Edge Latest articles from the team en 2022 Edge Network Technologies Ltd. All rights reserved. Wed, 07 Dec 2022 03:39:22 +0000 2022-12-07T03:39:22+00:00 en 2022 Edge Network Technologies Ltd. All rights reserved. Edge https://edge.network/assets/img/dadi-logo-colour.png https://edge.network Weekly Update: W/C 21st November, 2022 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-21st-november-2022 https://cdn.edge.network/uploads/media/2022/11/29/190.png Good evening @everyone 👋

This week the team have been busy continuing to build the Governance portal. The user interface is coming along nicely. We can’t wait to show you.

Next week the activity area (comments, voting activity) is going to be advanced, and the API integrated. After that it’s on to mobile support.

The Governance API, which sits in between the user interface and the blockchain, has come a long way too. Indexing features have been implemented, which allows it to keep track of proposals being created, as well as comments and votes for proposals. There has also been some work integrating a streamlined beta version of Edge Storage for proposal and comment content storage.

Over on the XE blockchain, the governance protocol has been implemented, and is now undergoing tests before being integrated into the Governance API.

To take part in the project governance wallets will require a governance stake. Each wallet can only have one of these. One stake, one vote.

Posting proposals, commenting, and voting will cost XE. Everything happens on chain, meaning that there will be a full public history of governance. All XE for these activities will be sent to a fee wallet — and we’ve designated the zero address (xe_0000…0000) for this purpose.

That means all XE spent on project governance will be burnt 🔥

Alongside work on governance, there was a fix deployed to Index yesterday, with v2.0.5 being deployed to mainnet, fixing a couple of bugs in blockchain sync.

Marketing activity continues, with all social channels remaining active and present. The team are exploring some ideas around expanding the marketing team, and will share more with you when this has developed further.

It may only be a short update this week, but don’t be fooled, it’s been a busy week and there are some great things happening behind the scenes. The aim is to have project governance ready and available within three weeks, so we’re working hard and late to hit this target.

Tune in next week for more 🍿 time!

Enjoy your weekends 🍻

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Fri, 25 Nov 2022 18:30:00 +0000 6385cc13bedf59001a59bbbd Adam K Dean 2022-11-25T18:30:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 14th November, 2022 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-14th-november-2022 https://cdn.edge.network/uploads/media/2022/11/21/189.png Good evening @everyone 👋

Work on project governance progresses at a strong pace — we’re on track to launch before the end of the year. The interfaces are looking fantastic: fast, simple, and effective. We’re very excited to be able to show them to you, and to enable governance on-chain.

The first few governance proposals have been drafted by one of our founders. They cover the planned burn of project revenues, adjustments to staking requirements, development prioritisation, and a few other items besides.

For governance to be a success the project needs as high a level of participation as possible. We’ll be calling on all of you to engage with the proposals and to vote accordingly.

This week saw just one mainnet deployment, with Index v2.0.4 being released. This patch contained a few bug fixes relating to node data. We’re aware of a few other issues with the index API, mostly around sorting. We’ll be fixing these over the coming weeks. I think we can all say that the Explorer experience is much smoother now with the new index!

There was a question about hardware wallets in the community this week, and I think that my follow up is worth reposting here. While we don’t have third party hardware wallet support for XE yet, it is easy to put your XE into cold storage. Note that for $EDGE you can use any hardware wallet with standard ERC-20 support.

For XE, it is possible to securely generate a wallet. The aim of this is to generate a wallet and transfer XE to it without the private key existing on a machine that has access to the net. You’ll need a machine that you’re happy to wipe, depending on how confident you are in the security of your devices (or how paranoid you are), you can either use a sandboxed virtual machine or a physical machine you’re happy to wipe. (Another option is to use a live CD to run a temporary operating system.)

Once you have your machine, you’ll connect to the internet and load up https://wallet.xe.network/ in a browser, and then disconnect from the internet. Disable WiFi, disable bluetooth, and unplug any network cables etc. Then you click “Create wallet”, and make a physical copy of the wallet address and private key. If it helps, breaking the key out into sets of four works well. You don’t need to type in a password or go through that process on the wallet, you just need a copy of the address and the key.

Next, we need to verify the private key has been copied down correctly. Cancel the Create wallet modal, and click Restore wallet. (Remember, we’re still offline. This machine should never again go online, so keep the network disconnected!)

Once the “Restore a wallet” window pops up, carefully type in the private key, and a password of your choice (this part doesn’t really matter, we’ll be wiping this machine soon.) When you’re done and you’ve clicked Restore, you’ll be taken to the wallet as usual. You won’t see any block information or transactions, as that uses the internet. Pay careful attention to the wallet address displayed at the top. This should match the address you wrote down. If you see a different address, you’ve entered the wrong private key. Any private key is technically valid, but it’s important to have the right one.

If you see the correct address, fantastic, you now have access to a wallet without it having ever been near the internet. You have the wallet address which you can send your XE to, and you can access that with your private key should you ever want to transfer the XE away, but until that point, there is practically* zero chance of your private key being leaked.

If the wallet address doesn’t match, do all this again, and be more careful when copying your private key. Even a single character being wrong will lead to a totally different wallet.

Once you’re happy that you’ve created your cold wallet, it’s time to wipe down the machine. How you do this depends on your approach to sandboxing or air gapping your machine. To be entirely safe, the operating system should be wiped — with a live OS approach, simply remove the disc/flash drive and restart the machine. For a VM, you’ll want to shut it down and delete it, and for a natively installed OS, you’ll want to reinstall your OS. The reason for this is that not only do we want to disable any ability for any nefarious program to communicate your private key with the outside world while you’re generating/typing it, but we also want to make sure there aren’t any key- or screen-loggers capturing data that wait for a network connection before transmitting upon reconnection to the internet.

Now, this may all seem a little bit cloak and dagger, and the level of precaution you take is entirely up to you. The web wallet itself is secure, runs entirely client-side, and the only outward communication it has is to send locally signed transactions to the blockchain. The mobile wallet uses industry standard iOS security protocols, and is entirely client-side too. But for those of you who like to have the ultimate peace of mind, the above allows you to create a cold storage wallet more secure than any hardware wallet.

(* There are of course very esoteric side cases where even air gapped machines can exfiltrate data but the reality is that if you’re being targeted by such sophisticated methods, you’ve got more to worry about than your XE.)

And as I said, as $EDGE is ERC-20, you can store it in most hardware wallets.

The team have also been working this week on a number of improvements for the wiki, including video tutorials and demonstrations. These will be useful both to users who want an understanding of the services, as well as for sales channels too, demonstrating the power of Edge. We’ll share these with you over the next few weeks.

And that’s all for now!

Enjoy your weekends folks 🍻

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Fri, 18 Nov 2022 18:30:00 +0000 637bfe3abedf59001a59bbb9 Adam K Dean 2022-11-18T18:30:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 07th November, 2022 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-07th-november-2022 https://cdn.edge.network/uploads/media/2022/11/14/188.png Joseph:

Good evening everyone 👋

Adam:

Evening all!

Joseph:

Before we get into the week’s deliveries and updates, I want to take a moment to talk about project governance for Edge.

As we’ve spoken about before - in fact as part of the very first project white paper - Edge is on a path towards becoming a fully decentralised organisation.

The infrastructure of the Web shouldn’t be in the hands of any single individual or organisation. It should be open and available to all to participate in and to benefit from. We are in a world where the vast majority of web services are run for the benefit of just a handful of organisations. And those organisations do not have your best interests at heart. Not only do you pay for their services, but in a very real sense, you are the product too: the data that flows in and out of their cloud platforms is monitored and monetised.

Edge aims to change this relationship… to give access to the wealth generation event that cloud services represent to everyone.

Later this year we will be launching project governance. Governance for Edge will exist as an on chain mechanism within XE. You will be able to connect an XE wallet; to create a governance stake; to raise proposals for the project; to view, comment and vote on existing proposals; and to access an archive of previous proposals.

The portal is a new platform built by the Edge core team. It will be fully open source and available for others to use and build on. It will be accompanied by documentation about how governance works for Edge, along with a guiding set of principles for anyone else to take and use.

We have taken this approach because we believe there is a need for a simple, clean and efficient set of governance interfaces. While there are platforms that exist elsewhere, they are generally over engineered and present barriers to participation.

Governance in the Edge Network is designed to be:

  1. Participatory. Community participation is key to the success of the network. Governance must be informed and organised.
  2. Consensus Oriented. There will be multiple points of view for each aspect of the network. The governance mechanism is designed to facilitate healthy and open debate.
  3. Accountable. Proposals that are raised through the governance mechanism must be followed up on by the core team.
  4. Transparent. Information must be freely available and directly accessible to those who will be affected by the proposals raised through governance.
  5. Responsive. Proposals should be responded to within a reasonable timeframe.
  6. Effective and Efficient. The governance mechanism should produce results that balance the needs of stakeholders while making the best use of the resources at hand.
  7. Equitable and Inclusive. There should be no barriers to community involvement in governance.

The core team must abide by these guiding principles in relation to project governance, and publish proposals for any change to the network that materially impacts:

  1. The tokenomics of the network
  2. The involvement of the community in network governance
  3. The ability of the community to contribute capacity to the network
  4. The operation of the network as a services layer for Web3
  5. Live or planned services on top of the network

Furthermore, no movement in the $XE held within the growth fund may be made without a proposal being raised and passed by the community.

While governance is open for anyone to participate in, there will be a membership layer as part of the DAO in time. You can think of this as the operational layer of the project. At the moment day-to-day operations are handled by the management team at the not for profit organisation. These operations will be moved to the DAO. The intention is that the membership layer acts as the steering committee/board for the project, reviewing and passing proposals, handling partnerships, listings and other organisational functions. Membership will be on an application basis, and its functions are likely to be accessed via the ownership of an NFT.

This side of things is still being worked out, and I’ll share more as the model evolves. Future changes will also be put to a governance vote.

Adam:

Exciting stuff!

Development of the governance portal and integration with XE is well underway and I look forward to our weekly updates over the next few weeks where we’ll be discussing the progress of the project with you, and maybe even a few sneak peaks!

Aside from the work on governance, this week we’ve been busy delivering updates to all corners of the network. The Community Wiki was updated on Monday with the very latest on projects, governance information, and commercial support.

Now we know that the explorer has been a little bit slow of late. The service that provides all the data for the explorer, Index, had reached the point where it was no longer performant for the amount of traffic it was receiving. We always knew this would be the case, and so the time had come to rebuild the Index API. Yesterday, Index v2.0.0 was released, and boy, is it fast!

If you pop on over to the explorer you’ll see just how quick it is. There are still a few more optimisations that we have planned for the future, but you should now be able to sort, search, and dig your way through blocks, transactions, stakes, and nodes, with minimal waiting time.

Index v2.0.1 followed shortly after containing a few minor fixes, and v2.0.2 and v2.0.3 were deployed today, again, with a few minor fixes.

Stargate v2.13.0 was deployed to mainnet, improving distributed networking, and making it ready for a multi-Stargate network. There is still work to be done but this is a step in the right direction. The minor update also introduced the ability for Index (and other apps) to connect to multiple Stargate and retrieve data such as session data & work snapshots.

Finally, Account v1.13.0 and Account API v1.9.0 were deployed to mainnet, adding VNC support for Edge Servers. This includes limited but working mobile support. We’ve done our best to make it accessible on mobile devices but if you have any issues, let us know.

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VNC inside of the account interface

As a reminder, in your Edge account interface you’ll find a unique referral link, which you can share with your friends, colleagues, and social channels. You will receive 10% commission on the usage of anyone who signs up using your referral code for the lifetime of their engagement. This can easily add up to a highly significant amount

And that’s all for this week. Enjoy your weekends 🍻

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Fri, 11 Nov 2022 18:30:00 +0000 63722cb4bedf59001a59bbb4 Joseph Denne 2022-11-11T18:30:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 31st October, 2022 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-31st-october-2022 https://cdn.edge.network/uploads/media/2022/11/06/187.png Good evening @everyone 👋

This week we introduced customer support to the account system 💥

Live chat is available to everyone, with an optional paid tier for priority support, which includes phone support, quicker response times, and optional account management. This means customers can now get help from the support team without leaving the page, and without having access to Discord.

Additional capacity for Edge Servers was brought online in the UK #1 London region. We’re continuing to work on expanding both the capacity of the current London region along with introducing new regions too. Expect more on that over the coming months.

Account API v1.8.1 was deployed to mainnet earlier this week, introducing backend functionality for priority support subscriptions and server backup charges.

Account v1.12.4 was then deployed to mainnet introducing the frontend functionality for live chat, priority support, subscription billing, and server backup charges.

Account v1.12.5 then followed, which contained a small fix to ensure that live chat sessions are closed upon signing out of your account.

We have a number of releases coming next week, including in-browser interactive virtual consoles for Edge Servers, which will allow you to control your server directly from within the account interface.

We’ll also be releasing a new and improved, plus much more performant Index API. Thank you to those of you who have reported the slowness issues with the current Index API. We’re committed to providing transparency and access to data without limits, but would ask that consumers play nice in their consumption of APIs. Keeping the frequency of requests down means we won’t have to put into place any API key support or rate limiting.

As a reminder, in your Edge account interface you’ll find a unique referral link, which you can share with your friends, colleagues, and social channels. You will receive 10% commission on the usage of anyone who signs up using your referral code for the lifetime of their engagement. This can easily add up to a highly significant amount.

We continue to migrate clients over to the new billing platform and to Edge Servers, CDN, and DNS, as well as managed accounts. This activity should increase even further as we continue to introduce clients to the new system.

We’re also working on a number of exciting opportunities, some of which have been introduced to us by community members. If you think you know someone that could benefit from working with Edge, or if you have a potential partnership in mind, reach out to us.

And that’s all for now!

Enjoy your weekends 🍻

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Fri, 04 Nov 2022 18:30:00 +0000 63679b23bedf59001a59bbb1 Adam K Dean 2022-11-04T18:30:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 24th October, 2022 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-24th-october-2022 https://cdn.edge.network/uploads/media/2022/10/31/186.png Good evening @everyone 👋

This week we’ve been working on a number of features and improvements to the account system, including the support system, a paid-for priority support feature which comes with guaranteed response times, billing system support for managed accounts, and server backup charges.

Some of these improvements are already live on mainnet, with the rest coming early next week.

Additionally, a number of releases were made this week:

Account API v1.7.0 was deployed to mainnet. This introduced subscription functionality, which will be used soon for enhanced support subscriptions, with more subscriptions planned for the future.

Explorer v1.21.5 was deployed to mainnet. This update improved the performance of the network map.

@edge/xe-utils v1.5.0 was published to npm. This added a new distributed networking component which will be used by Stargates in upcoming updates.

Host v2.6.0-88 was deployed to mainnet, fixing an issue with the crop resize method when used in conjunction with width and height parameters.

We’ve also been working with a number of potential partners, exploring the possibilities of integrating the various Edge services into partner services. We continue to develop these opportunities and should you have any potential partnership opportunities, do let us know. Rewards are available.

…and that includes referring customers to Edge. In your Edge account interface you’ll find a unique referral link, which you can share with your friends, colleagues, and social channels. You will receive 10% commission on the usage of anyone who signs up using your referral code for the lifetime of their engagement. This can easily add up to a highly significant amount.

We continue to migrate clients over to the new billing platform and to Edge Servers, CDN, and DNS, and you’ll have noticed that your Hosts are much busier than they used to be. This activity should increase even further as we continue to introduce clients to the new system.
And that’s all for this week. Keep an eye out for deployments early next week!

Enjoy your weekends 🍻

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Fri, 28 Oct 2022 17:30:00 +0000 635fab16bedf59001a59bbae Adam K Dean 2022-10-28T17:30:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 17th October, 2022 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-17th-october-2022 https://cdn.edge.network/uploads/media/2022/10/24/185Site-1666600627839.png Good evening @everyone 👋

This week we have been focused on a number of features for the Edge account platform, including adding a support system, charges for server backups, and enhanced billing options for commercial partners. It’s been a busy week, which also saw a number of releases.

Account API v1.6.0 and Account v1.11.1 were released to mainnet. These updates improve server and content delivery management, add the option to enable 2FA manually as an alternative to using the QR code as well as more design consistency across the UI and updated dependencies.

Account v1.11.2 then followed, fixing a minor UI bug.

CLI v1.7.7 was made available to download on mainnet and testnet. This patch fixed some issues with stake management. You can install the update by running edge update (or edgetest update for testnet).

Account API v1.6.1 and Account v1.11.3 were deployed to mainnet. These fix a couple of issues with underscores in domain names.

Gateway v2.11.6-166 was deployed to mainnet. This update added a ‘disconnect grace period’ allowing gateway to remain operational for a time should Stargate become unavailable. This allows us to update Stargate without any potential network downtime, whereas previously there was a chance that a slow reconnection would lead to momentary service unavailability.

@edge/xe-utils v1.4.2 was published to npm, adding a stakes type for wallets with stakes, allowing them to be accessed in TypeScript projects.

Gateway v2.11.7-169 was deployed to mainnet. This update fixed a small issue where very occasionally a socket would close prematurely leading to a write error.

Gateway v2.11.8-171 was deployed to mainnet which fixed an issue with uncaught cache exceptions causing process restarts.

Finally, to cap off the week, Gateway v2.11.9-174 was deployed to mainnet, reducing the volume of logs produced during normal operation, enhancing the ability of the team to spot adverse events.

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As we’ve mentioned previously, in the spirit of open source software, from which we all benefit so much, we’re taking part in Hacktoberfest this year, the month-long celebration of open-source projects, their maintainers, and the entire community of contributors. Want to learn more about how to participate? Take a look here: https://hacktoberfest.com/participation

In short, we have marked six public repositories with the #hacktoberfest tag: cli, discord-bots, explorer, wallet, mobile-wallet, and account. Feel free to attempt some of the issues in these repositories or, if you have an idea, why not give it a go? Be sure to read the CONTRIBUTING.md file in each repository and if you need any help, just let us know.

You can find all our open source repos on our GitHub page: https://github.com/edge

As ever, contributions are welcome and in the coming months, we’ll be introducing our new XE bounty program for open source contributors.

Now that CDN is live, the time to start referring is here. In your Edge account interface you’ll find a unique referral link, which you can share with your friends, colleagues, and social channels. You will receive 10% commission on the usage of anyone who signs up using your referral code for the lifetime of their engagement. This can easily add up to a highly significant amount.

We continue to migrate clients over to the new billing platform and to Edge Servers, CDN, and DNS, and you’ll have noticed that your Hosts are much busier than they used to be. This activity should increase even further as we continue to introduce clients to the new system.

Today we finished migrating the last of the legacy stakes, with 29 Host stakes migrated. This now concludes the legacy stake migration period.

And that’s all for now!

Join us again next week for 🍿!

Enjoy your weekends 🍻

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Fri, 21 Oct 2022 17:30:00 +0000 63564e26bedf59001a59bbab Adam K Dean 2022-10-21T17:30:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 10th October, 2022 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-10th-october-2022 https://cdn.edge.network/uploads/media/2022/10/15/184.png Good evening everyone 👋

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This week we launched Edge CDN, allowing consumers to deliver content across the globe, with nodes (your nodes!) in over 80 countries, helping offset the cost of asset manipulation and delivery. We’ve already moved over a number of clients and are serving hundreds of thousands of requests per hour across all Gateways.

The global cache hit rate stands at 97.1% currently, with over 20,000 items cached across all Gateways. Hosts are on average reducing the size of assets by 91.3%, and have processed over 10,000 asset transformations in the last 24 hours alone.

Here’s a live example of what the cache hit rate looks like:

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You can see the uptick in traffic on the back of CDN in the node-level statistics in the explorer as well:

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And the traffic we’re seeing is global. Here are some examples of community nodes from around the world…

Shanghai: https://xe.network/node/xe_F975D9D611e9F1DaF4E89141962a95037BE279d8?period=week

London: https://xe.network/node/xe_1e912cB1C0B2B9542D17b32484F0659b6ACf5C99?period=week

Los Angeles: ​https://xe.network/node/xe_07B86FA3d50b96B4390419E2DeB61dDfF67905d9?period=week (edited)

Tokyo: https://xe.network/node/xe_f8c97369C65F74B4BEEA2A6317D7BF1dA0af7e73?period=week (edited)

Frankfurt: ​​https://xe.network/node/xe_2749ae2F1F40048C0D63d6670d121ba0555be9DD?period=week (edited)

Mumbai: https://xe.network/node/xe_fAd475c5Dd918D99d4f5eBFb04213C0717f19619?period=week (edited)

The team have been busy across the board, with Stargate v2.12.1-257, Account API v1.5.2, Account v1.10.4, Host v2.5.0-86, Account v1.10.5, Stargate v2.12.2-261, Gateway v2.11.2-159, Mailer v2.0.2, Account API v1.5.3, Account v1.10.6, Account API v1.5.4, Gateway v2.11.5-163, and finally, Stargate v2.12.3-264, all having been deployed successfully.

To read the release notes, take a look at the 💾│releases channel in Discord at: ed.ge/discord

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As we mentioned last week, in the spirit of open source software, from which we all benefit so much, we’re taking part in Hacktoberfest this year, the month-long celebration of open-source projects, their maintainers, and the entire community of contributors. Want to learn more about how to participate? Take a look here: https://hacktoberfest.com/participation

In short, we have marked six public repositories with the #hacktoberfest tag: cli, discord-bots, explorer, wallet, mobile-wallet, and account. Feel free to attempt some of the issues in these repositories or, if you have an idea, why not give it a go? Be sure to read the CONTRIBUTING.md file in each repository and if you need any help, just let us know.

In the spirit of open source software… 🥁

The Edge account portal is now open source 💥

You can find it here:
https://github.com/edge/account

As ever, contributions are welcome and in the coming months, we’ll be introducing our new XE bounty program for open source contributors.

This is a pretty big deal for the network. It means that you can run the account system completely locally, connecting into the Edge Network anonymously via the API. It also means that you can white label it, and build your own cloud offering using Edge infrastructure.

As Adam mentioned last week, we have a list of new features and improvements coming soon, including priority support, server metrics, and much more. This week, post launch, we’ve been focusing on quality of life updates.

The new website is also coming along nicely, and we’re excited to be nearing the point of release.

Work is also underway to increase the number of Stargates operational on the network, and we continue to look at delegated staking on the blockchain.

Now that CDN is live, the time to start referring is here. In your Edge account interface you’ll find a unique referral link, which you can share with your friends, colleagues, and social channels. You will receive 10% commission on the usage of anyone who signs up using your referral code for the lifetime of their engagement. This can easily add up to a highly significant amount.

Over the coming weeks we have a number of commercial clients that will be migrating CDN over to Edge, using the account system. We’ve already started this progress, so if you run a node, keep an eye on your node metrics, we expect 📈!

And that’s it for this week.

Enjoy your weekends 🍻

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Fri, 14 Oct 2022 17:30:00 +0000 634a7a5cbedf59001a59bba8 Joseph Denne 2022-10-14T17:30:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 03rd October, 2022 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-03rd-october-2022 https://cdn.edge.network/uploads/media/2022/10/10/183.png Good evening @everyone 👋

This week we’ve been focused on getting CDN ready for release, and everything is on track for launch early next week. We’re super excited to be able to make CDN publicly available again. You’ll be able to see hourly metrics showing content delivery across all regions, and manage your deployment in real time with easy to use and advanced configuration options.

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This week saw two releases, with Stargate v2.12.0-255 and Gateway v2.11.1-156 being deployed to mainnet. These updates introduce content delivery usage aggregation, among other things, to the network, preparing the way for next week’s launch.

You may have noticed that our marketing efforts have ramped up recently. If you haven’t, be sure to take a look at our various social media profiles, and if you want to help, feel free to retweet and reshare and repost and tell your friends. We’ve got a great content schedule ahead of us, including today’s video on CDN:

https://twitter.com/edgenetwork/status/1578339785051086848

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Following next week’s CDN launch, we’ll be getting the account interface repository ready to open source, including instructions on how you can contribute to it, how you can run it on your machines, and how you can make use of the account API, should you wish to spin up services yourself.

And in the spirit of open source software, from which we all benefit so much, we’re taking part in Hacktoberfest this year, the month-long celebration of open-source projects, their maintainers, and the entire community of contributors. Want to learn more about how to participate? Take a look here:

https://hacktoberfest.com/participation/

In short, we have marked six public repositories with the #hacktoberfest tag: cli, discord-bots, explorer, wallet, mobile-wallet, and account (due to be made public very soon). Feel free to attempt some of the issues in these repositories or, if you have an idea, why not give it a go? Be sure to read the CONTRIBUTING.md file in each repository and if you need any help, just let us know.

In short, we have marked six public repositories with the #hacktoberfest tag: cli, discord-bots, explorer, wallet, mobile-wallet, and account (due to be made public very soon). Feel free to attempt some of the issues in these repositories or, if you have an idea, why not give it a go? Be sure to read the CONTRIBUTING.md file in each repository and if you need any help, just let us know.

We have a list of new features and improvements coming soon too, including priority support, server metrics, and more. The new website is also coming along nicely, and we’re excited to be giving the website a fresh new look. Work is underway to increase the number of Stargates operational on the network, and we continue to look at delegated staking on the blockchain.

With CDN launching imminently, the time has never been better to join the referral program. Every Edge account has a unique referral link, which you can share with your friends, colleagues, and social channels. You will receive 10% commission on the usage of anyone who signs up using your referral code for the lifetime of their engagement. This can easily add up to a highly significant amount.

Over the coming weeks we have a number of commercial clients that will be migrating CDN over to Edge, using the account system, so for you network contributors out there, keep an eye on your node metrics, we expect 📈!

And that’s all for this week. Be sure to keep an eye out early next week for announcements 🚀.

Enjoy your weekends!

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Fri, 07 Oct 2022 17:30:00 +0000 63442795bedf59001a59bba1 Adam K Dean 2022-10-07T17:30:00+00:00
The Carbon Offset Cloud https://edge.network/knowledge/network/the-carbon-offset-cloud https://cdn.edge.network/uploads/media/2022/09/25/offset_CTA.jpeg When you hear the word ‘offset’, you think about carbon, right? Planting trees to excuse whatever damage you still plan to do to the environment. But what if you could run your digital products in a cloud that was green from the off? One that didn’t demand more leaves to cover its indiscretions?

That’s Edge Network. By storing data on existing devices that have already paid a debt to our environment, it provides a greener alternative to the dirty warehouses run by Amazon, Microsoft and Google. Those devices are closer to the end consumer of the data, too, so less energy is used to ship your web pages and files.

Of course this doesn’t mean the world needs fewer trees. But it does mean that Edge – unlike traditional cloud services – won’t force you to offset to feel better about your infrastructure decisions.

There is, however, one offset that Edge does promote – and that involves cost. If you are a business with rows of desktop machines that do little each night but sleep, you could offer a substantial contribution to the Edge Network. This turns idle technology into revenue, which you can offset against your cloud services bill.

Think about it. Your business can tell its customers a positive story about greener digital services and take a chunk out of infrastructure costs at the same time.

Sound good? Contact us today via edge.network.

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Tue, 04 Oct 2022 13:00:00 +0000 6330cbf7bedf59001a59bb9d Will Lebens 2022-10-04T13:00:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 26th September, 2022 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-26th-september-2022 https://cdn.edge.network/uploads/media/2022/10/02/182.png Good evening everyone 👋

This week we moved a step closer to releasing CDN, with the team integrating billing for CDN into the Edge account system. Test deployments have been working successfully and we’ll continue to run tests over the weekend and into next week. We estimate that it will be available on mainnet within 1-2 weeks

The user interface for CDN has had configuration editing, domain management, and metrics implemented this week, with further work next week to finish up metrics and advanced configuration support. Everything else is working splendidly and we’re now testing, polishing, and putting the final few pieces into place.

Following CDN being released, there will be a number of additional updates to the account system, and once those are complete, we will press on with the interfaces for community governance. This will be accessed via the new website which is looking fan-tastic!

So many exciting things are happening right now.

Speaking of which, as some of you may know, the team have been working with the Mudas Capital project for some time. For those of you who don’t know, Mudas Capital is a new form of venture capital (VC) that’s created utilising the full potential of Web 3.0 technologies & systems.

Mudas supports the adoption of Web 3.0 by investing in projects that:

  1. Disrupt and in some cases replace legacy industries
  2. Encourage mass consumer adoption of Web 3.0 principles and practices
  3. Democratize early-investment opportunities in emerging tech
  4. Demonstrate regenerative economic principles

Mudas Capital is a DAO (Decentralised Autonomous Organisation), set up with the objective of merging venture investing with storytelling and narrative — an approach the DAO founders loosely label Adventure Capital.

Earlier this year, we showcased some of the amazing artwork at the heart of the project. For those of you who may have missed it, here it is again, 100% hand drawn by Brazilian artists:

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Mudas is being built by a large team of extremely talented people from all over the world, and is being put together on the Edge Network, which is providing hosting, DNS, CDN and the XE Blockchain.

The whole Mudas team have been working away on what we think is the most exciting and artistically rich NFT-centered project to date. With a solid mission, artwork that is out of this world, and a team bursting with talent, what’s coming is going to blow your minds. We’ll keep you up to date with the latest, as it happens, so you don’t miss the beginning.

Keep an eye out for updates on the Mudas Twitter for what’s about to come next, you won’t want to miss it: https://twitter.com/mudasnft

If you participate in their genesis and hold $EDGE in the same wallet, you’ll receive a 10% bonus. You can read more about the project on: https://mudas.capital

We’re also working on a number of potential partnerships, with services ranging from Edge Servers, DNS, CDN, and applications of Storage which, while currently experimental, is totally amazing. In addition to this, we’ve begun to ramp up our social activity across a number of social platforms, including posts like these:

https://twitter.com/edgenetwork/status/1575470756544266240

https://twitter.com/edgenetwork/status/1574685077816098816

https://twitter.com/edgenetwork/status/1574744974100500480

Want to help out? Spread the word — retweet, quote retweet, reshare. And if you’re on LinkedIn, we have posts there too, so tell your friends. Friends tell friends about awesome, environmentally responsible cutting edge projects:

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/edgenetwork_edge-futurecloud-crypto-activity-6981189950658461697-lhMa

Perhaps you’re a member of some underground technology groups, crypto-enthusiast laden Discord servers, or even just a local book club. Ask your friends if they’ve ever seen a decentralized website, show them https://thedecentralizedweb.com/ and invite them to join us as we build the next web.

And remember that your Edge Account includes a unique referral link. If you use this when sharing Edge with your friends, colleagues and social channels, you will receive 10% commission on their usage of the network for the lifetime of their engagement. This can easily add up to a highly significant amount.

Here’s some food for thought: say that the average digital agency handles 10 new projects a year; and that each of these has associated cloud costs of $3,600/month (this is the average spend globally on CDN per month, so while not the whole picture, it’s a useful benchmark); and that the same solutions on Edge will cost them $1,000/month. If you referred that agency, you would be receiving $1,000/month at the end of year one; $2,000/month at the end of year two; and so on. Now what if you referred five agencies to the network.

And that’s all for this week.

Enjoy your weekends!

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Fri, 30 Sep 2022 17:30:00 +0000 63395e11bedf59001a59bb9f Adam K Dean 2022-09-30T17:30:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 19th September, 2022 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-19th-september-2022 https://cdn.edge.network/uploads/media/2022/09/25/181.png Good evening everyone 👋

The team have been hard at work again this week, putting the finishing touches on the client-facing CDN management panels (see below), including an easy to use configuration tool that will make setting up content delivery deployments a breeze. We’ve also been working behind-the-scenes on the interfacing of the account system and Stargates, where the real magic happens as changes propagate through the network, first to Stargates, then to their Gateways, and from there to their Hosts.

Sneak peak! 👀

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But that’s not all… we’ve also been working on the mechanisms by which Stargates report content delivery usage metrics to the account system, so that you can see how your content is being delivered. This data will enable you to gain insights and make optimisation decisions, see the impact of caching rules, and more.

Additionally it will power billing for content delivery, which will be a simple pay-as-you-go model with two flat rates: one for requests, and one for outbound traffic. There will be no charges for inbound traffic from origins. We’ll talk through this in more detail soon.

Meanwhile, in the background, XE continues along, all systems nominal. The block time remains just over a minute. This week there have been roughly 500 transactions processed across the network, and 9,500 blocks mined.

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The connections between the geographically and topologically spaced XE nodes have been so calm, so very calm, that the chart I wanted to show you is… empty. There hasn’t been a single network socket event in the last 7 days. Not a single disconnection, reconnection, timeout, nothing. In the event of a network outage or adverse network conditions (such as a network-split), the XE protocol ensures that all nodes communicate with each other and synchronise, returning to a shared, common state.

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Index continues to serve, among others, the Wallets, the Explorer, and the account system, peaking at around 10 requests per second. Stargates no longer use Index for stake checks, but maintain their own local, optimised copies of the XE stake ledger.

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In total, Index maintains records of all 646,000+ blocks and all 16,000+ transactions, along with various index metadata and composed blockchain data too. Everything is nominal.

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CDN continues to deliver content with the help of 228+ Hosts with a cached content delivery ratio of 84.6%. This figure fluctuates however, sometimes reaching as high as 98%, and as we introduce more traffic to the network, the figure will stabilise, fluctuating less.

Remember that your Edge Account includes a unique referral link. If you use this when sharing Edge with your friends, colleagues and social channels, you will receive 10% commission on their usage of the network for the lifetime of their engagement. This can easily add up to a highly significant amount.

And that’s about it for this week. 📈🍷

Enjoy your weekends folks!

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Fri, 23 Sep 2022 17:30:00 +0000 6330bb91bedf59001a59bb90 Adam K Dean 2022-09-23T17:30:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 12th September, 2022 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-12th-september-2022 https://cdn.edge.network/uploads Good evening @everyone 👋

This week the team have been busy working away on our next milestone: CDN!

Content has been actively delivered by CDN v2 for over 6 months now, and during this time we have continued improving and optimising the content delivery pipeline. We’re now working towards making CDN available in the account system and have made great progress so far, with the backend work 80% complete and the user interface following swiftly.

Creating new CDN deployments from the UI is now fully functional, and next week we’re going to be putting the finishing touches on the editing of existing deployments and the display of deployment metrics, meanwhile we’ll also be working on CDN billing, which we’ll talk more about soon.

DNS has been publicly available now for two weeks, with 100% uptime across all 26 Stargate nodes. We’ve been working towards getting these Stargate nodes ready for network operations, after which they’ll start to accept connections from Gateways and will become visible in the network explorer.

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The team have also been increasing the capacity of Edge Servers. We’re currently running at 88.5% utilisation, and are expecting to double the current capacity in the next week or so. More on that soon!

Remember that your Edge Account includes a unique referral link. If you use this when sharing Edge with your friends, colleagues and social channels, you will receive 10% commission on their usage of the network for the lifetime of their engagement. This can easily add up to a highly significant amount.

This is the 180th of these updates! We enjoy writing them and it’s great to have an archive of how the network has developed over the years, including successes, failures and all of the little pivots that make up the day to day of a startup. As we move more and more services to a fully live footing, it would be good to hear if there’s anything further that you’d like to see included in the updates.

Next week will be shorter than usual for some of the team as Monday is a national holiday here in the UK. We’ll be back in force on Tuesday, ready to continue our push towards the CDN release. 💪

And that’s everything for this week.

Enjoy your weekends.

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Fri, 16 Sep 2022 17:30:00 +0000 632e11e1bedf59001a59bb8b Adam K Dean 2022-09-16T17:30:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 05th September, 2022 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-05th-september-2022 https://cdn.edge.network/uploads Good evening @everyone 👋

This week Edge DNS became available in the account system. Edge DNS is powered by the Stargate layer, made up of 26 nodes located around the world providing low latency, high resiliency domain name resolution.

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Adding domains (also known as zones) to Edge DNS is easy, and follows all the same conventions as other DNS providers.

We’ll be writing a guide on how to use DNS for beginners soon.

Edge DNS is competitively priced, with each zone costing $1 per 30 days, billed daily, unless you have any other Edge services in which case Edge DNS is completely free.

There are no usage charges, no matter how many queries Edge DNS answers. Try it out today by heading to: https://account.edge.network/

Alongside DNS, the team also delivered a number of updates to the account system, including the ability to display announcements in the account interface. There were some user interface fixes and improvements too, and some behind the scenes API improvements as well.

Over the past few weeks we’ve spoken about legacy stake migrations. This process has now come to a natural conclusion, with all requests having been processed. The final stake transfers will take place towards the end of this month, after which all stakes will then be present and accounted for on the XE mainnet. Thank you to everyone for your patience while we processed these.

The team are now busy working away on integrating CDN into the account system. We’ve already made some great progress with content delivery metrics being recorded through Gateways and Stargates, which will be consumed by the billing system. We think CDN should be generally available within 3-4 weeks, and we’ll keep everyone updated on our progress.

Thanks to community member @d736nsd64 for his help in improving the explorer metadata. With his help we’ve been able to go through a number of wallets used in an official capacity by Edge and add names and descriptions to them. The support of the community is hugely valuable to the project. If you want to pitch in, please just raise your hand – there’s no contribution too small.

Now for those of you who like stats and metrics, the XE blockchain mainnet has been running for 15 months now. In that time, there have been over 627,000 blocks, with over 15,000 transactions, an average of 33 per day. The XE nodes remain in constant communication with each other, but are designed to work independently and recover from any adverse network events. There have been a number of these over the last year or so, with XE always recovering gracefully, thanks to the simplicity of the XE protocol, which ensures that forks and supersessions are handled quickly and efficiently.

The XE nodes are separated geographically and topologically, ensuring that they are highly available at all times. The nodes form a mesh network, with messages passed among each other, coordinating and negotiating blocks & transactions, ensuring eventual consistency of the blockchain. Amazingly, there have been over 7,200,000,000 individual messages passed among the XE nodes since block 0.

Remember that your Edge Account includes a unique referral link. If you use this when sharing Edge with your friends, colleagues and social channels, you will receive 10% commission on their usage of the network for the lifetime of their engagement. This can easily add up to a highly significant amount.

This is the 179th of these updates if you can believe it! We enjoy writing them and it’s great to have an archive of how the network has developed over the years, including successes, failures and all of the little pivots that make up the day to day of a startup. As we move more and more services to a fully live footing, it would be good to hear if there’s anything further that you’d like to see included in the updates.

And that’s about it for this week, my friends!

Enjoy your weekends.

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Fri, 09 Sep 2022 17:30:00 +0000 6324d143bedf59001a59bb88 Adam K Dean 2022-09-09T17:30:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 29th August, 2022 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-29th-august-2022 https://cdn.edge.network/uploads/media/2022/09/07/update178-1662581756862.png Good evening @everyone 👋

This week was shorter than usual, as the team spent Monday doing whatever people do when they’re not building the next generation of network technologies (which is probably thinking about building the next generation of network technologies). We’ve had a great week working on integrating Edge DNS into the account system, and look ready for making it available next week.

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We’re just working through final UI tweaks and testing before rolling it out, after which we’ll be straight onto the integration of CDN, which includes some updates to Stargates and Gateways along with synchronisation of configurations and the network, and the reporting of usage and subsequent billing. It’s super exciting to see and we can’t wait to see people self-onboarding onto CDN again.

This week saw a single network deployment, with Gateway v2.10.1-152 being deployed to mainnet, introducing improved metrics for request queues. This allows us to monitor timeouts within the network, of which there are two types: reply timeouts (yellow) are when a Host doesn’t respond within a specific period of time, after which the request will be sent to another Host; and request timeouts (green) are when no Host responds within a specific (longer) period of time, after which a service unavailable message is sent back to the client. See below:

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Recently we’ve been reminding you that the stake migration window was closing at the end of August. It is now closed. Anyone who sent in a stake migration request before the window closed will be processed this month, but we ask that you reply swiftly to emails from the team so that we can process your request. Any requests yet to be processed by the end of September will not be processed. All unclaimed tokens will remain in the treasury. Please help us to help you get these stakes migrated as that will help us to focus on what matters most — building the Edge network.

This week the 🔖│links channel was born on Discord, a handy list of useful links to help you find information, web resources, wallets, and more. Big ❤️ to community member Pod for the suggestion, and to everyone else who has been contributing to the community.

As a reminder, your Edge Account includes a referral link. If you use this when sharing Edge with your friends, colleagues and social channels, you will receive 10% commission on their usage of the network for the lifetime of their usage.

And that’s it for this week my friends!

Enjoy your weekends.

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Fri, 02 Sep 2022 17:30:00 +0000 6318f78cbedf59001a59bb85 Adam K Dean 2022-09-02T17:30:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 22nd August, 2022 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-22nd-august-2022 https://cdn.edge.network/uploads Good evening @everyone 👋

Last week the Edge account system went live. The billing system has been working well, with FIAT purchases working smoothly and XE payments paying invoices daily across a number of accounts.

This week we’ve been busy extending the account system to support Edge DNS. Most of the underlying work has been completed, and next week we’ll be completing billing support for DNS, before making this available to you the following week. Edge DNS is globally available, and will be priced at $1 per zone (domain) per 30 days, or free if you have any other Edge service.

Following DNS, we’ll be moving onto CDN integration, allowing you to spin up your own content delivery service using the Edge network (v2). In the final quarter of 2022, alongside CDN, we’ll be working on community governance, putting into place a system that will allow anyone to put forth proposals and allow anyone in the community to vote and comment on these proposals.

Account API v1.1.1 was released to mainnet this week. This update improved the ability of various features to respond to changes in account status, and also included fixes for balance checks, which ensure that account statuses are managed correctly.

Stargate v2.11.1-242 & Gateway v2.10.0-148 were also deployed to mainnet. These updates introduced a more robust method of assigning requests to hosts, ensuring that slow requests are offered to other hosts to complete, while accepting the first valid response. A follow up release is planned for next week to introduce enhanced metrics to monitor this functionality.

As covered in last week’s update, most legacy stakes have now been migrated to XE stakes. This has had an incredibly positive impact on the team, as we now spend less time on administrative operations and more time on developing and promoting the project. We’re going to be closing the window for legacy stake migrations at the end of this month. If you haven’t yet migrated your legacy stakes over to the XE, now is the time. Submit your request now using the following form:

https://ed.ge/stake-migration-request

We have a number of people who submitted requests and then seemingly disappeared. If you’ve submitted a stake request but not yet received your stakes, please check your inboxes for emails from the team or get in touch with us at support@edge.network right away.

As a reminder, your Edge Account includes a referral link. If you use this when sharing Edge with your friends, colleagues and social channels, you will receive 10% commission on their usage of the network for the lifetime of their usage.

Next week we have a shorter week than usual, with Monday being the final national bank holiday of the year here in the UK. Some of the team have taken today off as well to enjoy a long weekend.

Whether you’re enjoying a long weekend too or just a regular one, do enjoy it, and we’ll see you Tuesday.

Enjoy your weekends 🍻

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Fri, 26 Aug 2022 17:30:00 +0000 631249b9bedf59001a59bb84 Joseph Denne 2022-08-26T17:30:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 15th August, 2022 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-15th-august-2022 https://cdn.edge.network/uploads Good evening @everyone 👋

This week the Edge account system went live. You can now use it to spin up Edge Servers and pay for them using XE. You can also purchase XE using credit and debit cards. 🎉

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Spinning up an Edge Server takes less than a minute, giving you near-instant access to computing resources for performing just about any task you can imagine. And remember, accounts with Edge are anonymous and secure.

We’ve had 46 accounts created so far. From those we’ve seen 64 servers created and 53 deleted leaving 11 servers active. We’ve processed 97 invoices, had 13 purchases, 9 of which were manual, and 4 which were auto top ups. From the 11 servers running, there are 27 vCPUs, 356 GiB of disk space, and 46 GiB of memory in use.

In addition to this, we’ve received some really great feedback from the community, some of which we’ve been able to address this week with a series of updates, so thank you to everyone who tried out the new system and fed back to us, both in the public channels and directly. Your feedback really does help us improve the systems, interfaces, and project as a whole.

The team have continued to work on DNS & CDN integration. CDN usage reporting is now complete for Stargate & Gateways, and we’re now working to integrate the Stargate DNS layer into the account system. We think this will be ready in about 2 weeks and can’t wait to share it with you.

Most legacy stakes have now been migrated to XE stakes. This has had an incredibly positive impact on the team, as we now spend less time on administrative operations and more time on developing and promoting the project. Towards this end, we’re going to be closing the window for legacy stake migrations at the end of this month. If you haven’t yet migrated your legacy stakes over to the XE, now is the time. Submit your request now using the following form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe5VzkKbhEcufyzvMHvtA7-RV6EBx1AZzjcQ7TQ0biOWzE8bg/viewform

We have a number of people who submitted requests and then seemingly disappeared. If you’ve submitted a stake request but not yet received your stakes, please check your inboxes for emails from the team or get in touch with us at support@edge.network right away.

Finally, your Edge Account includes a referral link. If you use this when sharing Edge with your friends, colleagues and social channels, you will receive 10% commission on their usage of the network for the lifetime of their usage.

And that about covers it for this week!

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Fri, 19 Aug 2022 17:30:00 +0000 63093d04bedf59001a59bb80 Adam K Dean 2022-08-19T17:30:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 08th August, 2022 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-08th-august-2022 https://cdn.edge.network/uploads Good evening @everyone 👋

I’m thrilled to announce that the account system will go live on Monday (15th August) 💥

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This week the issue with the hypervisor layer was patched and Edge Servers in the new London zone are now operational. You’ll be able to create accounts, fund them with XE (or purchase XE with a credit or debit card) and spin up Edge Servers from as small as 1 vCPU, 512 MiB memory, 10 GiB disk space, and 10 Mbps of bandwidth, all the way up to 16 vCPU, 16 GiB memory, 512 GiB disk space, and 100 Mbps of bandwidth.

We’ve also been busy working on integrating CDN into the account system. Mechanisms for capturing billable resource usage have been integrated into Stargate & Gateway, though not yet released to mainnet. The account system interfaces (deployment and management of CDN services) will be next, along with DNS too. We’re planning to open up Storage for a public beta later this year too.

On behalf of the team I’d like to thank everyone for their patience while we ironed out the issues and got the account system up and running. We’re excited to open it up on Monday!

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The network continues to run smoothly, with the average number of nodes above 200 for the week. We’re planning on expanding the Stargate layer soon, and are working through the requirements for this at the moment. Since expanding the Gateway layer, we’ve seen Host round-trip latency reduce massively, and we expect this to improve even more as we add more Gateway nodes.

For those who aren’t familiar with it, Host round-trip latency measures the time it takes a message to travel to a Host and back again (Stargate -> Gateway -> Host -> Gateway -> Stargate). It’s essentially a test of network transmission speed, a useful metric, though for end-user requests, the loop is much smaller and quicker. What should you read from this? The network is performing well.

In other news, work on the Mudas project has been pressing ahead. We can’t wait to share more with you but for now we’d like to leave you with this teaser. Who is this? And what’s going on? Soon you’ll be able to learn more about this Muda, his story, and get your hands on some of the best looking NFTs in the Web 3.0 space.

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And that about covers it for this week!

Enjoy your weekends.

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Fri, 12 Aug 2022 17:30:00 +0000 62ffd527bedf59001a59bb79 Joseph Denne 2022-08-12T17:30:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 01st August, 2022 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-01st-august-2022 https://cdn.edge.network/uploads Good evening @everyone 👋

The team have had another busy week as we press on with Q3 goals.

FIAT integration into the account system is now complete 💥

The team conducted live testing with XE purchases and automatic XE top ups via FIAT payment methods, and everything works perfectly with the existing XE invoice payment system. There were some tweaks and improvements along the way too, but the account system with FIAT support is now ready to go.

We’ve been continuing to work through some issues within the hypervisor layer of Edge Servers, which are now all but resolved. There will be a patch on Tuesday that should take us to production ready status. Waiting for this to be complete is what has been holding up the release of the account system. As soon as we’ve confirmed that the patch has been successful and have run additional tests, the account system will be opened up. We can’t wait!

Stargate received some updates this week, with v2.11.0-241 hitting mainnet yesterday. This update changed how device authentication works, and now instead of relying on the index API for authentication lookups, Stargates now maintain their own local index of blockchain data, albeit a thinner version with just stake and device records. This allows Stargates to continue to operate in the event of index API outages. Previously, upon the index API becoming unavailable, Stargates would enter a holding pattern, keeping online devices online and asking new devices to wait. Now, Stargates can continue to authenticate devices even in the event of a blockchain outage, should that ever occur.

CLI has also seen a number of releases, with v1.7.3 through to v1.7.6 being released. Among these versions are bug fixes for Linux hosts, general improvements, and additional testnet functionality.

Gateway has been on the ramp as well, with various changes being made to metrics aggregation as we prepare for integrating CDN into the billing system. We expect those changes to be going live next week along with the requisite Stargate changes too, after which we’ll then begin implementing the billing cycles for CDN.
As some of you may know, we had a few issues this week in various locations across the globe, with a London zone issue earlier in the week and a Mumbai zone issue more recently. Updates to the underlying routing layer were rolled out earlier today and all Gateways are now back online.

The team have also continued to work with other exciting projects in the crypto space, advancing the Mudas project towards its first release and also stcejorp wen gnitseretni emos gnitagitsevni 👀

And that about covers it for this week!

Enjoy your weekends! 🍻

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Fri, 05 Aug 2022 17:30:00 +0000 62f6d9ebbedf59001a59bb78 Adam K Dean 2022-08-05T17:30:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 25th July, 2022 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-25th-july-2022 https://cdn.edge.network/uploads Good evening @everyone 👋

This week the team has been working on integrating FIAT functionality into the account system. Testing is going well and we’re just finishing up the user interface. This means that when we open up the account system, FIAT will be there from the start. It also provides a FIAT on ramp for XE.

We’ve also been working on getting the new capacity online for Edge Servers. We’ve been working through some virtualization issues this week, but are confident that everything will be working fine within the next week or two. We appreciate your patience while we get things ready but rest assured, work on the Account system has not let up — FIAT is almost complete, with DNS next and CDN shortly after that.

As you’ll know by now, some of the team are involved with one of the most exciting new projects in the NFT space, a project that can have a real impact on the world. The Mudas project has a noble mission: to help protect and restore the Amazon rainforest, and this is something that the team here at Edge feel strongly about. The sustainability of technology in the modern age, the protection and conservation of our natural CO2 scrubbers, that’s what we’re about. 🌳

This week there has been some fantastic progress in the project, and for those who don’t know, Mudas will be running on 100% sustainable Edge services: Edge Servers, CDN, and Storage. We’re proud to support the project and can’t wait to share more about it with you.

The team also spent some time advising a startup in the advertising space with a web3 leaning. There’s now a plan in place for their platform to be run on the network.

And that about covers it for this week!

Enjoy your weekends!

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Fri, 29 Jul 2022 17:30:00 +0000 62ed7095bedf59001a59bb77 Adam K Dean 2022-07-29T17:30:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 18th July, 2022 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-18th-july-2022 https://cdn.edge.network/uploads Good evening @everyone 👋

Last week we delayed the launch of the account system while we worked with a trusted partner to bring online new capacity in the London zone of the Edge Network. We’re excited to share that this capacity is now online and we’ve been integrating this into the Edge Servers system this week. We’ll be running some additional tests over the weekend and, all being well, expect to open up the account system next week. We’re stoked to get this out to you and hope you are too!

The team has been busily working away on the FIAT integration at the same time. Last week some of the team here in the UK took a couple of days away from their computers as the mercury inched above 40 ºC, but that hasn’t slowed them down, and the FIAT integration is coming along in leaps and bounds. We expect the core of this functionality to be complete by the end of next week, and to have it live soon after, following testing.

Fiat payments are hooked directly into the token economy, with payments triggering XE purchases automatically. Here’s the first of these on the XE testnet:

https://test.network/transaction/ab9392afe6123caa44b85fe90431a4330f6cfc4cd8b53c9677cacb5aa4ce8e9a

I’ve touched on the tokenomics of the accounts system in Discord previously, and will be writing this up in more detail soon. But in short, we expect the flow to looks something like this:

Fiat Purchase > XE Purchase > XE Burn

You’re probably wondering what’s next? We’re going to be doing some additional work on Stargate, Gateway and CDN; integrating CDN usage into the new XE billing system; and making CDN deployments available to you through the account portal.

We’re also going to be opening up our global DNS layer via the account portal. With this we’ll have Edge Servers, Edge CDN, and Edge DNS, all online and payable via XE (with the option to fund your account with FIAT).

Behind the scenes the team has been working on our infrastructure setup, relocating a number of core services onto Edge Servers. Eat your dog food is a core tenet of good software development practice… and I’m happy to report that Edge Servers are working fabulously.

It’s been a busy week, with everyone heads down focused on delivering the accounts system.

And that about covers it for this week!

Enjoy your weekends.

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Fri, 22 Jul 2022 17:30:00 +0000 62e41fd45480340019a820f7 Joseph Denne 2022-07-22T17:30:00+00:00