Subutai: Cloud Computing on the Blockchain

OptDyn’s Subutai platform has rolled onto the scene with its blockchain-leveraging products that democratize cloud computing to make it more accessible, efficient, and affordable. With its products and services comes KHAN, a global reserve token, compatible with all features of the platform, able to be used universally beyond Subutai.

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What is Subutai?

An ambitious offering, the Subutai platform consists of four products encompassing cloud computing and the Internet of Things (IoT):

  • PeerOS: An open source, container-based P2P cloud and IoT software.
  • Bazaar: A marketplace for trading computing resources and applications. The Bazaar itself contains other software products, such as the Subutai Blockchain-in-a-Box blueprint.
  • Blockchain Router: A power-efficient, “green” broadband cloud router and open hardware IoT gateway that serves as a plug-and-play cryptocurrency wallet and mining device.
  • KHAN: An Ethereum-based reserve currency token. This token is the default currency of the Subutai platform and is compatible across the entire platform.

According to the company, users can pick and choose which of these services they use, depending on their needs and wants. Alternatively, they can utilize all of these products and services, getting the full platform experience.

How Does It Work?

According to OptDyn founder and CTO Alex Karasulu, “90% of the computing resources of the planet are needlessly wasted. Whether used or not, these resources consume electricity.”  Subutai unlocks these idle resources by making them accessible to a cloud sharing economy.

“Subutai lets anyone rent their idle computer resources or devices on the periphery of the Internet to earn cryptocurrency,” Karasulu explained.

The PeerOS software offers computer resources for rent in the Subutai Bazaar marketplace. An alternative to setting up the PeerOS on a user’s PC is the Blockchain Router, which comes pre-installed with the PeerOS software, and can be used immediately to rent idle resources.

The Blockchain Router works as a broadband device with WiFi capability, while also mining Ether and other Ethereum-based tokens. As a consequence of mining tokens, the router manages accounts into which mined and earned tokens accrue, essential acting as a secure hardware wallet. On top of that, the router is programmable and has connectors that allow it to control external systems.

Essentially, as Karasulu said, the router is an “IoT Swiss Army Knife for industrial and home automation applications.” This highly powerful, energy efficient router will be applied across a variety of mission-critical IoT applications, such as the national IoT effort for Brazil.

Fixing Inefficiency in the IoT Infrastructure

When asked how the Subutai platform fixed inefficiencies in the existing IoT infrastructure, Karasulu explained how present day conditions can be slow and insecure.

Devices mainly situated on what he called the “periphery of the Internet,” Karasulu said IoT devices on the edge must communicate with servers in datacenters. The distance between these devices, and application servers in datacenters, can create long travel times for communicating data, known as network latency.

Using the human body as an analogy, Karasulu painted the brain as a datacenter. IoT devices on the current infrastructure play the role of sensory organs or appendages on the periphery of the body, far from the brain. If it takes too long for the brain to communicate with the organs in question — as is the case with IoT devices and their application servers — then the brain cannot get information and issue the correct commands fast enough to coordinate: to sense and respond. IoT devices currently face the same problem, Karasulu said.

Subutai seeks to solve that issue, by running P2P cloud applications on the edge to shorten the communication distance between IoT devices and the applications interacting with them.

“As people join the platform and offer up idle resources, the edge of the network transforms into a massive datacenter to host applications closer to where the Internet of Things reside.”

“Basically,” Karasulu concluded, “we’re moving the brains closer to the sensory organs and muscles of appendages … to reduce the delay, which improves performance and reaction times. Bringing applications and devices closer together also dramatically reduces the exposure of devices to security threats. There’s a lot that can go wrong with long distance relationships.”

KHAN: The Token

The KHAN token ties all the features of the platform together. Working on the “GoodWill” smart contract — modeled after the Bancor smart token — KHAN has the capability of automatically trading with other tokens.

Karasulu explains:

“This makes much more sense when considering our business model. We sell our platform to large Internet Service Providers and telecommunications companies. They license our Bazaar and rebrand it, and likewise they buy our router in large quantities and rebrand it as well. They can create their own Ethereum-backed token to use with Subutai’s Bazaar and its router. As clouds span across ISPs you need a mechanism to automatically exchange tokens between them. The KHAN is always available to facilitate ISP token exchange through the GoodWill contract.”

Thus, while Subutai licensee’s can use their own tokens for transactions, they must use KHAN for secure escrow accounts to enforce automated service level agreements. According to Karasulu, this requirement increases accountability and reputation for platform users, as well as providing a staking mechanism to balance the KHAN’s token velocity.

In regards to token distribution and funding the platform, when asked if Subutai would hold a token sale, Karasulu responded: “Yes, absolutely.”

To learn more about the Subutai platform and its KHAN token, visit the official website and read the token’s white paper executive summary. Publication of the full white paper is forthcoming.  

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