When the inner room is strengthened
Quiet conference room.
Seungho turned on his laptop and was looking at the data that had been uploaded to the data center. I couldn’t take my eyes off one of them.
Tier 1: 99.671% availability.
-28.8 hours of downtime per year
Tier 2: 99.741% availability.
-Downtime of 22.0 hours per year.
Tier 3: 99.982% availability.
-1.6 hours of downtime per year.
Tier 4: 99.995% availability.
-0.4 hours of downtime per year.
‘We will make it as tier 4 as the TIA (Data Center Standardization Organization) says.’
Tier 4 has only 0.4 hours of downtime per year. It’s only 1.2 hours apart from Tier 3, but it requires twice as much infrastructure, making it much more expensive to deploy and operate. That is why Kihoon Choi recommended Tier 3, and Gregory, who was newly hired, strongly recommended Tier 4.
“Three tier is enough for Dr. Yekaterina to see it, but it doesn’t listen. Hmm….”
Seungho turned to the next chapter again. Until now, traces of worries were intact.
-The rack where each server or network equipment will be installed.
Specs for the equipment to fill the data center and detailed descriptions of the configuration plan were written. It was the content that was bound to tilt his head if an unprofessional saw it. I went to the cost of the data Seungho was looking at.
-Total cost 700 billion.
The moment I saw it, I felt like I knew why I had asked myself.
‘Chief team leader or Dr. Yekaterina didn’t have any knowledge of the hardware, so there must be no more words to say.
When set to Tier 4, the total cost of building the data center alone is 700 billion. Although Sunjin is paying monthly royalties and ZONE service fees, 700 billion won was also a big money for downtown software.
Someone knocked on the door, and when Seung-ho asked him to come in, a blue-eyed foreigner came in. He was in charge of designing the data center.
Choi Ki-hoon asked as he looked at the door of the conference room where the data center design person entered.
“How will it be?”
“Of course… Wouldn’t it be what Seungho said?”
Choi Ki-hoon tilted his head.
“You mean you know what Seung-ho will say?”
Hwang Ho-geun cleared his throat.
“If you don’t have it, you will curse me.”
“Any CEO Seung-ho is greater than Nara-nim. Nara-nim doesn’t give us a salary.”
“Anyway, you’re a software expert. Data center design is a completely different field.”
Hwang Ho-geun slightly closed his eyes and then opened it.
“That… I don’t know. It’s a kind of persimmon. Persimmon.”
“You heard, too. The CEO was also involved in the design of the NPU developed by Sunjin. And he asked me to swap the ONE and the NPU chip design. Why would I have drawn it?”
“We are also going to design and produce chips ourselves.”
“So, according to your words, the CEO is a software development expert, but the MCU chip design. Could you have imagined it? Moreover, Zero is an autonomous vehicle. Another field.”
“It feels like something. If it’s made with some kind of electronic product.”
Hwang Ho-geun leaned his head and said.
“You can do anything.”
The two faced each other again. I realized what it meant.
“I can do anything. I can do anything. I really think I can do that… I’m scared.”
This was a level of fear beyond surprise.
-You can do anything with regards to electronic products.
That means, beyond MCU design and automobile production, smartphones and home appliances. Not only that, but he said that he could make a spaceship like Space X.
“Ah no way….”
In the meantime, the door of the conference room opened and the data center staff walked out. Looking at the expression, it wasn’t that different from when I entered it. And it wasn’t his place where the design manager went.
Developer of the NPU Advancement Team, who moved from ARM.
“He is asking you to come in.”
Hwang Ho-geun muttered when he saw it.
“Haven’t we seen that one?”
Choi Ki-hoon nodded violently.
The early days of Sinai Soft.
I’ve seen the same look.
Person in charge of the NPU upgrade project.
When Gregory entered, Seungho stood up and asked for a handshake.
“It’s a lot of work.”
“Haha, no. It’s all because I like it.”
“I’ve checked the results so far. You’ve upgraded the performance to 120 teraflops.”
“It is still insufficient compared to the next-generation TPU specifications made by the port. Looking at this announcement, the TPU2 is said to have 180 teraflops of performance.”
“So I set up a brief meeting.”
At the moment, the pupils of the NPU design person expanded. I mean, it sounded like I had a way to improve performance.
“That’s what you think is right.”
Seungho displayed a PPT on the screen. It was a document posted by Gregory. But there was a little strange thing. Seungho said, pointing to the strange thing.
“If you see, I have corrected it in red here. If you refer to it when developing in the future, you will be able to go up to 180 teraflops without difficulty.”
Gregory’s smiling face cracked.
“President. This is a little different from software development.”
Gregory got up from his seat and went to the board and grabbed the pen.
module npu20x (init, count, clk) reg a, b, c, d;
tf0: TFF port map(q(0), clk, reset);
a = b & e;
b = a | b;
#5 c = b;
Then I started writing dozens of lines of code. It was the code I used to design the NPU. It was also something Seungho knew of course.
“Do you know what this means?”
It was a sincerely curious expression. Seungho, who got up from the seat, lifted a red pen and corrected a part of the code.
“There are three modes of port input. Output or inout. All ports must be declared as wires, but input and inout ports cannot be declared in reg form. So this part should be modified.”
He pinpointed the mistakes he made while coding by hand. Gregory, embarrassed, fluttered.
“You don’t have to worry about Verilog HDL.”
Seungho quickly spoke.
“Please go out and check the corrected part, tell us about the strange part, and ask the ZONE Service Advancement Team Leader to come in.”
Gregory nodded and left the conference room.
One after another to artificial intelligence ONE.
I received a report of the recent development situation and gave a one-point lesson on the fact that I was experiencing difficulties in development. People who left the conference room sometimes left the conference room with a dark expression and sometimes a refreshing expression. That appearance made Hwang Ho-geun evoke a strong nostalgia.
“At that time, we discussed with a very simple web page, but now that it’s an artificial intelligence and an autonomous vehicle… don’t you feel a sense of disparity?”
Choi Ki-hoon, who was listening, hesitated his head.
“Because it has become a global software company.”
“So in just a few years it has grown tremendously.”
“Where do we go? Really beyond Sunjin to the port. Or below it…”
“I did some draw down below, but at least I’ll go to the port.”
At the moment, Kihoon Choi’s eyes became hazy.
“It’s like a dream to become a port.”
“What’s even more surprising is that it’s not just an empty dream, it’s a reality that’s right in front of you.”
“Huh, it’s nice just thinking.”
While the two were chatting, Dongsoo Ko, who had entered the last time, left the conference room. And I came towards them.
“The representative wants to see you for a moment.”
Choi Ki-hoon asked, pointing at himself with his index finger.
Dongsoo Ko nodded and said.
“Yes. The vice president is also there.”
Their expressions gradually darkened. Now the representative was Seungho. They are a subordinate. It was not very enjoyable for an employee to meet the representative. Ko Dong-soo nodded and put a wedge into the two.
“Yes, both of you.”
Seungho, who was looking at the laptop, raised his head and got up from his seat.
“Haha, you’re here. But why are you so nervous?”
The pupils were out of focus, and their hands and feet were squeaking like a machine.
“Ahaha. What’s the tension. It’s not at all. But why are we…”
The two took a peek at Seung-ho. By any chance, until now, I have tried to check all the way in to see if there has been anything wrong with them, but there was nothing to remember.
“It’s no different, I want to check the status of the current company together.”
“Are you talking about financial status?”
“Yes. That will be representative. And the direction of the company in the future. In addition, downtown Soft will be the lead in the construction of a smart city in Detroit in the US. We also have to decide the amount that can be invested in it.”
“Yes, we are currently adjusting the timing of the announcement. Of course, this is the only thing that I know. As of today, we have learned more.”
“In addition, we have to decide whether to invest in a new business with the cash accumulated in the company. Or, we have to decide whether we should focus a little more on the business we have been doing. Of course, come here to have a conversation with the vice president and major shareholder to deal with it. I did.”
The two listened to Seungho with serious eyes. Certainly, the size of the company gradually changed. The days of trembling at 100 million or 100 million are gone. Hwang Ho-geun turned the laptop that Seung-ho was looking at.
“Then, I think it would be better to tell you while looking at the report that was recently uploaded by the finance team.”
Soon Seung-ho nodded, and Hwang Ho-geun’s report began.
“First of all, the net profit of this year is expected to be around 600 billion. The establishment of a branch office in Silicon Valley, including a data center, and manpower expansion and zero development were costly. However, royalties from Engine S. Sales of ZONE services. And soon zero mass production. When it starts, it is predicted that next year will be over trillions right away, but there is a problem.”
“You mean law and system.”
“Yes, there are more regions that cannot be sold because the laws related to autonomous vehicles are not yet in place not only in Korea but also in the world.”
“What if you said you could sell it all over the world?”
“Currently, Kumhyun’s automobile operating profit is about 5 trillion won a year. I can’t sell it because I don’t have zero… That’s twice that of 10 trillion won.”
It was a great amount, but it was still insufficient compared to Sunjin, Port, and Mango. Hwang Ho-geun slowly spoke.
“After that, if the belief in safety becomes more solid, I think it will easily exceed 20 trillion. GM, Ford, Toyota, Benz, etc. will not be the opponents of the traditional powers.”
“I know what you mean.”
“Yes. Then, can I say something about the new business you mentioned?”
“Speak without admiration.”
“I talked to the staff too.”
As Seung-ho nodded, Hwang Ho-geun said.
“Everyone wants to do portal service.”
“If it’s a portal service… like Nester or Port?”
“Yes, since Sinai Soft originally started as a search engine solution. How about going back to the original spirit and strengthening the integrity rather than doing something more grand in the future?”
Seungho touched his beard that had grown harshly.
“It’s a portal service…”
It didn’t seem bad. It was also his specialty.