Edge Latest articles from the team en 2023 Edge Network Technologies Ltd. All rights reserved. Fri, 03 Feb 2023 00:44:22 +0000 2023-02-03T00:44:22+00:00 en 2023 Edge Network Technologies Ltd. All rights reserved. Edge https://edge.network/assets/img/dadi-logo-colour.png https://edge.network Weekly Update: W/C 16th January, 2023 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-16th-january-2023 https://cdn.edge.network/uploads/media/2023/01/27/198.png Good evening @everyone 👋

Last week the core team posted a Governance proposal on implementing a scheduled burn of XE. This week the proposal (found here: https://governance.edge.network/proposal/cd0cd6f364370119133c830ac4d435b28df41ab96cb12d6a1997cc2e12d68b81) reached the required quorum of 20 votes, and currently stands at 24 votes, 100% in favour of the proposal. Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to vote and discuss the proposal. There are still almost two weeks left to vote and have your say.

There are a lot of additional proposals in the works from the core team relating to the direction of the project, including development roadmaps and priorities.

This week the team has been working on expanding the Stargate network operations layer, with support for multiple Stargates being introduced into the earnings service. We’ll be testing this in full on testnet next week, and plan to introduce new Stargates to mainnet in the next couple of weeks.

The internal metrics and monitoring service has been enhanced, specifically around the earnings oracle. We were made aware by some community members that some payouts for Jan 4th had not gone through. The updates to the monitoring service have increased our visibility of this to ensure that it doesn’t happen again. The failed payments went through today, meaning that everything is now up to date.

In terms of releases, testnet saw Stargate v2.14.0 and Earnings v0.8.1 which focused on multi-Stargate support. Stability tests are now running, and we’ll expand this next week.

We kicked off an engagement with a start up in the security space which should become one of the first ecosystem projects on Edge, making use of the XE blockchain for its own services, benefiting XE through transaction fees and network usage. We’ll be talking about this one more in the next few months.

There’s a bunch happening on expanding the use of the network, which we’ll continue to talk about as and when we can over the coming weeks and months.

And that’s it for this week!

Enjoy your weekend 🍻

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Fri, 20 Jan 2023 18:30:00 +0000 63d43e30bedf59001a59bbdb Joseph Denne 2023-01-20T18:30:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 09th January, 2023 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-09th-january-2023 https://cdn.edge.network/uploads/media/2023/01/20/197.png Good evening @everyone 👋

The core team are now all back and hard at work following a well deserved break over Christmas.

Last week the founders laid out a vision for the future and we had some good feedback from the community. Community involvement is central to the success of the project and we love hearing your feedback, comments, and suggestions.

A second governance proposal has just been published (https://xe.network/transaction/58eb53edcf1bc58dcb7ddd3ce91b580660628010f223f915e034c5ad5693ccc7) and is ready for you to consider and vote upon 💥

This proposal is on the subject of tokenomic adjustment, and lays out our proposed plans to burn 75% of $XE service fees, which can be found in wallet: xe_ed9ef98F6E070f46C90e5CFd3756EDB227FE3f6C

This would include an immediate burn of 75% of the funds currently in the wallet (171,532 XE), which after the governance proposal closed, and at the current rate of service fees charged, will have increased to roughly 200,000 XE, meaning an immediate burn of roughly 150,000 XE and an ongoing burn of 30-40,000 XE per month, increasing along with service charges.

Initiating a burn is seen as a critical part of the evolution of the tokenomics of Edge, and is something that has been in discussion and planning for a long time. The core team firmly believes that it is in the best interest of the project. It accelerates the deflationary structure of the token and will help to bring additional interest to the project, which in turn will grow the network and service usage.

Thank you to everyone who took part in the initial governance proposal ratifying the open governance system. Following feedback both here on Discord and on the governance portal itself, we have gone ahead and changed the voting window to 21 days.

You can see this change on chain here: https://xe.network/transaction/6cad20b426a6a60180bf39f63dac6efecea7b6b18a8afac1043fac2e3083b74a

Voting for the Tokenomic Adjustment proposal is now open and will close in 21 days. You can find the proposal here: https://governance.edge.network/proposal/cd0cd6f364370119133c830ac4d435b28df41ab96cb12d6a1997cc2e12d68b81

And you can discuss it in Discord here: https://discord.com/channels/371989135172567051/1063593899890851850

In other news…

You’ll have noticed that the team wasted no time in getting back to business, with a number of releases this week.

The Edge Account system received a couple of updates, with Account API v1.10.0 and Account v1.14.1 being deployed to mainnet. These updates improved upon account management, allowing accounts to have multiple 2FA devices connected, in essence allowing multiple team members to access organisation accounts.

Governance itself received an update, with Governance v1.0.4 going to mainnet today, fixing a small user interface issue with focusing when confirming comments.

Just before the new year we posted a roundup of 2022. If you missed it, you can find it here: https://ed.ge/tldr/2022

There’s been some great discussion related to marketing in the 📈│marketing channel on discord. Please take a moment to read through and pitch in with your own ideas.

We’re super excited for the year ahead and we hope you are too. We have some great things in store for this year and look forward to sharing them with you over the coming months.

Oh! And one last thing: over 100 Edge Servers have now been deployed 🔥

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

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Fri, 13 Jan 2023 18:30:00 +0000 63cb0dd0bedf59001a59bbd8 Adam K Dean 2023-01-13T18:30:00+00:00
Future Vision https://edge.network/updates/network/future-vision https://cdn.edge.network/uploads/media/2023/01/06/futureVision.png Imagine a future where there is a marketplace for dApps within the explorer, all built using Edge Services; where projects can launch tokens on top of $XE; where creators can mint NFTs; where DAOs can deploy governance functions with the click of a button; and where all of this activity ladders back to $XE, driving token value and massive deflation of supply.

As the project moves towards becoming a full DAO and governance launches, our attention is turning to the future of the project.

We launched Edge with a crowdsale in 2018, setting a five year plan for the creation of decentralised web services as a viable alternative to AWS, Google and Azure. That five year period comes to close at the end of this month, and does so with a credible, solid and in-production decentralised cloud, backed by its own chain.

Edge CDN is a highly distributed content delivery service with real time media manipulation built in. Edge Servers are on-demand linux virtual machines that are capable of running basically anything. Edge DNS accelerates domain mapping with points of presence all over the world. And the XE Blockchain brings on chain staking, payments and rewards to edge computing.

Looking to the next five years, we have begun roadmapping the ecosystem vision. This means staying the course with the core network technology (releasing Edge Storage, along with a suite of other products), and hitting the ground running with a clear focus on expansion of use in 2023.

This means building a credible dedicated sales team. To date this has been a key role of the founders, heavily weighted to relationship building and our own networks. However for network use to scale, this needs to be broadened out significantly.

We’re exploring ways of doing this in a way that enables us to fund the operation whilst maintaining the independence and status of the not for profit organisation that is controlled by the DAO. For example, a sales organisation could be set up and funded as a separate legal entity, retaining referral fees for everything that it brings to the network.

We also need to enhance community engagement and find ways to activate the referral programme. There are over 100k people across the project’s primary channels. With the right incentives in place, this should be a key channel for growth.

It also means driving our messaging through targeted marketing. In reality this needs to go hand in glove with the broader sales approach. This means understanding and targeting verticals, focusing on individual markets, and A/B testing our messaging to find the right messaging to drive higher conversion. We need landing pages and offers on site, working alongside our ongoing content creation and social outreach efforts.

We also believe that it means building an ecosystem around the core platform, supported by simple tools to enable creators to rapidly launch their vision on Edge. The more projects that make use of Edge, the more awareness there will be across the industry. And with usage comes trust, a key component when it comes to the selection of a cloud provider. There are great examples of this already, and a bunch more already in the works. But there is a lot of room for growth.

Edge as an ecosystem represents an evolution of the XE Blockchain, bringing new functions to the fore – simple function calls that trigger commonly required functionality. We’re not talking about a programmable layer like Ethereum, rather functionality that hits 99% of the requirements for projects without introducing the complexity of smart contracts. Functionality that enables on chain activity within applications with ease.

We believe that this approach, when matched with on-demand cloud services, brings a very compelling proposition to market. When we deliver on this vision, Edge will be providing a platform that is akin to AWS and Ethereum combined, owned and operated by and for the benefit of us all.

And this brings us neatly to project governance. We’ve been working on Open Governance for over a year, planning the supporting structures and processes to enable the project to operate effectively as a DAO without sacrificing the ability to engage with more traditional businesses. The structure of the project is now clear, and represents the cutting edge of this sort of organisational structure.

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The first step is open governance, which launched community governance at the end of last year, along with a first proposal to ratify the governance system itself. This achieved quorum, which was a fantastic step. New proposals will be hitting the system in the coming weeks, and we find our rhythm with the governance structure, we expect this to become central to the operation of the project.

You can read more about open governance here: https://edge.network/en/updates/announcements/open-governance

2022 was a big year for Edge, with a huge number of releases and milestones hit. The first stage of Open Governance launched and the future direction of the project moved into view. We’ll be elaborating on the plans for the future of the project and publishing updates to the project’s roadmaps in the coming weeks.

Thank you for being part of the journey. And a very Happy New Year!

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Fri, 06 Jan 2023 12:00:00 +0000 63b7fec9bedf59001a59bbd3 Joseph Denne 2023-01-06T12:00:00+00:00
2022 TL;DR https://edge.network/updates/network/2022-tldr https://cdn.edge.network/uploads/media/2022/12/30/2022tldr.png …in fact so much has happened that this year we’ve broken the annual wrap up down by month. Let’s jump in:

January

Building on the release of v2 of the network, the team started the year with a focus on network stability and capacity, releasing updates to all node types (Stargates, Gateways, and Hosts) and rolling out updates to enable the monitoring of metrics such as node latency.

We started to accelerate the release cycle for the network, and began posting releasing information to the community in the Discord #releases channel. January, like most months, saw releases every week covering services including Stargate, Gateway, Host, CDN, CLI, Bridge, Explorer, Index, Wallet, and the XE Blockchain, to mention a few.

We also open-sourced the XE Wallet: https://github.com/edge/wallet

At the end of the month, the number of v2 nodes reached 100 for the first time, as community nodes continued their migration from v1.

February

February saw continued growth of the network and the near-completion of legacy stake migrations from v1, with the new v2 stakes locking in over 5% of the total XE supply.

The project continued to deliver regular updates across each of its apps, most notably updating Wallet with the ability to create stakes.

We also open-sourced the XE Explorer: https://github.com/edge/explorer

Towards the end of the month the Earnings oracle was launched, which automatically calculates XE earnings for all contributing nodes each day, and pays them to node operators’ wallets. Over 150,000 XE was paid via the Oracle for January and February earnings.

March

The network continued to grow, reaching 180 nodes. As well as cultivating growth, the project released a significant network enhancement in the ability to handle rolling updates, allowing network nodes to be gradually updated rather than updating all at once. This provided a great additional layer of overall stability.

The ability to synchronise active nodes and their work data was added to Index, providing much more insight into continuous network operations and capacity as well as node distribution across the globe. Explorer was updated to use some of this data, allowing contributors to view recent availability statistics for their nodes.

CDN capabilities were added to Host nodes, enabling them to start processing image assets and serve them through the network.

April

Stargate and Gateway gained the ability to collect Host and CDN metrics, allowing them to be collected by the Earnings oracle and Index.

We also added Index APIs to provide graph data based on these metrics. This in turn enabled the addition of graphs to Explorer and Wallet, visualising node activity across the whole network and enabling contributors to see their nodes’ availability, the number of (CDN) requests handled, and the amount of data being processed.

The iOS Mobile Wallet was released, allowing contributors to access and exchange their XE and EDGE tokens directly from their phone, as well as USDC and Ether. You can access the app here: https://ed.ge/app

An NFT partnership was announced with Mudas Capital, a DAO with the objective of merging venture investing with storytelling and narrative, linked to Fundação Mudas, a Brazilian non-profit that is supporting the long-term conservation and restoration of the country’s rainforests and other biomes.

May

Migration of customers to v2 of the network began, increasing the traffic to, and work done by, v2 nodes.

Stargate, Gateway, and Host continued to receive updates, and the project started to expand the Stargate and Gateway layers with additional nodes, increasing overall capacity in support of growing network usage.

Work began on the Edge Account portal, focusing initially on the core account system and Edge Server functionality. This proved to be a substantial undertaking, with work continuing through the next 5-6 months. With other apps functionally stable - CLI, Index, Wallet et al fully integrated with the network infrastructure at this stage - the core team was able to start focusing on making network services more readily available to customers.

June

The XE blockchain enjoyed its first birthday on the 04th June, and with staked XE approaching 10% of the total supply, we ran a competition rewarding the wallet with the greatest amount of new stakes with a 25,000 XE bonus.

The network remained stable while Stargate, Gateway, and Host received stability and performance updates. Benchmarking and analytics showed excellent real-world results for network performance and customers using the network.

July

The network’s resilience was challenged when a heatwave knocked the data centres of two Edge partners offline. The network remained online throughout.

Development on the underlying platforms for Edge Servers completed, with API connectivity and KVM integration put in place to allow for the seamless launching and control of servers within the network.

Edge Servers were launched in 26 locations around the world in preparation for the deployment of Edge DNS. Edge DNS provides a super fast domain name system free of charge to existing Edge customers. It’s an Edge service providing a decentralised platform running on top of another Edge service in Edge Servers!

Work continued on the Edge Account portal.

August

The core team updated Stargate to improve decentralisation and the distribution of infrastructure-related traffic. Instead of relying on the Index for stake information, Stargates would now synchronise directly with the blockchain and maintain stake indexes internally. As well as improving stake lookup performance, this allowed Stargates to operate independently and with minimal interruption in the event of any blockchain outage or other network disruption, enhancing their resilience.

We also updated Stargate and Gateway with additional metrics for CDN deployments, ahead of upcoming CDN integration into Edge Account. This enabled real-time tracking of network usage, which we use to provide monitoring capability and ensure fair and accurate billing. Gateway also received other performance improvements with better handling of slow requests.

The network continued to grow, reaching a stable average of 200 Host nodes online at any given time.

The Edge Account portal launched in mid-August, providing access to Edge Servers for the first time. Service consumption is paid for with XE, integrating natively with the blockchain. The portal also launched with the ability to purchase XE directly using fiat currencies, providing a simple way for customers to get started with network services.

The legacy stake migration window was closed at the end of the month, signifying completion of the changeover from the v1 network to v2.

September

DNS integration for the Edge Account portal launched. This enables customers to add their domain records to the Edge network and make use of BGP capabilities, enabling faster resolution of both DNS queries and requests to their network assets. Better yet, DNS is free for accounts using any other service available in the Edge Account portal.

We added more capacity to Edge Servers while network capacity and traffic both continued to grow.

October

Edge Content Delivery launched in the Account portal. This enables customers to easily deploy decentralised asset delivery for their websites and apps, utilising the full speed of the network and the processing capabilities of Hosts.

We open-sourced more of the project’s repositories for Hacktoberfest, including the Edge Account portal itself: https://github.com/edge/account

This allows users to run the account system locally, and even white-label it to provide their own cloud offering to customers using Edge infrastructure.

Additional customers were migrated to Edge Accounts, further increasing usage of the network. At this juncture, with the Edge Account system stable, we expanded our focus again and released updates for many of our apps, including CLI, Explorer, and the network apps.

Toward the end of the month live chat support was added to the Edge Account portal. This makes it easier for customers to receive help from the Edge support team regarding any account issues. A paid subscription was also made available for priority support, billed daily in XE in the same way as any other service.

November

The core team kicked off November by releasing Index v2. This project was a ground-up rewrite to improve performance, maintainability, and scalability for the growing network. It takes advantage of new libraries and capabilities developed through the year to massively accelerate blockchain synchronisation, and offers substantially faster APIs that immediately boosted performance in CLI, Explorer, and Wallet.

VNC support was added to the Edge Account portal, enabling access to Edge Servers without leaving the browser. We also released updates to Stargate and other apps in anticipation of further network expansion.

We started work building the Open Governance system, including not only new client and API development, but also major updates to the blockchain protocol.

December

The Governance interface for Edge launched, allowing all XE holders to create proposals to help guide future development and decision-making. XE holders can also comment and vote on proposals. All governance events are on-chain, ensuring that voting outcomes are recorded permanently.

The Governance system as a whole is a significant step towards being able to function effectively as a DAO, and we’re excited to see the community become more involved with the direction of the project.

You can see the first governance proposal here: https://governance.edge.network/proposal/2ebeb0a8ba19586d03ce9b11c0061d34ad7e7a1497fa288fc445d1c22c367b18

What’s in store for 2023

The founders of Edge have been busy detailing their vision for the future of the network. Building on open governance and the move to a full DAO, it’s a bold and exciting positioning for the project. Our vision document will be posted in the next couple of days, and you can expect a handful of governance proposals to follow.

Finally, a thank you

Edge is the world’s first edge network, and it remains at the cutting edge of developments in cloud computing. It’s an in-production, green alternative to the likes of AWS and Google cloud.

A huge thank you to the whole Edge community 🙏. Your ongoing support means a huge amount to the core team, and your involvement is central to the future success of the project. Thank you for being part of the project’s journey.

There’s a lot in store for 2023 👀

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

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Fri, 30 Dec 2022 18:30:00 +0000 63af581dbedf59001a59bbd0 Joseph Denne 2022-12-30T18:30:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 19th December, 2022 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-19th-december-2022 https://cdn.edge.network/uploads/media/2022/12/30/194.png Happy Christmas everyone 👋

It’s difficult to believe that it’s already that time of year. We’ve been so busy this year that time has flown by. This time last year, we had 61 stakes in v2, now we have 667. The blockchain has mined over half a million blocks, and processed almost 23,000 transactions. Over 10% of the total supply of XE is staked, and we consistently have over 260 nodes online. We now have 8 Gateways spread across the world, with more coming next year.

This year saw a number of major milestones reached, including (but not limited to) general availability of Edge Servers (VPS), Edge CDN, and Edge DNS; the XE iOS Wallet app; daily earnings and payouts for network contributors; the Edge Account system, with XE & FIAT billing; and numerous behind-the-scenes improvements to network stability and capacity. Gateways were expanded for global coverage, the Stargate layer expanded to 24 nodes all running Edge DNS, with network operations expected to expand to more Stargates next year. And of course, just last week, we launched Open Governance.

In addition to these major milestones, we pushed forward with our open source pledge, open sourcing numerous repositories under the GNU GPL v3 licence. We announced a partnership with Mudas Capital, and progressed numerous other potential project partnerships. Existing customers were migrated over to the Edge Account system and new customers joined the Edge family. Overall, it’s been a highly successful year during what has been a rather rocky - to say the least! - period for crypto.

We’ll be posting a more in depth TL;DR article over the holidays, so keep an eye out for that.

This week the development team has been winding down, ready for a well deserved break over the holidays, but we’ve still managed to get a number of releases out.

Explorer v1.21.8 and Wallet v1.18.4 were deployed to mainnet. These updates improved how Governance stakes are displayed as well as enabling the link from Wallet to the Governance portal.

Governance v1.0.3 was deployed to mainnet. This minor update included a number of UI tweaks.

Account v1.13.2 was deployed to mainnet. This increased the strength of generated passwords when deploying a new server.

Explorer v1.21.11 was deployed to mainnet. This update added a link to the Governance portal as well as tweaking sorting of stakes and nodes.

CLI v1.8.0 and v1.8.1 were deployed to mainnet and testnet. The former was a refactor of CLI internals, and the latter a maintenance release with a couple of small additions. See the release notes here: https://github.com/edge/cli/pull/129.

Finally, today Wallet v1.18.5 was deployed, fixing a small issue with iron icon colours.

There have also been some releases for our GitHub tooling, which we use to maintain our repositories. You can find that at https://github.com/edge/github-tools/.

The roadmap in the Community Wiki will be updated soon, we’ll share that with you over the holidays.

And that’s all for now. If you celebrate Christmas, enjoy your holidays, and if not, we hope you have a great end to the year. Thank you for being a part of our community, and we look forward to continuing to work with you in the new year 🍻

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Fri, 23 Dec 2022 18:30:00 +0000 63af5727bedf59001a59bbcd Adam K Dean 2022-12-23T18:30:00+00:00
Open Governance https://edge.network/updates/announcements/open-governance https://cdn.edge.network/uploads/media/2022/12/19/openGovernance.png Open governance for Edge will help to ensure that decisions are made in the best interests of the entire community, and that the project is able to thrive and grow over the long term.

In this post, we will outline what open governance is, why it is important, and how it will work in practice. We will also discuss the costs of participating, as well as the reasons behind those costs. Finally, we will ask for your feedback and input on the proposal, and encourage you to get involved in the governance process.

Goals and objectives

The goals and objectives of open governance are as follows:

  1. Ensure that decisions are made in the best interest of the entire community. Involving the community in decision making will help to ensure that the project is aligned with the goals and values of everyone involved;
  2. Foster transparency and accountability. Providing clear and transparent processes for decision making will help to ensure participation, as well as provide a framework for holding the Core Team to account;
  3. Build a strong and engaged community. Involving the community in project governance will help to foster a sense of ownership and responsibility for the project, helping to build a vibrant ecosystem;
  4. Promote sustainability. Ensuring that the governance system is effective will enable the Core Team to be responsive to the needs of the community, helping to ensure the long-term sustainability of the project;
  5. Facilitate the growth and development of the project. Involving the community in the decision making process harnesses the collective wisdom and expertise of a wide array of interests and skill sets, helping to identify new opportunities and challenges for the project.

Ultimately, our goal is to create a governance system that is inclusive, transparent and accountable, and which allows the community and the Core Team to work together to achieve the goals and objectives of the project.

Proposal process

To participate in governance, community members will need to have an XE wallet and hold a Governance stake. It is important to note that wallets can only have one Governance stake, which means that each wallet represents one vote. Governance stakes can be created through the governance interface at a cost of 500 XE, and have an unlock period of 365 days.

With a Governance stake, community members will have the ability to create, vote and comment on proposals. This will allow them to have a say in the direction of the project, and to ensure that their voices are heard in the decision making process. We encourage all members of the community to get involved.

Governance proposals will be open for voting from the point that they are created. The proposals will remain open for a period of 14 days, during which time community members will be able to vote for or against the proposal, or to choose to abstain.

All governance actions – creating, voting and commenting on proposals – are on-chain transactions and therefore carry a cost. Creating a proposal will cost 250 XE; commenting on a proposal will cost 25 XE; and voting on a proposal will cost 10 XE. These costs help to reduce spam and to ensure that the governance system is used responsibly and sustainably.

Once proposals have closed, voting and commenting will be restricted. The Core Team will then take the results of the proposals under advisement, and provide a response. In time we expect this process to evolve, with the members of the DAO voting to ratify or reject proposals.

In order to be considered valid, proposals will need to receive a minimum number of votes, known as quorum. In the first instance, quorum will be set at 20 votes. This will eventually become a dynamic number, set at 5% of the total voting power.

Evaluation and feedback

During the initial phase of open governance, the Core Team will post their proposals as a collective from a single named wallet. The community will then have the opportunity to vote on the proposals, and the results will be taken under advisement. The next phase of open governance will introduce the DAO to the process, with the advisory nature of proposals being replaced with a ratification procedure.

The evolution of open governance will depend on the evaluation of the system by the community and the Core Team. We encourage all community members to review this proposal and to provide their thoughts, suggestions, and concerns.

In addition to soliciting feedback, we will also be regularly evaluating the effectiveness of the governance system, which will involve tracking key metrics such as the number and outcome of proposals, the level of community engagement and participation, and the satisfaction of community members with the governance process.

We believe that by actively seeking feedback and involving the community in the evolution of open governance, we can ensure that it meets the needs of the community and project, which in turn will help to drive the success and sustainability of Edge.

The governance portal

You can access the governance portal here: ed.ge/governance

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Mon, 19 Dec 2022 12:30:00 +0000 63a05759bedf59001a59bbc5 Joseph Denne 2022-12-19T12:30:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 12th December, 2022 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-12th-december-2022 https://cdn.edge.network/uploads/media/2022/12/20/193.png Good evening everyone 👋

Governance is now live 💥

Open Governance is a project that we have been working on for years. When the original ambition for Edge was set out, it included the operation of the platform as a decentralised autonomous organisation, or DAO. The definition of a DAO has been and continues to evolve as projects like Edge work to establish themselves as community centred organisations.

Broadly: a DAO is an emerging form of legal structure that has no central governing body and whose members share a common goal to act in the best interest of the entity.

With a goal of full decentralisation, moving from a central organisation to a DAO is a logical progression for Edge. The progress towards this goal has included establishing a traditional not for profit company in the UK, with articles that tie its operation to the DAO. This set up allows the project to operate as a commercial entity with a framework for membership that encourages the participation of as wide a group of people as possible.

With governance live you can now participate directly in setting the direction and agenda for the project.

For the individual this means having a say in the decisions made about the operation of Edge. And for the project it means being able to tap into the thoughts, ideas and opinions of a much larger group of people – harnessing the “hive mind” to accelerate the growth of the project.

You can access open governance for Edge here: https://ed.ge/governance

So how do you participate?

Participating in governance requires an active governance stake. Governance stakes are locked for a 12 month period. Governance stakeholders have the ability to both create and vote upon proposals, as well as comment on existing proposals. Every action in governance carries a small cost in $XE. These measures are designed to keep the quality of the submissions high.

To use the open governance interfaces, connect your wallet. When you take an action, if you don’t have a governance stake yet, you will be prompted to create one. From there, it should all be pretty self explanatory.

We’ll post a short video introduction in the next week or so.

A set of guiding principles for the core team have been established. These established the requirement for the use of governance 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.

These guidelines are intentionally light touch and exist as a guide rather than a hard and fast rule. The reason for this is to ensure the ability of the core team to continue to deliver at pace, whilst also protecting the overarching principles of the project as a decentralised organisation.

The first proposal from the core team is now live:

https://governance.edge.network/proposal/2ebeb0a8ba19586d03ce9b11c0061d34ad7e7a1497fa288fc445d1c22c367b18

Vote!

You can also discuss proposals in a new forum channel in Discord, called #governance.

There’s a lot to Edge governance – we’ve been documenting it in the project wiki, and will continue to do so. You can access it here:

https://ed.ge/wiki/governance

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In other news…

An update to the explorer was released that fixes a minor issue with the data reporting for network usage, meaning that node graphs no longer start at zero. We were filtering snapshot data by gt rather than gte, which has now been changed to provide a more accurate view of what’s happening on the network.

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This week saw a number of releases:

Index v2.2.0 was deployed to mainnet, restoring synchronisation of pending transactions. This allowed Explorer and Wallet to display pending transactions again before they enter the chain, such as on https://xe.network/transactions

Index v2.2.1 was deployed to mainnet. This patched stake type sorting for new governance stakes, ahead of upcoming governance features.

Index v2.2.2 was deployed to mainnet. This fixed a bug collecting node usage data that resulted in node availability/request/data graphs starting at 0.

XE 1.7.0 was deployed to mainnet. This minor update introduced the native governance protocol to XE, along with a few other minor patches.

Explorer v1.21.7 was deployed to mainnet. This fixed a bug when viewing a pending transaction, and also added links to the Governance portal for relevant transactions in preparation for its launch.

And with tonight’s release, Governance v1.0.2 and Governance API v1.0.0 were deployed to mainnet, marking a major milestone for Edge, and the beginning of open governance for the project.

As we push towards the Christmas break 🎄 things will be winding down a little for the core team. We’re working next week, but will then be resting up until the New Year.

I expect to be publishing an article about the project’s founder’s future vision next week. And there will be a 2022 TL’DR just before New Year.

And that’s all for now. Enjoy your weekend 🍻

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Fri, 16 Dec 2022 18:30:00 +0000 63a1d2cfbedf59001a59bbc8 Joseph Denne 2022-12-16T18:30:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 05th December, 2022 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-05th-december-2022 https://cdn.edge.network/uploads/media/2022/12/12/192.png Good evening everyone 👋

Work on Project Governance is nearing its end, and we’re confident of a release before the end of the year.

overnance API is almost ready: all tests are passing and we are now in the pre-launch phase. Thai means a focus on asserting fine details and continuing to end user test in preparation for launch.

Along with fixes and incremental additions to proposal data, this week we have developed the formatting specification for proposals, along with helper functions to validate and auto-format them. This should make it easy to write clean and consistent proposals – important as everything will be tracked on chain.

We are also adding metrics to the governance system (as we do with all services), which helps us monitor and maintain them. We’re looking to have mainnet deployed next week, with testing conducted, before opening it up.

You’ll notice that while the Governance portal looks familiar, it’ll also look fresher and lighter. This is part of a series of changes we’re making across the Edge family of products, and the new, refreshed look will then be implemented in Explorer and Wallet too.

We’re excited to begin this next chapter of community governance and the project together with you.

Also this week:

Index v2.1.0 was deployed to mainnet, adding a new API summarising named wallets.

Index v2.1.1 was deployed to mainnet. This update reduced the size of certain passive metrics, making infrastructure-related bandwidth usage less intensive.

Account API v1.9.2 was also deployed to mainnet, also reducing the size of passive metrics to manage bandwidth usage by infrastructure.

The founders of the project have been focusing on the longer term roadmaps for the network and have mapped out a high level vision. This is a multiyear proposal for growing the network and usage which contains some extremely exciting developments. Look out for a post ahead of Christmas, and expect a governance proposal to follow.

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

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Fri, 09 Dec 2022 18:30:00 +0000 6396f7b3bedf59001a59bbc3 Joseph Denne 2022-12-09T18:30:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 28th November, 2022 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-28th-november-2022 https://cdn.edge.network/uploads/media/2022/12/09/191.png Good evening @everyone 👋

This is weekly update 191… and counting!

This week the team has been focused on completing the Governance UI, which is almost ready. The API has been integrated and the interface has been made mobile-ready. We’re putting the final touches on it now.

The Governance API has made significant progress as well. We’ve integrated the blockchain governance API, which allows us to track votes, comments, and proposals, and synchronise them with the blockchain. We’ve also integrated the API with the UI.

On the blockchain side, we’ve made a major update to testnet. We’ve integrated governance functionality into the ledger and added governance-related API endpoints. This allows the blockchain to track proposals, votes, and comments.

@edge/xe-utils v1.8.0 was published to npm, adding support for new on-chain data and APIs in anticipation of coming governance features. Exciting stuff.

In addition to the continued development of the Governance UI and API, I also want to take a moment to highlight the importance of community involvement in project governance.

Having a strong and engaged community is essential to the success of any project, and that’s especially true for decentralised projects like ours. The community plays a crucial role in shaping the direction of the project, and your input is invaluable.

Here are a few reasons why the community’s voice matters in project governance:

1. The community has a vested interest in the success of the project. You are the ones using the platform, and your feedback and suggestions can help guide development in a direction that benefits everyone;

2. The community can provide valuable perspectives and insights that the core team may not have considered. Having a diverse range of voices and perspectives can help identify potential challenges and opportunities;

3. Involving the community in governance helps foster a sense of ownership and responsibility for the project. This can help build a stronger, more engaged community, which is essential for the long-term success of the project.

Ultimately, involving the community in governance is good for the project. It helps ensure that decisions are made in the best interests of the entire community, and it helps build a strong and vibrant community that is committed to the success of the project.

We encourage everyone to get involved in project governance and make your voices heard. Your input is valuable and it matters!

Now alongside the continued hard work on governance, there are a number of exciting initiatives happening behind the scenes that we look forward to sharing with you in the future. One of these is the Mudas project which we’ve spoken about before. The artwork is fantastic, but the mission behind Mudas is even better. Events will begin unfolding soon with Mudas, and the sooner you’re involved, the more you’ll benefit, so be sure to join us here every Friday for these updates as this will be the first place you’ll hear about it.

And that’s all for now!

Enjoy your weekends 🍻

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Fri, 02 Dec 2022 18:30:00 +0000 63939d5abedf59001a59bbc0 Adam K Dean 2022-12-02T18:30:00+00:00
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