This question about the economy of technological solution, there 800 of such on wb
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it turns out that it is seemingly possible to obtain a full stack of technologies for the chips from the 75-80's for a moderate amount of money. So Mr.X from the q decides that his shady moon deals may hit a golden opportunity and using that knowledge how to restore production, he may produce many many pieces of equipment for the production of many many processors like Motorola 68000 (specs: 8MHz, 1.5 Watt, 16/32bit, 16MB address space)
Sure it also needs RAM, SSD's, surface mounted components, and other dongles so as additional R&D to fit the purpose - resulting in a unit with a 20W power consumption total.
Just vaguely multiplying numbers, to be able to get to some modern metric, to make a comparison performance of that unit is around 100'000 FLOPS, which is somewhat 1/1000'000 of a modern CPU performance.
- really one can appreciate how much things have changed in 50 years, a minute of appreciation here
So a grand plan is
A many many production nodes on the moon produce and launch many many calculating nodes in space, Lagrange points, or as a ring around the planet.
- Best kerbals work on orbital and launch mechanics, so there is absolutely no problems here, nothing, I repeat, nothing can go wrong - it all stable and sound, orbiting and being where all that should be.
The ring size is 40'000km in diameter, and a big hole in it of a diameter of 20'000km for the light to the planet to go through, placed in a Lagrange point with 10-second delay.
Data goes in and out thanks to his buddy Elon Tusk's satellite network.
System performance is around 1'922'654 PetaFLOPs, strong and steady, (which translates to 19e15 calculating nodes).
Clearly, it is not your general computer, but it is relatively good at crunching numbers in parallel fashion, somewhat similar like GPU's do their things, so rendering CGI videos may be possible if one writes proper software and SDK's
It is not enough to overtake, you know which, cryptocurrency system, which does 40 times more calculations
- it really should make you appreciate changes with chips production, as few times K1 energy is not enough, by far, to overdo what we do on a fraction of our computation power on modern hardware.
But the system easily trashes top 100 super computers from TOP500 list, combined - 1660 PetaFLOPs.
So on one side, it is not superior computing power, but it is not on the low side as well and can be put to some good use.
The question is:
Assuming the hardware is in the place where it should be, the software is running, joules are consumed - what kinds of gains/profits we may expect to have?
Not sure which metric can be used to evaluate the potential of rewards, but is it that golden opportunity Mr.X expects it to be, or is it a bust?
Will Mr.X be able to pay his buddy Mr. Elon Tusk, launching rockets to the Moon or it won't suffice even feed that Mr.X alone?
What kind of monetary value such system may have?
or if we spin it differently, as it seems to be correlated numbers:
How much money Mr.X earns, or what is his potential net worth?
- it is not important which metric do you use for evaluation, as long as it is mentioned. An answer is a number in a currency of your choice.
Mr.X does not plan to sell it as a whole but may consider some IPO, and sure collect money for entities who are interested to crunch some numbers, work with big data, train neural networks, etc. So what are reasonable expectations in the case?
Context where it all happens
- The world rules and setting etc - @JBH
Your planet, present-day, present economy, present prices, present rules, etc.
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