The footprint of those is surely going to become an issue going forward, that's explains marquee pre-emptive actions to link them to renewables.
The question is whether intrinsically (and ceteris paribus) #decentralization consumes less (because traffic remains more localized)
@openrisk I'm also very interested in this question but I fear the comparison is all but trivial...
You would have to define very precisely your "ceteris paribus" in terms of features (e.g. downtime, backups...) and define how the "decentralized" platforms would be hosted (today, most Fediverse instances are not hosted on a RaspberryPi at home but by companies like OVH).
In the meantime, you may be interested in the work done by @greenfediverse if you dont' know it yet
@tfardet yep it seems highly non-trivial (thats why the qualification) but nothing important is easy 🙂
there are a number of factors in favor of digital decentralization (not an expert by any means), latency, resilience etc and lower ultimate resource consumption might be another one. There might be also some cons, eg less efficient use of hardware
thanks for tip will try to connect to @greenfediverse
@openrisk @humanetech I’m no expert but this idea is interesting to me. I would hypothesize the opposite - I think it’s generally more efficient to share resources on one larger machine than divide it up - you would have more resources wasted by idling. This seems apparent with memory, but maybe there’s more nuance with electricity.
@jaredmoody @email@example.com its an optimisation problem of sorts and to solve properly one must indeed figure all the important elements. Losses in idling infrastructure would be definitely adding on the penalty side of extreme decentralization. On the other hand the gains would probably be quick to recover if one had, say, neighborhood shared clusters pooling compute for ~100 or so.
Another interesting angle is whether cooling is more efficient with less aggregation
@iron_bug localized in the sense that most people would be exchanging information with others in their vicinity (say city level) and signing up to geographically close instances would have various advantages.
Storage and compute efficiencies are an important factor and maybe they trump any network efficiencies. But it may also be the case that an optimum of sorts is far more decentralized than current, especially if one takes into account other factors such as resiliency.
@iron_bug there is also the growing disquiet in some places about consuming energy (renewable / clean or not) in one spot to serve communication needs in remote places
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