Transcoder Campaign: SOLAR FARM

Welcome to SOLAR FARM-

I’m announcing the official launch of SOLAR FARM, a Livepeer Orchestrator powered entirely with green power. While this is the official launch, SOLAR FARM has been up and running for just under 2 months (July 16, 2021) to confirm reliability and optimize for the best performance.

SOLAR FARM is located in Los Angeles on a fiber gigabit Internet connection near the Livepeer ingest server and is currently the top performer in Los Angeles. A back up server is on site and can be online in minutes. SOLAR FARM is not reliant on grid power and has both a battery backup that can run the server for days and under extreme conditions can be powered by our natural gas generator.
Current hardware and bandwidth can support over 100 concurrent streams and will be expanded as demand grows.

In addition to starting SOLAR FARM in July 2021, I have participated in Livepool for several months and am the #1 earner in the US. I have been involved in the live video streaming and transcoding/encoding space since the begining of Internet video. Yes I’m old enough to have streamed 160 x 120 video to 28.8 and 56k modem users :wink: I’ve worked with companies ranging from large entertaiment studios ABC and SONY PICTURES to tech corporations including MICROSOFT, AOL, Yahoo! and many smaller startups.

I began calling rewards in round 2292 and will continue daily calls to show my commitment to this project and reward early supporters of SOLAR FARM 100% of Rewards will be paid out to my delegators.

To stake with SOLAR FARM and receive the highest rewards on Livepeer while supporting renewable crypto click the link below.

https://explorer.livepeer.org/accounts/0x10742714f33f3d804e3fa489618b5c3ca12a6df7/campaign

Feel free to contact me with any questions here, in the Livepeer Discord user Papa_Bear, or email solarfarminfo@digitalfarmhouse.com

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This is a really nice looking operation you’ve got going on!

Do you have photographs / videos of the solar farm?

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Thanks @chrishobcroft. That’s on my to do list. I should have something up in the next few day.

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Wow what a week it’s been so far!

First I was chosen by Titan Node to be the first recipient of Titan Node - Start Up Grant to bring awareness to SOLAR FARM and through a very generous stake help bring in more transcoding work.

Then as a complete surprise 0x525 | vires in numeris offered (and has already staked) an additional 5k LPT toward SOLAR FARM!

I’m feeling very grateful today and can’t thank them enough for having confidence in me to be a valuable member of the Livepeer community. From the bottom of my heart thank you both :heart:

A quick update on other Farm news, I made my 7th consecutive Reward call today and will continue with my pledge to call daily rewards.

Minutes of video transcoded the second week of September have exploded and I expect the trend will be even more dramatic next week with the increased stake.

And finally SOLAR FARM continues to hold the #1 spot on the performance board for the Los Angeles region.

Thanks for stopping by, more updates coming soon.

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One of the things that seems to always surprise people about Livepeer is how little energy is required to run an Orchestrator. I think they hear the term video mining and equate it with POW mining picturing rows of GPUs running full bore 24/7. The reality though is that the decoding and encoding chips used to transcode video are extremely efficient and only use a fraction of a GPU’s total compute power. It’s not uncommon for an Orchestrator to only use slightly over 100 watts during light loads and not a much more during medium to heavy loads.

Because of these efficiencies I am able to power my Orchestrator with a relatively small solar array. I installed the below pictured panels so that we could have backup power after a fire burned through large portion of our community a few years ago leaving us without power for several weeks.

The panels feed a cluster of LiFePO4 batteries storing the excess energy generated during the day to keep the server running 24/7. …And because the GPUs use such a small amount of power compared to POW mining they don’t require additional cooling adding to an already efficient system. Take that Elon :stuck_out_tongue:

So that’s the story of how SOLAR FARM came to be. :slight_smile:

Work has continued to increase with approximately 10% more minutes of video transcoded per day compared to last week and we have made the last 16/16 Reward Calls with the reward cut still at 0%.

If you’d like to support a new and reliable Orchestrator with the best rewards on Livepeer head over to the SOLAR FARM profile on the Explorer and consider staking with us.

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Good day at the Farm today! We hit over 50k minutes of transcoding today and beat our previous daily minutes transcoded best which was only yesterday with over 4700 minutes transcoded in the last 24 hours (up to 5k now as I’m posting this).

We will be installing the new 0.5.21 release as soon as we have lul in sessions. Additionally we are dedicating a 3070 GPU back to the Orchestrator.

Probably a smart time to delegate with SOLAR FARM since we’re over 50k minutes :wink:

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Quick update:

I had an opportunity to upgrade to the latest Livepeer release 0.5.21 this morning so we are ready for fast verification when it goes live on the network.

I’ve decided to add at least 2 3070 GPUs to the Orchestrator after we maxed out our sessions 3x in the last hour. I have the cards here ready to install but will wait to do it when traffic slows down.

Overall it’s been a good week here and I hope to have some Transcoding fees soon to share with all the SOLAR FARM delegators. :rocket:

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We got our first winning ticket today!!!

WinnerChickyDinnerNo1

Livepeer orchestrator SOLAR FARM just earned 0.1818 ETH ($648.10) transcoding approximately 50,581 minutes of video. https://t.co/OjuX1sRQVO

— Livepeer Payout Bot (@LivepeerPayouts) October 8, 2021

That’s awesome! I’m just getting into this space now and look up to operations such as yours. I’ve been in crypto since the early days but this is my first step into leveraging my GPU for transcoding video.

Btw, i’m a videographer/editor. I moved away from LA when COVID hit but if you need someone who’s passionate about this space and works within the content creation industry, feel free to hit me up :slight_smile:

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Welcome to the Livepeer community! If you have any questions or need help with anything Livepeer related jump into the Livepeer Discord and ask away, we’re always happy to help people get going. :slight_smile:

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I am no longer calling daily rewards so I can’t in good faith ask delegators to stake with me under the current conditions. I will be updating my Reward and Fee cuts when gas prices allow to 50% and 100% respectively.

On a positive note work has been consistent with only a very slight drop since the end of the Titan-Node grant and support from vires-in-numeris. Thank you both for the help kick starting Solar Farm :pray:

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Forgot to note yesterday Solar Farm still holds and has held the # 1 spot in performance for Los Angeles/West Coast since the metric was introduced. :slight_smile:

Reward and Fee Cut updated to 19% and 100% respectively.