The Router Report —production update on Subutai Blockchain Router v2.0

by OptDyn Co-CEO/Founder Alex Karasulu, CMO Sally Khudairi, and Subutai Community Manager Felipe Fonseca

 

 

 

Last Friday we were onsite at LSI-TEC (Laboratório de Sistemas Integráveis Tecnológico), our partners in São Paulo, Brazil, who are manufacturing the Industrial Edition of the Subutai Blockchain Router v2.0.

The Subutai Blockchain Router v2.0 is a power-efficient “green” broadband Cloud router and open hardware IoT gateway. As a Subutai appliance, the router comes preinstalled with Subutai’s PeerOS tuned and hardware accelerated.

Aimed at mission-critical IoT applications, the Subutai Blockchain Router Industrial Edition uses higher grade temperature resistant chips that operate between -40°C and 100°C. As opposed to the Residential Edition which mines cryptocurrency, the programmable logic for the Industrial Edition is dedicated to critical IoT security operations. The Blockchain Router’s hardware based IoT security subsystem combined with its interoperability with PMOD, Arduino, and Raspberry Pi shields has brought it to the forefront of Brazil’s national IoT standards, and serves as the high-end IoT gateway for several highly-visible programs, including Itaipu Binacional, the world’s largest generator of renewable energy, and Ilumina SP, the smart city illumination initiative for the State of São Paulo.

Seeing the Subutai Blockchain Router in production feels like Christmas! We’re excited to share our experience with you —

A batch of OptDyn’s Subutai Blockchain Router engineering units are entering the surface mount technology assembly (SMT) line in São Paulo. Here’s a unit going in:

Here’s a test of the positioning of its larger components such as the RJ54 connectors, video and USB ports. The Arduino and Raspberry Pi headers are clearly visible on the lower left hand side.


Here’s the pallette of Xylinx Zynq MPSoC chips (with FPGA and processors) fed into the SMT line. This 3D FPGA and its quad core ARM 64-bit processors power the Subutai Blockchain Router.

After the placement of the Xilinx Zync BGA package:

Placing other components on the board:

Cartridges hold reels of passive components placed onto the board as it goes through the SMT line.

Additional passives being placed and soldered to the board. Note the robotic arm holding the components.

Here’s the entire SMT line. The long deep oven in the back actually heats and cools down the board. The Router’s board is complex with _16-layers_ requiring special thermal conditions.

Our Subutai Community Manager Felipe Fonseca and Arthur Barcellos from LSITEC giving the thumbs up.

To deliver on the promise of the Subutai Blockchain Router is a dream come true. We are continually thinking of new ways to push the technology envelope, and are perpetually obsessed with security (be sure to check out our technical white paper on hardware security for mission-critical IoT applications).

We are tremendously proud to have reached this milestone with the Subutai Blockchain Router, and welcome queries at info@optdyn.com .

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The Horde Is Coming: Subutai 7.0

by OptDyn CTO and Founder Alex Karasulu

 

The Horde Is Coming: Subutai 7.0

We’re proud to announce the latest 7.0 major version release of the Subutai Platform. We just finished the migration from 6.0 to update all components today, May 10th 2018, on schedule. Please note that 7.0 is not backwards compatible with 6.0. Environments (clouds) running on 6.0 peers will continue to run. Everyone should however upgrade their peers to take advantage of all the benefits of 7.0 and avoid compatibility issues.

Subutai is composed of several different software components. We first started introducing 7.0 features into 6.0 that did not impose compatibility issues. We left the last few changes breaking compatibility towards the end for the last switch over to 7.0.

Subutai 7.0 is the best ever! It’s more stable and performant than 6.0 and well suited for mission critical production environments. Lucky 7, as we call it, is the major version intended to take the community through its token distribution event. It has backend changes to facilitate all the blockchain features needed to enable the dual token scheme use by the platform involving the GoodWill and KHAN tokens.

Here’s a list of the major improvements and features in 7.0:

Subutai PeerOS

  • Abandoned the use of Snap package to use Debian Packages
  • Switch default local CoW file system to ZFS instead of BTRFS
  • Template versioning and concurrent versions support
  • Subutai Agent exposes new REST API for Resource Hosts
  • Desktop as a Service Support for Containers
  • Using hard ZFS quotas instead of soft quotas
  • P2P fast warm up and other performance improvements
  • P2P tunneling and reconnection improvements
  • New environment REST API with CLI (similar to AWS meta api)

Subutai Control Center

  • Lazy installs software components when needed
  • Manages peer lifecycle from cradle to grave
  • Usability enhancements and several bug fixes
  • Using proper LFS paths
  • Desktop as a Service (x2go) Support

Subutai Vagrant Plugin

  • New disk growth command
  • Multiple Vagrant provider boxes for VM peers on several hypervisors
    • Libvirt
    • Virtualbox
    • Parallels
    • VMWare Fusion
    • VMWare Desktop
    • Hyper-V
  • Peer registration commands with Bazaars
  • Resource host registration commands to peers
  • Provisioning support for Subutai Blueprints

Subutai Bazaar

  • Applications management tab for environments
  • Blueprint enhancements to specify cloud distribution topology
  • Usability improvements for several workflows including BP wizard
  • Service Level Agreements as Ethereum Smart Contracts

Subutai E2E Security Plugin

  • Enabled operation with new Firefox API
  • New Microsoft Edge Plugin

Subutai Website

  • New website design
  • Integrated with new readthedocs site

Besides these new features and improvements above (in existing projects) some entirely new projects were emerged:

  • Subutai Ansible Module
  • Subutai Read The Docs
  • Subutai Container Utils
  • Various Debian package projects

The Subutai Ansible Module has been completed and submitted to the Ansible community for inclusion in the distribution: see https://github.com/ansible/ansible/pull/37659. The module can invoke peer CLI commands remotely, provision new peers and provision blueprints. It’s functionality mirrors the commands and functionality present in the Vagrant Subutai Plugin but is geared towards system administrators managing hosted, or cloud peers.

The new documentation project based on read the docs amalgamates documentation stored in github repository wikis as well as product documents kept in Google Docs for the project. It builds an entire table of contents for all the information associated with Subutai, its sub products and its 20+ projects.

The container CLI utilities project manages client tools used to query environment (cloud), peer, and container information. The CLI tool therein handles communicating with a REST API inside each network segment of the virtual private cloud to get information about the hosting peer, and the environment configuration.

As we switched from using a snap to regular vanilla Debian packages, we needed to decompose the snap into them. This produced a few projects just to hold the configuration for each of these new packages

Overall 7.0 opens Subutai to several future enhancements on our roadmap geared towards the Subutai token distribution event. It’s the lucky 7 release that will amass the hordes needed to conquer the cloud. Get started today!

Subutai Engineering Team members Timur Zhamakeev, Sydyk Akhmataliev, Adilet Zholdoshbekov, Aizhan Taalay kyzy, Emil Sulaimanov, Zubaidullo Niimatullo uulu, Eldar Tursunbaev, Azret Kenzhaliev, Bakhtiar Kukanov, Alina Penkina, Ibraghim Muhamedzhar, along with interns Amirkhan Ahetov and Bakhtiar Ayubov, enjoy a moment in the sun after releasing “Lucky 7”. Not pictured: Dilshat Aliev, Mikhail Savochkin, Abdysamat Mamutov, Erkin Matkaziev, Almanbet Sherov, Lars B. Thomsen, Aaron Xu, Fernando Silva, Marco Silva, and Burak Metin.

Big Changes for Subutai

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SubutaiWarDog is OptDyn CTO and Founder Alex Karasulu. 

We finally did it! Watching so many ICOs successfully complete on grandiose ideas, vaporware, or merely prototypes we decided to commit and conduct our own token distribution event for Subutai’s KHAN™.

With a sum total of over a century in Open Source, as recognized, and trusted leaders in the community, none of us wanted anything to do with an ICO at first. We are still prudent and think the SEC should apply more antibiotics to protect people. The  negative stigma kept us away. Even though we were certain to be successful, we thought it was shady, and have reputations to uphold.

We could have launched early with Subutai’s PeerOS and the Subutai Bazaar being mature and robust now in their sixth major versions. Watching Golem raise 8.4M USD in 29 minutes intrigued us. The final trigger was the completion of the Subutai Blockchain Router 2.0 design which mines Ether, and hence Ethereum Blockchain based mine-able tokens. With manufacturing underway we thought it was finally time.

The parameters of the token distribution event for Subutai’s currency, the KHAN™, is not yet available at this time. We’re working with Vanbex to quickly ramp things up. Stay tuned for the dates and all the token parameters. In preparation, we’ve organized our documentation, revamped the subutai.io website, and published our Executive Summary of the ICO whitepaper. We’re excited to get feedback from our user community (the horde!) and to make sure the token mechanics evolve through community participation.

Recent changes included a rename of the Hub to the Bazaar along with several new features and improvements across the platform. The tray application has also been renamed to the Subutai Control Center. A new convenient file transfer feature has been added as well as and Desktop-as-a-Service feature. Users can now remote desktop to containers with a desktop installed and x2go. We’ve added application blueprints for WordPress, and Mattermost.

Perhaps the most attractive application blueprint is our just released Blockchain-in-a-Box, which offers a private blockchain with a full development and test environment for Solidity Smart Contracts (available now on the Bazaar!). Over the next few releases you’ll see more new features that will make the P2P cloud irresistible.

We invite everyone to get involved. Register below for our newsletter to get advanced notice of our ICO and new features on the platform. Sign up to the Subutai Bazaar, install your own peer and participate in the P2P cloud economy. Let’s conquer the cloud together!