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Just to show how quickly technology has advanced, I did some benchmarks on a Cisco ASA5505 in order to see how it would perform encrypting information into a VPN. I made a quick test network between two interfaces on an HP DL350G6, with a Ubiquiti Edge Router on one interface, and the Cisco ASA5500 on the other interface. I did one test direct between two VM’s first to get a baseline, and this is what it can do:

[ ID] Interval           Transfer     Bandwidth
[  5]   0.00-10.03  sec  0.00 Bytes  0.00 bits/sec                  sender
[  5]   0.00-10.03  sec   327 MBytes   273 Mbits/sec                  receiver

Then I setup a VPN with AES-256 encryption, and this is what the ASA5505 can do:
[ ID] Interval           Transfer     Bandwidth
[  5]   0.00-10.05  sec  0.00 Bytes  0.00 bits/sec                  sender
[  5]   0.00-10.05  sec  5.19 MBytes  4.33 Mbits/sec                  receiver
Pretty slow, so I thought I’d try 3DES encryption. Surprisingly I had the same result
 
[ ID] Interval           Transfer     Bandwidth
[  5]   0.00-10.05  sec  0.00 Bytes  0.00 bits/sec                  sender
[  5]   0.00-10.05  sec  5.21 MBytes  4.35 Mbits/sec                  receiver

According to the ASA itself, it should be good for 25MBps:


deskwall# show crypto accelerator statistics

Crypto Accelerator Status
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[Capability] Supports hardware crypto: True Supports modular hardware crypto: False Max accelerators: 1 Max crypto throughput: 25 Mbps Max crypto connections: 10
[Global Statistics] Number of active accelerators: 1 Number of non-operational accelerators: 0 Input packets: 526230 Input bytes: 112704584 Output packets: 575180 Output error packets: 0 Output bytes: 270144780

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Went through some stocks on the TSX, and took the percent changes over different time periods over many years, and found the standard deviation of those changes. These are useful for calculating options prices, as those depend upon the likelihood of the stock price reaching the strike price of the option.

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If you are wondering how the currencies are doing today, the USD is gaining value. Which as many people have heard will create issues for people with USD denominated debt who earn in other currencies.

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This is a link to a web site where you can pull up historical (last 5 years) inlet flow and fuel gas flow for gas plants in Alberta. The search box has auto complete like google, once you type three letters, it will fill out the rest. Click the plant you want from the auto complete list, and hit search.

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Decided to take a look at AER’s ST13 to compare gas plants/fields/companies in Alberta. It shows the inlet, products, fuel, flaring, and metering differences for each plant in the province, as well as location. Here is an image of all the gas plants in the south/central region of Alberta. The size represents the raw inlet gas, and the color represents the field.

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Then I thought I would see which Licensees had the best metering balances from 2009-2016, anything over 5% is an issue, depending on the inlet volume (could be even less than 5%). The monthly average of the positive errors (took in more than sold) is 3.36% for all gas plants from 2009-2016. The monthly average of negative errors (sold more than took in) is -2.42%.

Here are the worst.

Here is a comparison of several different licensees to compare the amount of fuel consumption to inlet flow.

The average fuel consumption across every plant in the province is 5.8% of raw inlet flow.

Here is an amazing tale of some up and coming companies, who have massively increased their C5+ production, surpassing some of the old large fields.

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