the next generation of miners,” she replied. “So right now, the popular ones are the AntMiner S9, it’s 1500 watt power supply. The new AntMiners will use double the power consumption but have 10 times the processing capacity. So the next iteration is going to be able to do significantly increase their processing.”
“And I think you’ll continue to see that everyone how is involved in designing it wants to see an efficiency there,” Morton predicted. “Because it’s just not sustainable at this rate. We run out of power normally. You can’t produce enough. So you’ll see efficiencies driving hardware that continues to make it more efficient. And data centers of the future will need to be more modular and adaptable. Because where we are seeing ten-year to fifteen-year refreshes now, we are going to see eighteen-month, twenty four-month, maybe even thirty six-month refreshes.
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