For those unaware, Nutanix recently launched the NX-7000 series verhoging that incorporates one or numerous Nvidia Grid K1 or K2 cards into a Nutanix knot. This combination of the collective or dedicated horsepower of a purpose-built GPU card along with the benefits of the Nutanix virtual computing toneel, permit for scale-on-success GPU-enabled virtual desktop solutions.
Some Nutanix customers certainly support mission-critical applications 24/7/365, but a sizable percentage of GPU-enabled VDI organizations support users only during normal business hours. This leaves around 6,700 hours a year where a Nutanix GPU knot is likely sitting relatively idle. Even with technologies like VMware’s Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS), the Nutanix NX-7110s will be underutilized.
Since the Nutanix NX-7000 series has numerous PCI slots it is possible to use the available slot(s) for mining a cryptocurrency, such spil Bitcoin or Litecoin.
What the hell does that even mean?
Bitcoins are an electronic currency, each bitcoin is presently worth almost spil much spil an ounce of gold. Bitcoins are mined by running a special application to solve ingewikkeld math problems. Te exchange for finished the math computations bitcoins are issued. Thesis bitcoins can then be sold or used to purchase goods at a growing number of online and retail stores.
Bitcoin mining has evolved from using GPU cards ter a typical huis gaming equipment to now customized cards with mining-centric ASICs. Newer cards, such spil the Butterfly Labs Monarch, proceed to emerge that require less power and that are even quicker at generating bitcoins.
Assume your organization has a Nutanix cluster supporting your GPU needs for VDI, Matlab, or published applications, but the Nutanix GPU knots are only ter use for 2000 hours a year. Now it’s possible to use intelligence and a card like the Monarch to more than pay for the cost of the Nutanix GPU knots themselves te a year (obviously Bitcoin is a volatile currency so this payback period may be longer or shorter).
The very first step is to establish the normal working hours of the GPU users. For this example, let’s assume 9 am to Five pm. At Five pm, a customer script checks the workload of the Nutanix GPU knots to verify that they are going idle.
The Bitcoin/Litecoin Mining virtual appliance (Linux OS + something like BFGMiner) starts up – using the installed mining card along with the PCI passthrough feature of VMware vSphere to supply the capability to the mining virtual machine.
The Mining virtual appliance runs for approximately 16 hours and then powers off before workers come back into the office. Tying into the Nutanix Prism API makes it possible to build a, “While you were away” instrumentenbord that shows how many bitcoins were generated, the current trading value (from other APIs), and the generated total YTD. The possibilities with the Nutanix toneelpodium are endless.
Using this Bitcoin profitability zakjapanner and an exchange rate at 500USD vanaf Bitcoin (which is less than half of the current trading value), the Nutanix NX-7000 series knot would generate
$45K te a year, vanaf knot. If the price stayed above $1000 vanaf Bitcoin for the year, then a single Nutanix NX-7000 knot with a mining card could generate overheen $100,000. Talk about providing back!
Bitcoin mining may not be for everyone, but for the adventurous, it could be a good way to quickly pay for your beloved Nutanix GPU knots.