Roadmap

A high level roadmap for Edge technology, showing development milestones for both network and web services.

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Q3 2019
In-progress

Network backbone rentals

As part of our commitment to full-decentralization, we will be making the Stargates and Gateways in the network backbone directly available for rent, helping to ensure network stability and providing access to network revenue without needing to individually ensure device uptime and performance.

Q3 2019
In-progress

Earning automation

Earning automation is the point at which payouts move to a fully automated footing in the network. For this update payouts will remain monthly, automated against earnings and displayed within contributor dashboards. Over time the frequency of payouts will increase, with the ultimate goal of getting them to as near to real time as possible.

Q3 2019
In-progress

Web services migration

We are in the midst of breaking the web services out of the network to enable a focused go to market strategy core network services. But don’t worry, we’re not throwing the web services away! Instead they are going to be launched under their own brand as a SaaS proposition specifically targeted at the easy production of content-led digital products.

This approach also means that we don’t lose the momentum and investment made in the web services to date, and will present a stand alone entry point to use of the network (use of the web services under their new brand will deliver revenue directly back to the network).

Q3 2019
In-progress

Self onboarding: Hosts

Self onboarding is the point at which we are able to open up the network to contributions beyond our partners and Founding Nodes. It is the point at which we can begin to truly scale network capacity. The security challenges related to the support of an ad-hoc set of untrusted devices is highly significant: the solution in the Edge network relies on a consensus mechanism that operates at DNS level and across all nodes in the network. In the first instance self-onboarding will be gated and limited to Linux devices. This will be broadened out as we gather performance data and scale usage in to the new devices set

Q3 2019
In-progress

Network CLI

The network CLI is a command line interface for interacting directly with network services. It communicates with Stargates to enable the deployment and management of service in the network, including device configuration for self onboarding. It is built on the building blocks of the existing CLI (https://github.com/dadi/cli)

Q4 2019
In-progress

Edge storage beta

Edge storage provides object storage and Edge caching within the network. This update marks the completion of testnet benchmarking in preparation for mainnet release and testing. Storage shards files across multiple hosts, building in a high level of security in that no one host stores the complete image of a single file.

Q4 2019
In-progress

Full Open source

We are in the midst of producing a series of patent applications for the core network. This is designed to protect the core IP of the network for the benefit of the whole community, providing a barrier to entry to other organisations in the space, and in so doing promoting the Edge network as the protocol for edge computing. This is a drawn out process that has been ongoing for a long time. However we are nearing the end and expect to have filled in the coming few months. As soon as this is the case we will be able to fully open source the code base for the network.

Q4 2019
In-progress

Edge Compute Beta

Like a virtual machine, but hyper localized. Our containerized app layer enables you to distribute your applications directly to the Edge network, with a real-time distribution matrix that automatically deploys and scales based on demand.

Network-level services 25 Feb 2019
Q4 2019
In-progress

CDN conversion to Go

The conversion of CDN to GO is all about enhancing performance and reducing the footprint of CDN within Host devices. The current build of CDN in node is some 600MB+ – a large footprint for a network app by any measure. The conversion to GO is targeting a footprint of sub 10MB.

Q1 2020
In-progress

Edge for mobile: iOS

The mobile build of Host is in heavy R&D. The concept is to enable an SDK for app developers that embeds Host within existing apps, offsetting their infrastructure costs by contributing to the network. We are also working on the build of a dedicated - and earning - app for the network.