Edge Latest articles from the team en 2021 Edge Network Technologies Ltd. All rights reserved. Mon, 01 Mar 2021 04:14:29 +0000 2021-03-01T04:14:29+00:00 en 2021 Edge Network Technologies Ltd. All rights reserved. Edge https://edge.network/assets/img/dadi-logo-colour.png https://edge.network Weekly Update: W/C 01st February, 2021 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-01st-february-2021 Hi everyone 👋

The pace of development at Edge, the excitement in the crypto space in general and of course the effect of being in place, in lockdown, means that the weeks are just flying by at the moment.

We’ve managed to secure the Edge username on Medium. Our new Medium URL is:

https://edge.medium.com

We’ll be posting all of the latest updates here going forward.

We have multiple additional videos in the works, with scripts now finished and voiceover work under way. These cover upcoming services with a focus on end users. We also have a video in production that provides an introduction to the platform for community users.

And we’re putting the meat on the bones of a social activation campaign, which I expect to be kicking off this month.

Real Research has north of 1.5m users now. However you cut it, this is a very meaningful number. As the app is opened up for broader use this month we expect to see it driving significant liquidity in the TNC Coin.

We’re continuing to deliver on the underpinnings of the new $EDGE token. Token contracts are complete and in testing.

For complete clarity, the decision has been taken that the token will be ERC-20. There are several reasons for this, the main being 1. stability of smart contracts; 2. interoperability with the wider community; 3. liquidity provision; and 4. development pace.

We assessed a broad array of options, including extending the DAG in the network to provide smart contract functionality. This would be the preference from a technical interest perspective, but it’s also massively complex, time consuming and comes with significant cost for little to no benefit versus ERC-20.

Of course this decision in no way rules out future changes, but it’s where we are today, and it represents the best route forward for the network.

The team have been working on the new load balanced queue for Gateway, which is a significant upgrade of the existing queue system. It brings real time device scoring to the network to enable a better distribution of requests. Device scoring will be used as a primary metric for node earnings in future, factoring in more data points than just jobs completed.

We’ll be writing much more about this in the coming weeks, but here’s a little more detail…

Requests in Gateway queues run through a bi-directional stream (which is always open between Gateways and their Hosts). This is somewhat like being at a counter with a ticket in a queue. Devices subscribe to the queue and the first Host in line for a job up gets handed the request. If the Host fails to respond in a given timeframe the job gets passed out to additional devices in sequence until a response is received. (This is the job race that we’ve spoken about before.)

With the upcoming release this will change so that all Host devices are subscribed with their own dedicated channel to their Gateway. The queue will then send requests to the Host devices through their dedicated channels based on their current score (the Host that at that moment in time Gateway thinks will respond the fastest based on it’s impact score - i.e. not a device that currently has a lot of requests for example).

And the score of the Host device will be updated on the back of every job completed.

In this way Gateway is constantly rebalancing load across devices based on their realtime performance.

Certman - the network’s new certificate store - has been upgraded to deliver metrics for network monitoring. This update should be completed and deployed to mainnet next week.

Since it launched in the mainnet a little over a week ago Certman has been performing flawlessly.

Certman is a certificate service running in Stargate.

Its predecessor was Consul. In the old set up when a request came in for a particular domain it would hit Stargate which responded with the nearest Gateway to the request. If that Gateway had no SSL certificate for the domain it would auto generate a one by talking directly to Lets Encrypt. The problem with this was that Lets Encrypt moved from a single geographical request challenge to making multiple distributed request challenges, which meant that multiple Gateways would get the challenge, even though they had no knowledge of the original request. This was an issue because you can’t forward on SSL requests (for security reasons), meaning that the process required every Gateway to daisy chain requests.

This was slow and prone to failure.

So we needed a central cache for certificates, which is where Certman comes in. There are two components to the application: an in-memory store for ACME tokens that don’t need persisting, and a long term persisted store for certificates. Certman handles this as well as the issuance of keys and security negotiation with Gateways.

Certman also handles the cleaning up of certificates on expiration along with a bunch of other cleanup tasks. It’s a very lightweight but very elegant solution to a major pillar of the network. And it allows us to automatically provide SSL certificates for third party domains, which can be mapped into edge services.

The implementation of Storage moved forward, with plans for the implementation of a dedicated team tabled and under review. The intention here is to pick up development pace by establishing product-level teams around the core platform team, all under Arthur’s purview.

And finally on a related note, we’ve started working with a start up in the storage space, who are working with the network to unpin their platform.

And that’s it for this week.

Enjoy your weekends.

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Fri, 05 Feb 2021 18:30:00 +0000 601ed1548c9007001a8925ff Joseph Denne 2021-02-05T18:30:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 25th January, 2021 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-25th-january-2021 Hi everyone 👋

It’s Friday again! And what an amazing week it’s been. The movement for decentralisation is gaining incredible momentum.

Edge remains at the cutting edge, with provably decentralised services in production. We’re cracking the whip to get new services delivered this year, and are especially excited by Edge Storage, as its a service that individuals will be able to use and understand with a clear point of difference in market. It’s also a major building block for future services such as our data layer.

Certman was released to mainnet this week after successfully passing testing on test.network. It is now responsible for all certificates generated by the network.

We’ve also added some useful metrics for monitoring usage which we expect to release into production next week.

New releases of both Gateway and Stargate were pushed to mainnet, updated to remove dependancies on network API for certificate storage.

A significant bug was found in the Gateway cache service which was preventing the caching of some assets. A hot fix for this was deployed today.

Work has now begun on the dynamic queue, a method to establish each devices performance ability in realtime in order to load-balance requests to the most performant devices at each given time. This evolves the job queue to make it more intelligent, increasing performance and helping to ensure that jobs are satisfied as quickly as possible.

We’ve finalised plans for a new Edge site, which now moves in to copy + design. We’re overhauling everything to provide the structure we need to support the next few years of growth, both in services and in usage.

And of course we’re continuing to update the existing site in the meantime. The Content Delivery section of the site was updated further, with the addition of a pricing page along with a number of further minor updates.

An issue with cross-site request forgery was also investigated, though found to be working fine.

And we progressed work on the supporting technology for the upcoming Edge token. There’s not much to report on this front this week, as we’re basically just heads down in delivery. Work is progressing steadily.

We opened talks with a OEM about the potential for pre-loading Edge nodes on to their hardware. We’ve had a number of these discussions, and have proven Edge Embedded on Wifi routers and set top boxes. It’s a really interesting space, and we’re hopeful that it will provide significant additional capacity in time.

The new subscription based payments layer in Edit has now processed over 1,000 real-world transactions. It’s use is growing pretty strongly at the moment 💪

A new project from an ex-Edge staffer is looking to make some hires. 0Confirmation provides and instant transactiontional layer for Bitcoin. They are actively looking for Solidity and JavaScript developers to assist them with integrations.

Drop in here to find out more about the project and to lodge your interest in assisting development: https://t.me/zeroconfirmation

(Leave a note saying that you’re a developer keen to help and they’ll DM you.)

And that’s it for this week.

Enjoy your weekends.

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Fri, 29 Jan 2021 18:30:00 +0000 60183ccb8c9007001a8925fa Joseph Denne 2021-01-29T18:30:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 18th January, 2021 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-18th-january-2021 Hi everyone 👋

The split out of Console and Services completed and is now live.

This streamlines the sign up process for services by focusing the individual areas. Console is all about contributing to the network and services is all about service consumption.

You can see the new services area of the platform here:

https://services.edge.network

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We’ve also added a “Getting Started” section to the documentation. This hand holds you through the setup and deployment process.

You can see it here:

https://edge.network/en/content-delivery/documentation/

Getting an Edge content delivery deployment live takes a matter of minutes. And working with it in your app, website or game is straight forward.

We’ll be publishing a further article on this next week.

The team are continuing to work through updates to the site to better support service use, bringing greater clarity and focused messaging to the foreground. This is all about driving adoption, the key focus for this year (alongside the delivery of new services). Expect to see many more changes in the coming weeks and months.

We continued to migrate some more packages out of the private utilities package and into new open source repositories.

This now includes databank:

https://github.com/edge/databank

Databank is a simple object storage frontend for your data backend.

A major milestone was hit this week with the completion and testnet deployment of certman. Certman is a network native package that offers a globally accessible SSL certificate cache, handling the persistence of ACME credentials and full certificates, as well as an in-memory store for intermediate tokens and RSA’s.

It’s hard to overstate how much of an achievement this is in a decentralised context. It’s been a long time in the making.

Previously a certificate that was generated by Gateway had to be passed to Stargate, then to API and then out to all other Stargate’s before being globally distributed.

Certman cuts out all of these steps. It’s lightweight, incredibly responsive, and makes the network fully compatible with LetsEncrypt’s recent change to the validation process, which now uses a tri-location check on each domain.

Work on the contracts relating to node staking progressed well, with testnet contracts in place and tested. The updates include integration with Metamask.

We are moving to fully autonomous staking for Hosts.

Changes to node performance monitoring and how the network deals with bad actors was moved forward as part of this work. In future stakes will be penalised on a progressive basis where a node is found to be either persistently failing or to have been intentionally interfered with (peer review in the network is used for this process). Any stake amount forfeited will be burned.

Full details on this will be released soon.

And that’s it for this week.

Enjoy your weekends.

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Fri, 22 Jan 2021 18:30:00 +0000 600c03588c9007001a8925f5 Joseph Denne 2021-01-22T18:30:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 11th January, 2021 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-11th-january-2021 Hi everyone 👋

It’s been another busy week here, as evidenced by the length of my update. There’s a huge amount of work going on – from implementing new contracts for $EDGE, to new business, to planning for future network services. We’re pressing hard to make this a great year, despite the uncertainty that surrounds us all.

Community is at the heart of the network, with contributed nodes providing the power needed for it’s services. We’re working to take this much further, stepping closer to full decentralisation through the creation of a governance mechanic for the platform. This will provide a channel for community members to raise proposals, and will be used for all decisions relating to tokenomics of the $EDGE token as well as in support of key technical decisions, such as service prioritisation. It’s a big change to how we operate, and one that we hope will help to bring us all closer together as we move forward.

The team is also working on the provision of a great referral programme for community members who refer new business to the network. The programme will be live in February/March and will pay 10% of all referred business for the lifetime of the engagement.

Cookalong have an event for Vodafone with with David Gandy in February: https://cookalong.tv/david-gandy-and-chris-baber/two-fantastic-courses/12-02-2021/19:30

If you don’t know him, he’s the world’s most successful male supermodel.

…a nice opportunity to show Edge Content Delivery doing its thing.

For example:

https://cdn.cookalong.tv/hosts/david-gandy-and-chris-baber.jpg?q=40&w=600

HTTP/1.0 200 OK =>
Access-Control-Allow-Origin => \*
Cache-Control => public, max-age=86400
Cdn-Version => 0.0.9
Content-Length => 24023
Content-Type => image/jpeg
Date => Thu, 14 Jan 2021 13:53:30 GMT
Edge-Device => 2edcfef5-50e9-4b70-bcc7-58d74237f254
Edge-Gateway => fb7fe194-9b46-4bcc-b7ae-e813dbc4d278
Edge-Host => 86a592c5-e269-4408-8f1d-f8a6d176a256
Etag => "24023-fb0f84fad7b99d4cccdad1cb3667edc3223cf2aa60c34a2dcc6b090f61eb792c"
Strict-Transport-Security => max-age=10886400; includeSubDomains
Vary => Accept-Encoding
X-Cache => HIT
X-Cache-Origin => request
X-Cache-Type => disk

Cookalong are now planning for the development of a video chat platform within their own site. This will be built on network services. It’s currently in the early stages of planning.

The Edit team expects to be hiring in the near future. Specifically we will be looking for Node.JS and preactjs engineers to help us take the core platform to the next level.

For those that don’t know, Edit.com is a content and eCommerce platform that runs in part in the network and is roadmapped to move into the network in full over time as additional core services come online.

On TNC, the integration of the mainnet with Bittrex is now complete :tada:

This was the last major hurdle for the group coin to be able to unlock. We are expecting unlock to happen no later than the last week of February.

How does this affect the plans for the reissue of $EDGE?

The wider plan has always been to reissue $EDGE with the support of the TNC Group for the provision of liquidity and exchange listing support. If TNC unlocks in the near term, which we expect it to do, then reissue will proceed on this basis, with community involvement through staking and governance, and an allocation of $EDGE to all existing holders on top of the TNC already held. If TNC doesn’t unlock in the near term, we will be reissuing without their support, with community involvement through staking and governance, with $EDGE distributed through a further swap.

It’s been a long journey, but we’re nearing the end point.

Work has continued on separating out the management of Content Delivery from Console, with the Services portal almost ready. Final touches and improvements are being made along with some further documentation, with release set for next week.

And work on separating out the contributed portions of Console from the services sections is progressing well. This is designed to help to provide a more frictionless experience for customers and contributors, by providing a clear and direct route to both. They will share a single sign on system, but will live in separate sections of the edge.network site.

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We’ve also been looking again at what we report on in the network. From a earning perspective, all the network really cares about is completed jobs. But being able to quantify the effort in the network is important for reporting. We have a lot of this already, and are looking to extend the data set further and also how far we can take this from a reporting perspective.

We’re pushing to get to per minute earning calculations. There’s a lot of complexity here, and some major changes coming to this side of the network designed in support of network stability and growth. Excited to be able to share our thinking on this front with you. We’ll be writing it up soon.

This week we have open sourced a number of repositories and begun the process of documenting and adding full test coverage.

First up we open sourced Edge Atomic Store:

https://github.com/edge/atomicstore

Atomic Store is written in Go and is a generic object store for highly concurrent applications. We use this extensibly in the core network applications for in-memory key value store.

We also opened up Edge Atomic Counter:

https://github.com/edge/atomiccounter

Atomic Counter provides a simple, encapsulated atomic counter with some basic calculator functions.

And we opened up Edge Logger:

https://github.com/edge/logger

Logger is a lightweight logging library used throughout the Edge suite to standardise reporting.

Logger is of particular significance because its the first major package release from Anny, who only joined us late 2020 and has already had a great deal of influence over the improved performance of all of the core network applications, as well as the build pipeline and documentation. Logger replaces a Go logging package we’ve been using for a couple of years now, which unfortunately is now unsupported. As we look to expand the ability for syslog’s to be captured and broadcast to a remote analyser, Anny took the decision to create a more effective package for this and future analysis requirements.

We’re continuing to push forward with package-by-package releases to open source. This is part of the continued push to full decentralisation, and is being done as we can from an IP protection perspective and in terms of time requirement.

Expect to see a lot more over the coming weeks as we work through the extraction and migration process from private repositories.

Production on the introduction video for CDN also moved forward, with voiceover work completed in full.

Adam has been integrating back into normal life, and continues to work towards going to bed at bedtime and waking up before it’s dark again, with considerable progress. He is now able to communicate before noon.

And finally there are been a series of pitches in support of new business. And we’ve been engaged in support of an early stage mining company, specifically to provide computational power for their setup. It’s very early days, but it looks like a good opportunity to drive network scale and use.

And that’s it for this week.

Enjoy your weekends.

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Fri, 15 Jan 2021 18:30:00 +0000 6002c79f8c9007001a8925ee Joseph Denne 2021-01-15T18:30:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 04th January, 2021 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-04th-january-2021 Hi everyone 👋

Happy New Year! This is first update for 2021. There will be many more 😀

We are working through the required changes to the core of the platform in support of the issue of a new Edge token. This is happening alongside our work with TNC. It’s heavy work in progress and we’re not in a position to talk to you all about the details yet, but we are very close.

We’re talking weeks, not months.

The conversations that I’ve been reading through here have been great, and there’s a lot of crossover in our planning with the suggestions made. Things like governance, deeper integration for staking and the like are front and centre in what is being taken forward.

Please keep your thinking hats on and throw in any suggestions that you have to help to drive Edge forward. We’ll put meat on the bone and broaden the discussion as soon as we’re ready to do so.

Chris and I are leading this process, with input from across the business.

In terms of network development, we’ve been adding information to our real time monitoring system to display a graph of version deployments, so we can better understand the way devices are handling updates and where there might be issues.

The update process was temporarily causing some issues with sessions and recognising device metadata changes. This is now resolved.

The team is also working on a new logger that will allow us to remote aggregate logs through our monitoring stack.

The issue covered in a prior update where subroutines stack up over time has finally been resolved, after a few weeks of intermittent debugging. This wasn’t a particularly serious issue in the short term but did cause memory leaks after 3-4 weeks, putting strain on the team by getting in the way of core development.

We’ve got off to a great start to the year in terms of business growth as well, with a series of meetings down and a bunch more in the diary. Of course it’s all virtual at the moment, but it’s still been nice to see people’s faces.

Our new business function has expanded, with a new business manager bought in alongside our new business director. As I’ve mentioned before, this is a key focus for the business for 2021/22 and beyond, and we expect to be expanding the team to cover other regions as we move through the year.

Anyone interested in network services should hit us up on: sales@edge.network

We’re also putting down plans for expansion in core development capability to increase the pace of development, something that will become particularly important as we move forward with new services in the network, looking of course to Storage and beyond to DB, API and functions.

Finally, if you missed our wrap up of 2020, you can read it here: https://edge.network/en/updates/network/2020-tldr

And that’s it for now.

Enjoy your weekends 😀

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Fri, 08 Jan 2021 18:30:00 +0000 5ffab6d38c9007001a8925eb Joseph Denne 2021-01-08T18:30:00+00:00
2020 TL;DR https://edge.network/updates/network/2020-tldr Edge is now active in 82 countries. We’ve served hundreds of billions of requests in the mainnet; provided 51 written technology & project updates; delivered multiple releases of API, Edit, CDN and DNS; and have evolved Stargate, Gateway and Host beyond recognition, with core services now fully network native.

The Year in Review

2020 has been a tough year full of unexpected challenges for everyone, either financially, emotionally or both.

For Edge it meant a significant shift in business, with a series of large-scale in plan engagements cancelled on the back of the rapidly changing landscape. A few members of our team contracted COVID-19, and one of my business partners was taken seriously ill. But we rolled with the punches, reshaping and refocusing the business, continuing to push forward to deliver on the vision of the Edge network.

It’s been a challenging year on a personal level as well. Like most of us, I’ve been locked up at home for months and unable to travel to visit family. Fortunately as a business we’ve been a remote team since inception back in 2013 (https://www.theguardian.com/small-business-network/2015/oct/15/flexible-working-pragmatic-entrepreneurs-employees-productivity), so we’re very well versed in remote working. But even so, going from ten+ flights a year and three+ days of face-to-face meetings a week to none at all has been a pretty radical change.

Of course we remain in the midst of a pandemic. But it won’t last forever. And with luck we can take the positives that come from the experience (increased technical literacy, reduction in emissions and the acceptance of remote working) forward with us.

It’s so hard to summarise what the team have accomplished this year. And it feels like yesterday that I posted the 2019 TL;DR (https://edge.network/en/updates/network/2019-tldr/).

Since then I’ve written 51 weekly updates, charting the year in development terms in real time.

Here are a few of my highlights:

  • Moving API to version 6, aligning it directly with the network’s codebase
  • The introduction of Edge Console
  • The launch of subscriptions for CDN, enabling end to end service delivery and payment within Console
  • The development of disk cache and lightning cache for Gateway
  • The development of cache recovery, a feature that persists the cache on Gateway to disk, enabling reindexing on reload
  • Moving away from Consul in the main to a network native solution for device management
  • The success of early stage testing and POC for Edge Storage
  • The addition of Gif support to CDN 💃
  • Being a finalist in the 2020 Network Computing Awards, alongside Dell, Hitachi and IBM

Is that all? No, not really… 😅

  • The addition of a world of image manipulation functionality to CDN (see https://edge.network/en/content-delivery/documentation/ for a full breakdown)
  • The addition of the info command to Edge CLI
  • The addition of Mime type detection in CDN
  • The addition of audio support in CDN
  • Hitting 25 million image transformations in month with CDN
  • The introduction of stake management within Console (https://edge.network/en/updates/announcements/managing-stakes-with-edge-cli/)
  • The introduction of real time telemetry in the network over a proprietary data channel
  • The addition of full support for Etag headers
  • The addition of cache invalidation to CDN
  • The addition of the ability to edit distributions in the network
  • The completion of the specification for an “eventually synchronised” database layer in the network
  • Huge performance improvements across the stack (85% increases in delivery speed)
  • Hitting 50 million image transformations in month with CDN
  • The addition of a payment gateway to the Edit.com platform
  • The introduction of cancellation requests to the job queue on Gateway
  • The introduction of the watch service to Edge CLI, enabling the viewing of job performance on an individual Host device
  • Moving the MacOS version of Host in to Alpha testing
  • The introduction of adaptive queue sizing to Gateway
  • The creation of a network native routing solution for Stargate
  • The creation of an email sending service within the network (Edge Mailer)
  • Moving to live with a series of new DC partners to strengthen the network backbone
  • The completion of the specification for Edge Functions
  • The introduction of circular Payload Validation, which has Gateway periodically testing for expected responses from Host devices
  • Hitting 100 million image transformations in month with CDN
  • Getting new subnets approved by RIPE to enable broader peering arrangements to be made
  • Supporting Cookalong TV through 25 live streamed celebrity events in support of charity
  • +much more!

Not to mention the wonderful work that we’ve done in support of customers and partners like Tiipr, Monocle, BOL, Leo Burnett and many others…

And all this while fixing hundreds of bugs, giving the best support we could and maintaining network uptime at 100%.

The $EDGE Token

The end of March saw the announcement of our partnership with the TNC Group. This included a swap of the Edge token for a group coin, a proposition designed to provide liquidity, unlock near-term value and support the reissue of $EDGE with new contracts and greater reach. The partnership was also designed to bring complementary skill sets together and to cross pollinate ideas.

Whilst the original idea for a large-scale M&A programme in crypto is ambitious and has merit, the delays in execution have been very difficult to navigate, and have put a lot of pressure on community relations. It is important to stress that the Edge team recognises this and shares the frustration.

The Edge Network needs a liquid token to operate and to drive growth in capacity. The delays with unlock harm the network, which is demonstrable in the reduction of connected devices. These pressures will only increase as we push forward with business growth.

That said, we see the delays as an aside to the journey of Edge, and the team is prepared for the reissue of the token.

What’s in store for 2021

We founded Edge to uphold the founding principles of the Web through the democratisation of computational power. We’ve made great technological strides towards this, with an ecosystem that enables participation in the value generation of cloud computing.

As we move through 2021 and bring additional core services online, we hope to be able to bring much more of the vision for Edge to life.

You can see the full current roadmap for the project here:

https://github.com/edge/roadmap

Highlights:

  • Completing the replacement of Consul
  • Edge Storage moving to public beta
  • The full automation of Staking
  • Automating crypto payments
  • +much, much more besides

I want to take a moment to focus on Edge Storage. It makes up a significant part of our roadmap for the year, with the expectation that we will be moving to a public beta.

Storage in the network is radically different to existing storage solutions in market. It’s not a disk rental solution or a marketplace for individuals to sell their capacity one to one. It’s a service layer that makes use of the capacity in Host devices, automating device and capacity negotiation. There is no concept of a single file in the network; rather the network orchestrates the break up and distribution of files across hundreds of devices. Objects stored in the network are all fully encrypted, and can be encrypted with your own keys if you wish. This is similar in approach to crypto wallets, providing a completely secure and highly redundant storage solution. And of course, because it runs in the spare capacity of the devices all around us, it’s radically better for the environment than traditional and competing solutions.

Finally, a thank you

Edge is the world’s first edge network, and is at the cutting edge of developments in cloud computing. 2020 was a difficult but important year. We’re very excited for 2021.

A huge thank you to the entire Edge team for keeping keeping on 🙏, and to our community for sticking with us. Your ongoing support means a huge amount to the entire team. Thank you for being part of our journey.

There’s a lot in store for 2021 👀

In the meantime here’s to a fantastic New Year ❤️

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Thu, 31 Dec 2020 14:30:00 +0000 5fedc85b8c9007001a8925e9 Joseph Denne 2020-12-31T14:30:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 28th September, 2020 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-28th-september-2020 Hi everyone 👋

TNC delayed token unlock until the end of October. They completed their mainnet ahead of schedule and the business needs it live in support of core operations. Swapping now (fully automatic – there’s nothing for you to do) will save time later. We recognise the frustration that an additional delay brings, but believe that it will be for the best in the end.

Watch this space.

Note that the swap process will remain open until April 2021.

After completing the move away from Consul KV store the network team have made great progress with service monitoring events in Stargate. We now have realtime service data without the need for Consul, which has improved performance, especially for DNS where realtime service status is crucial for load-balancing and DNS exchange, the method deployed when a Stargate does not have sufficient Gateway and Host resources, and needs to offset traffic.

There are still some minor tweaks and bug fixes required, but we hope the first phase will be ready by mid October.

Fallback image support has been added to CDN, as well as some major improvements and bug fixes for GIF manipulation.

Before the next release we’ll also be further reducing the footprint of CDN.

The outage we had in Console API was caused by an overrun in CDN usage reports from nodes. 1,973,886 records had backed up as a result of a failed record consolidation process. This has now been resolved and updates are processing.

@Pastienot asked “We know one of the areas that prohibit growth was serious lack of volume on known/popular exchanges… and that was with us on ETH. The move to Sigma; could you include in your Friday address how you see the liquidity issue playing out?”

Liquidity in Edge was hampered by the bear market and a lack of interest in lower-ranking tokens. At the same time network services weren’t fully live, restricting use in the token for purchasing, which couldn’t be fully offset by staking.

The tokenomics were designed around ever restricting supply through network growth (which worked to an extent), and growth in demand for services (which didn’t get off the ground with new business running behind network growth).

The partnership with TNC was in part designed to address this by working with a company well versed in the space and demonstrably capable of managing volume and making a market.

TNC are using a build of Sigma as their own chain, moving this forward from the anticipated launch to better support their business operations today.

This answers the liquidity question for their operations in part: having real-world business using the chain drives volume. In addition as a group they are committed to backing liquidity and exchange support.

There’s no current plan for Edge to use the TNC mainnet directly long term. But it is being looked at. The primary considerations for the network are speed, foot print (we operate in some very low powered environments in terms of hdd/ram/cpu) and cost. In addition we need smart contracts.

There are a few options on the table for this, including ERC-20 (which I maintain is a fantastic platform).

Looking to the future, the tokenonmics for Edge will be similar to the original premise: real services purchased/swapped for the token to reimburse providers of capacity; liquidity driven through use; supply controlled by network size.

The key difference is that it will be supported by the TNC Group, meaning that their will be an at-scale commitment to liquidity and exchange reach.

On a separate note, staking values for network nodes are to be confirmed, but are likely to be mapped to existing stake levels. We’ll have an update on this front ahead of nodes being stakable again.

And finally for this week, a new site for a regional Leo Burnett office moved to final testing ahead of live. It’s built with Edit and API, with a Nuxt.js frontend and CDN for media delivery. A nice little showcase for the tech. I’ll share a link once it’s public.

And that’s it!

Enjoy your weekends.

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Fri, 02 Oct 2020 17:30:00 +0000 5fe61ecc8c9007001a8925e6 Joseph Denne 2020-10-02T17:30:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 21st September, 2020 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-21st-september-2020 Hi everyone 👋

Less than a week to the unlock of TNC. Thursday 01st is the date.

We’re still processing incoming swap requests, but be warned that swaps received this late in the day may not be processed ahead of the 01st. We’ll do what we can though!

The network team deployed a new version of Stargate to test.entwork that brings the capability to internally redirect DNS within the network. This version also has the hooks for a new BGP service, which is being built directly in to Stargate, replacing Bird.

Migration of the masternode layer is ongoing. We’re estimating a further two weeks to completion.

We made a new full time engineering hire to the network team. We expect to hiring further as we move to the end of the year, specifically looking to support growth in the Edit team.

We’re in the final throws of testing pre-live for the latest eCommerce build of Edit/Edit API, which includes subscription support. The first customer release on the tech will be live in early October.

Testing for the watermark feature for CDN completed. This will be released in mainnet in the next fortnight.

And that’s it for this week. Short + sweet.

Enjoy your weekends 👌

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Fri, 25 Sep 2020 17:30:00 +0000 5f71b7f1d0b9d8001921d334 Joseph Denne 2020-09-25T17:30:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 14th September, 2020 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-14th-september-2020 Hi everyone 👋

Happy Friday!

As part of the shift from Consul we have had to rebuild the service management layer in Stargate in order to handle service metadata, something required to determine which services are hosting apps in order to define DNS routing correctly across the network.

This means that on top of the KV changes discussed in earlier updates, we now have:

  • Service registration (RPC)
  • Service deregistration (RPC)
  • Service health (RPC)
  • Service metadata (RPC)

This is a significant move in the entire consul migration work stream. It should be ready to move out of test.network to the mainnet at the end of this month.

As part of this work we’ve also built in more intelligence to the network services layer, for example Stargates reporting on the Gateways connected to them directly:

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Arthur spoke about the why of moving on from Consul in yesterday’s AMA:

Network coordination and configuration sharing was and still is one of the key components to Edge. At the very beginning there was an immediate requirement to implement a solution that would last us long enough to work out exactly what we needed from it.

We introduced Consul early (not long after ditching ZooKeeper, but that’s a story for another time). As development progressed, it became clearer that what we needed from a decentralised network manifest was not always going to be covered by Consul, but introducing it was a level of technical debt we could, on balance, afford.

Predictably, it became sluggish when trying to handle the increased number of healthchecks as more devices connected. Unpredicabtably, it also didn’t cope with regular KV writes, so as more users onboarded with CDN we saw a rapid slowdown of deployment. When I say rapid, I mean it took something like 30 seconds to deploy a new instance of CDN, which might seem pretty fast for global deployment, but we could see it wouldn’t scale.

Over the last 12 months we’ve raised a number of issues relating to performance without adequate feedback. We’ve also seen a rather quick shift to monetisation methods that we don’t necessarily agree with, including the removal of features for non-enterprise users. To be an enterprise user we would need to host via Hashicorp owned infrastructure, which means it is no longer decentralised within our network.

“_For us, with all of the existing performance issues it is not yet a valuable option, so we took this opportunity to replace it with a system we’d been planning for far later in the roadmap._“

We’ve finished the last stages of the watermark feature for CDN, which has now been released to Testnet. The next major feature is fallback image support which will enable the return an image instead of an error message when a source file can’t be found or processed.

We’re involved in a pitch for a infrastructure project for a Gov. department here in the UK. It’s very early in the process, but there is great alignment with our technology.

We had a two hour AMA with Jason from TNC yesterday. Amongst other things he answered questions on future mergers, tokenonmics and the various businesses that make up the TNC Group. You can see a full transcript here:

https://edge.network/en/knowledge/network/ama-recap-september-17th-2020/

In summary: we’re on for 01st October for unlock.

We kicked off a partnership with a very promising blockchain company, specifically exploring how we can leverage their technology in the network to reduce fees and increase payout times. Separately to this we’re moving their site and explorer in to the Edge network. As soon as this is up - which should be this side of Christmas - we’ll share it with the community.

On new business efforts in general, Chris had this to say in the AMA yesterday:

“_It’s early days and we have a bunch to complete in support (the site update for e.g.), but the strategy is in place and is being executed on. We’re starting to see green shoots and there will be updates about new engagements as we move forward. We’re obviously focused on CDN in the main, but Edit is also a core focus for me. It’s a powerful set of tech and does a great job of demonstrating what the network is capable of._“

The market opportunity for CDN is highly significant. It was valued at 12 billion US in 2019, with well over a million paying customers in the space, and it is expected to reach a value of 50 billion by 2025.

After many years of development production testing it’s great to be in the midst of taking the tech to market. There’s so much scope for the platform and we’re really only just starting to scratch the surface.

Anyway, that’s it for this week!

Enjoy your weekends 👌

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Fri, 18 Sep 2020 17:30:00 +0000 5f71b6e8d0b9d8001921d332 Joseph Denne 2020-09-18T17:30:00+00:00
AMA Recap: September 17th, 2020 https://edge.network/knowledge/network/ama-recap-september-17th-2020 Question 1

When Binance? (question which lingers for the past 3 years)

Joseph Denne: It’s a funny question, akin to “when moon”, but it’s also one that masks the effort and spend required to deliver on exchange listings at scale. Edge’s focus has always been on the tech first: it’s a long-term play. New exchanges for the group will come about through future mergers in the M&A programme as we move forward.

Question 2

Jason, a question, if the tokens are locked in the wallet, who are all trading on various exchanges at the moment? Why not let people withdraw their original coins till the time you can confirm OTC deal & provide confidence to people?

Jason Jang: We listed TNC on exchange at the end of April this year. All the trading activities on exchanges are part natural buyer and part event participants around the globe. The reason we are holding user’s token is simply following the contract and preparing for a synchronized release and launch. Also, any withdrawal issues on exchanges are not controlled by TNC.

Joseph Denne: To add to that, it’s important to note that the swap process is ongoing and we’re continuing to work through swap batches. And we’re still on track for Oct. 01st.

Question 3

What are the ‘many measures’ to prevent the collapse of the token price upon unlock (as mentioned in the official TNC grounp)?

Jason Jang: TNC team develop new platform recently which will be open up to public very soon. Not just capital injection, we are planning to manage the market with real circulation and utilization of TNC. Our plan was never depending on big exchanges. Market style must change its orientation. Trading on exchange should not be the only solution for crypto. TNC new project will let you experience actual usage of TNC coin. New platform and usage of TNC will generate true circulation outside of exchange and this will prevent the collapse of the token price.

Chris Mair: Much of what is being done as a group is focused on the creation of real-world value. There’s good alignment here between Edge and TNC.

Follow Up: Hi Jason. Care to elaborate on this new platform? Tell us a little more about what it is?

Jason Jang: News will be posted on TNC public channel.

Question 4

The order books are incredibly thin. People who’ve received airdrops alone can wipe out all available buy orders. Where is liquidity for this token coming from - - and please don’t say trading comps because you tried that already.

Jason Jang: We already cover this issue in question 3. So please refer to that answer.

Question 5

Please clearly articulate the use and utility of the TNC token. Why should I hold this token long term?

Jason Jang: TNC will introduce various market platforms for crypto in the near future. Buyaladdin and New platform will start the movement. Holding the coin or not is up to you alone - we are not here to consult your future investment. I do believe we’ll do great yet it’s my opinion only.

Joseph Denne: It’s worth noting that TNC will be used for staking, service purchase and payouts in the Edge network post unlock.

Question 6

When will we receive details on the staking function of TNC?

Jason Jang: Staking function and mainnet development news is on its way. Please wait for our public telegram chat room news and public announcement on this.

Question 7

Why would you expect new investors to come in and buy TNC on the exchanges, when they know that a huge number of coins will be dumped every month by merged projects who got the coins at a 50x lower price? (please don’t say because of buyalladin)

Jason Jang: Dear EDGE users, please note that since you are one of the 1st merger groups, you are receiving a larger benefit. 2nd and 3rd merger companies will not get this amount of TNC for their SWAP. We already closed the investment pool. We are not looking for further investors at the moment. Our initial investor group are ready to support the exchange market.

Question 8

What’s the relationship between Playfuel and TNC, and how does this impact the merger going forward?

Jason Jang: PLF is one of the coin projects that TNC group support and invest in. PLF and TNC is separate company and will not affect each other. No airdrop or swap.

Question 9

How is the Mainnet of TNC going to work, Centralised or Decentralised?

Jason Jang: We do have a plan to deploy the mainnet, yet not ready to open up the news. Decentralized one for sure.

Question 10

How are you going to pay for Proof of Play, making more $TNC?

Jason Jang: Proof of Play is one of the concepts we studied in early stage of development. All the injection will be managed by sub company who wishes to issue the token under TNC.

Question 11

10 addresses hold 99,99% of TNCs available. How are you securing these assets?

Jason Jang: 10 addresses? Are you looking at the TNC group wallet? 80 percent of TNC is secured in 10 different wallets. It is not for circulation, so do not worry.

Question 12

On TNC roadmap, Q1 of 2021 is TNC Mainnet Launch. We are swapping until Q4 2021. How are we going to make this process from ERC-20 to TNC Mainnet during the swap?

Jason Jang: If we launch the mainnet then there will be one more migration we will need to perform. You don’t have to worry it’ll be automatic migration.

Question 13

Can you give a final confirmation for the unlock and the 0.04USD deal?

Jason Jang: October 1st is set date and we will follow. The OTC part of the deal has not been confirmed yet, and once this is done before the unlock date, it will be communicated officially through the website. Liquidity provider and other investor will support the market value for sure. Please wait for our announcement.

Question 14

Among the many cryptocurrencies the TNC/ABBC Group have minted, there are Playfuel (PLF), Homeros (HMR) and TNC Coin which all share the ‘gaming blockchain’ as their main goal. They also share extremely similar whitepapers, down to all three using the ‘proof of play’ consensus protocol. Can you clarify what the differences between these are and why TNC coin is branded as a gaming network and does not have or even explain the M&A program as its core vision?

Jason Jang: Please read the white paper again and also read TNC book https://tncitgroup.com/tncbook.pdf . These provide a lot of information.

Follow Up: I specifically asked why the three whitepapers I read are so similar and all contain the same ‘proof of play protocol’.

Joseph Denne: As I understand it, they will be using the TNC mainnet (/ elements of it) as it is pushed out – so a lot of cross pollination.

Question 15

How are you going to introduce to the market the 1/2 trillion - TNCs ecosystem?

Jason Jang: why 1/2 trillion? We only open up for 20 percent which covers first 100 companies. If you look closer on token economy for TNC, 50 percent of that 20 percent will be locked for at least 1 year. Also, the other 50 percent is following the merger completion. Now we only close 5 merger companies. If you do the math, this only open up 5 percent. Within this 5 percent, only 10 percent will be released to the market.

Follow Up: TNC token distribution plan: • 50% - TNCs ecosystem • 50% - Swap Projects

So, if we Open 5% TNCs for Swap, it will be Maximum 5% TNCs ecosystem? Total of TNC in the market: 10%?

Jason Jang: 1 trillion TNC. 500 billion for merger; 500 billion for ecosystem; for now, we are processing first 100 companies. So, 100 billion for merger; 100 billion for ecosystem. Since we are in 1st group of mergers which is 5 companies only 5% for merger tokens and 5% for ecosystem tokens. These are the only supply amount in the market.

Question 16

How about 90% of TNC token burn/lock? Will it still happen?

Jason Jang: 80 percent for exact. If TNC stop processing the merger after 100 companies, then 80 percent of TNC will be burned for sure.

Question 17

If you burn/lock, let’s say 50% of TNCs created for Swap Projects, are you going to burn/swap the same amount of TNCs created for the Ecosystem?

Jason Jang: Yes. With same ratio.

Question 18

You said in a YouTube interview that in the future there will be many TNCs. When are you expecting these TNCs will be created and who is going to receive them?

Jason Jang: More mergers, more tokens! As we increase the merger joining companies, swap process will release more TNC coin to the market.

Follow Up: I think the question refers to that you said there will be 3 different TNC tokens/coins with different functions.

Jason Jang: 3 different TNC is for later. You’ll not see this development right away. It is the plan after the stabilization completed. trading / stable / utility

Question 19

To succeed with the 500 company merger program, TNC will need very large capital reserves. Who is funding TNC and do these investors retain company shares or tokens only?

Jason Jang: This information is not for me to open up in this session. Commercially sensitive information, sorry.

Question 20

The former TNC CEO and founder Bruce Jeong was very outspoken and promoting TNC on numerous venues until shortly before the mergers were announced. Then he stepped down without explanation and deleted all his social media profiles (e.g LinkedIn). What happened?

Jason Jang: No comment on this issue. I will not speak about this matter ever in public.

Question 21

In the official TNC telegram group, Korean administrators do not have the slightest information regarding the project, any questions are answered so that we can look at the site. Will normal administrators be added who really work in the company and who can communicate in English without Google Translate?

Jason Jang: I’ll see what I can do to improve communication for English holders.

Question 22

There was mention of new smart contracts for Edge. What are these for and how do they fit in with Edge as a token?

Joseph Denne: There has always been a requirement for a more developed use of smart contracts in the network, for example to enable the direct staking and de-staking of nodes. Work on this was de-prioritised over focusing on the core network code, but the requirement remains and it is in planning and development. The alignment of the contracts to value is important in that they relate directly to token use in the network. There’s a bunch of work ongoing on this front, which will be released for discussion in due course.

Question 23

Moving away from Consul seems like a huge job and we’ve heard about it a lot. Why are you doing it and how does it benefit the network?

Arthur Mingard: It absolutely is a huge job. Network coordination and configuration sharing was and still is one of the key components to Edge. At the very beginning there was an immediate requirement to implement a solution that would last us long enough to work out exactly what we needed from it.

We introduced Consul early (not long after ditching ZooKeeper, but that’s a story for another time). As development progressed, it became clearer that what we needed from a decentralised network manifest was not always going to be covered by Consul, but introducing it was a level of technical debt we could, on balance, afford. Predictably, it became sluggish when trying to handle the increased number of health checks as more devices connected. Unpredictably, it also didn’t cope with regular KV writes, so as more users onboarded with CDN we saw a rapid slowdown of deployment. When I say rapid, I mean it took something like 30 seconds to deploy a new instance of CDN, which might seem pretty fast for global deployment, but we could see it wouldn’t scale.

Over the last 12 months we’ve raised a number of issues relating to performance without adequate feedback. We’ve also seen a rather quick shift to monetisation methods that we don’t necessarily agree with, including the removal of features for non-enterprise users. To be an enterprise user we would need to host via Hashicorp owned infrastructure, which means it is no longer decentralised within our network.

For us, with all of the existing performance issues it is not yet a valuable option, so we took this opportunity to replace it with a system we’d been planning for far later in the roadmap, and it’s coming along nicely!

Joseph Denne: This workstream also enables the use of Edge in a private network context, something that we envisage being taken to market as a standalone enterprise offering in due course.

Question 24:

How’s the new business drive coming along for Edge?

Chris Mair: Pretty well! It’s early days and we have a bunch to complete in support (the site update for e.g.), but the strategy is in place and is being executed on. We’re starting to see green shoots and there will be updates about new engagements as we move forward. We’re obviously focused on CDN in the main, but Edit is also a core focus for me. It’s a powerful set of tech and does a great job of demonstrating what the network is capable of.

Joseph Denne: There will be some real-world deployments that we’ll be able to share soon too.

Question 25

TNC Coin being added to the Abra app is great. Are there other integrations in the works?

Jason Jang: There will be various integration along the way. All the news will be shared through our public chat room. Abra app was processed by them not on us. More good movement will happen.

Question 26

How far along is the mainnet of TNC? Is there a whitepaper?

Jason Jang: Please visit our website and d/l the whitepaper. https://tncitgroup.com/whitepaper.pdf

Follow Up: To what kind of clients/companies/sectors (obv. without needing to break NDAs) has the TNC network given edge access to and has it led to new business acquisition yet?

Jason Jang: Supply chain, academy, government level of project are on the table. But this chat room is not the place to mention the name of the company or project name. Again, so sorry some of the information are limited to share.

Question 27

What time is the unlock on the 01st of October and what time zone?

Jason Jang: I believe it will follow Dubai time. It will be announced through public chat room in the coming days.

Question 28

Jason Jang: TNC has invested in multiple projects and is building out an ecosystem that strengthens the entire group through larger communities, more reach and real-world projects.

Question 29

When will TNC token to coin swap be completed in Aladdin wallets?

Joseph Denne: We’re working through the remaining swap requests in batches. There’s been a little delay on the latest set, but we expect them to be processed soon.

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Fri, 18 Sep 2020 09:30:00 +0000 5f64b467d0b9d8001921d330 Bolaji Oyewole 2020-09-18T09:30:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 07th September, 2020 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-07th-september-2020 Hi everyone 👋

We’ve been flat out with the latest iteration of Edit and API this week, pushing towards release at the end of the month.

We have resolved some issues with session reporting that were introduced during the move to new infrastructure over the last few weeks.

The new CDN watermark feature is coming along nicely, with a couple of changes flagged in the alpha tests due to be completed next week. The first full release of this functionality follow on from that in short order.

We span up new Stargates in a few new locations, ahead of bringing the latest build of the BGP layer for the network online. We’re pushing for a broader spread of coverage, reconfigured to better reflect the live usage patterns in the network that we’ve been aggregating and analysing since CDN first moved to live.

We also firmed up plans for the upgrading of the contract layers in the network, focused on the provision of deeper service connectivity and moving to trustless transactions for actions such as device staking. We’ll be publishing details about this in due course.

New business activity progressed well, and we’re edging closer to the release of a refresh of the Edge Network site in support of this activity.

And that’s it for now.

Enjoy your weekend 👌

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Fri, 11 Sep 2020 17:30:00 +0000 5f64b7a7d0b9d8001921d331 Joseph Denne 2020-09-11T17:30:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 31st August, 2020 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-31st-august-2020 Hello everyone 👋

Monday was a bank holiday in the UK so it’s been a short week here, although no less packed than usual.

test.network has been refactored and is now up and running with a set of DC partners. This is the latest milestone in moving on from Consul.

We’ve now successfully migrated both mainnet and testnet over to the new infrastructure and have also migrated ACL. The next step is to complete the new BGP setup, which will deliver a far more comprehensive global spread for DNS and service lookup. (Reach and speed here as very important as they are the entrance point to the network.)

CDN is losing weight. We’re currently implementing docker-slim, a package that removes all of the noise from a container, which should see a significant reduction in the disk space required to run CDN. Freeing up this space will give more space for Filestore and other applications in the pipeline, which in return should increase the earning capability of devices.

Job opportunity alert 🚨 Edge + Edit customer Monocle is recruiting for a junior-mid level developer and a senior developer to lead their internal team. Monocle is fantastic operation with a real clarity of vision in the publishing space. If you’re interested please feel free to drop me a line and I can share the specifications and make introductions.

We’re in the last straight with the latest Edit eCommerce platform delivery, which will be live in early October.

There are two new engagements due to be kicking off this month. And we’re pushing ahead with sales efforts. Updates to the Edge site are still work in progress, but we’re getting there!

Cookalong TV has now held 19 celebrity events and is now working on a move in to corporate events. We’re assisting with this in the form of platform support.

Thank you for the questions submitted so far for the next AMA. A reminder that is scheduled for the 17th, and will be with Jason, Chris, Arthur and I.

Oh, and we’ve bought the Edge site up to date with my weekly updates. They’re all - 74 and counting! - available here: https://edge.network/en/updates

Enjoy your weekends.

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Fri, 04 Sep 2020 17:30:00 +0000 5f525d49655e880012717f06 Joseph Denne 2020-09-04T17:30:00+00:00