Edge Latest articles from the team en 2020 Edge Network Technologies Ltd. All rights reserved. Sun, 26 Jul 2020 14:11:06 +0000 2020-07-26T14:11:06+00:00 en 2020 Edge Network Technologies Ltd. All rights reserved. Edge https://edge.network/assets/img/dadi-logo-colour.png https://edge.network Weekly Update: W/C 13th July, 2020 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-13th-july-2020 Hi everyone 👋

The network has performed 28,127,115 image transformations in the last 30 days, transferring 2.3TB in the process. That’s roughly 10 a second. We’re looking at exposing this sort of data on site in an upcoming release.

This week we’ve been working on Gateway and Host, switching all the logic to use appID instead of hostname. Logging at the moment exposes the customers hostname in the network. We’ve changed this over to further enhance security, and we’ve been rolling those changes through the core apps.

The team have also been working on CDN, refactoring the way the configuration is managed. This is being moved over to our GPRC layer to improve efficiency (speed & resilience).

An update was released for the earnings process to reduce the impact on network API. There were a series of token requests in the process that were driving heavy load unnecessarily. These were picked up when looking through network telemetry, and have now been updated to ensure efficiency.

Work has begun on updates to the deployment processes for Stargate. At the moment when we redeploy all of the Hosts connected to a Stargate try to reconnect in sequence. This floods network API with requests from the Sync service. We’re implementing a system to manage the connections to ensure that we never end up in a network flood scenario (which could threaten live services).

We’ve also improved a number our metrics dashboards, further adding to our visibility of the performance of services in the network.

In case you missed it, the transcript of last Friday’s AMA with Jason Jang from TNC can be seen here: https://edge.network/en/knowledge/network/ama-recap-july-10th-2020/

We continued to roll out projects for a series of engagements building on our technology. And our support for Cookalong continued: they are now four events in, with a fifth this evening with Sir Ian Botham. The platform, which is built on Edge tech, is performing well. And Cookalong has been getting a lot of exposure, including segments on The Chris Even’s Breakfast Show, Good Morning Britain and The One Show.

And finally for this week, we completed the update to the roadmap for the last two quarters of 2020. It will be pushed to Github shortly. In the meantime there’s a summary available from Arthur on site here: https://edge.network/en/updates/network/roadmap-updates-q3-and-q4-2020/

Enjoy your weekends.

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Fri, 17 Jul 2020 17:30:00 +0000 5f1548cb655e880012717efd Joseph Denne 2020-07-17T17:30:00+00:00
Roadmap Updates, Q3/4 2020 https://edge.network/updates/network/roadmap-updates-q3-and-q4-2020 The full roadmap will be updated on Github shortly.

Highlights are as follows:

Consul Migration

We’ve been working through a move away from Consul for some time. It’s great, but only in that it currently plays in a field of one. There are a lot of known issues and it’s a bit of resource hog. For our purposes it makes sense for us to have an edge services specific solution. So we’re going to be going full throttle on completing our replacement. We will be providing it for others to use as an open source solution for edge deployments as well as supporting it in a commercial setting for enterprise customers.

Storage

We’ve been in beta with storage for some time now and have a list of actions to work through to move it to pre-release status. This includes working through fragment rebuild support for files where remote (off network) private encryption keys have been used; completing work on data persistence (files are currently all ephemeral); and closing a known security vector whereby a single Host could feasibly receive 100% of the shards required to rebuild each file.

Content Distribution Updates

We’ll be adding watermark support along with a bunch of additional methods for media manipulation. But most excitingly our work on the ability to crop and modify audio content will be moving to live. We’ll also move forward support for longer form video compatibility.

Infrastructure Updates

We have a world of updates coming to the core platform, including the completion of a couple of data centre migrations; updates to backup automation; and the enhancement of telemetry services across the network.

Nodes

From the addition of a custom BGP service within Stargate to enhanced validation for proof of work in Gateway, there is a lot in stream for the advancement of the different node layers in the network.

This includes circular Payload Validation, which will see Gateway periodically test for expected responses from Host, identifying bad actors and penalising them accordingly; the addition of Storage in to Host as a core service; moving authentication to our GRPC layer; and getting staking release automation finished for Console.

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It’s going to be a busy run up to Christmas!

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Fri, 17 Jul 2020 17:00:00 +0000 5f11d8ab655e880012717ece Arthur Mingard 2020-07-17T17:00:00+00:00
AMA Recap: July 10th, 2020 https://edge.network/knowledge/network/ama-recap-july-10th-2020 Question 1

Can you confirm the OTC deal?

Jason Jang: There was an issue about this OTC deal due to the delay of Aladdin Pro Wallet. It was among the merger company and TNC, but not ready for the public. We are doing careful review at the moment with our legal team. TNC is always put users benefit up front

Question 2

When will you finally build a community with a chat with TNC employees active? (not just hired moderators but actual employees who can ask other employees stuff and communicate to the community)

Jason Jang: On the way of our merger process, we believe there will be large amounts of users that will join this chat group. We don’t want the room to be without answers, so we are taking time to activate this matter. It’s not that simple to just open the chat room and leave it to the public. We must manage to operate with real time monitoring which will take manpower and expert attention online 24/7. We hope to open the chat group before the 2nd merger group joins the project.

Question 3

What are the concrete steps TNC will take to improve communication?

Jason Jang: For now, TNC communicates with each merger company for the public communication. Also, we do have SNS posting and other ways to connect. This is the minimum way to communicate at the moment, yet we’ll try our best to open up the channel in near future.

Question 4

Kucoin claims that TNC decided to halt the listing process. Why has TNC decided to stop listing on Kucoin?

Jason Jang: TNC did open up the wallet with Kucoin yet it was Kucoin’s decision to cancel the listing, and we are still in contact for the listing matter.

Question 5

Does TNC see a need to get people to invest in TNC in the next years or is the plan to use its own funds to keep up the price at a decent level?

Jason Jang: Most token companies are depending on investment and market trading. Yet TNC’s focus is on utilization of our own token in the market. This is the major difference from other token companies. TNC will balance the future investment plan and market penetration in step by step.

Question 6

Will there be a professional PR agency handling TNC’s affairs to improve its image and communication to outside investors & businesses?

Jason Jang: Since 2017, crypto market has been experienced false advertisement and wrong news. TNC wants to spend our asset toward real work area. Do you really want to hear the fake news with tons of positive information? TNC will not waste our money on advertisement like others. We will only focus on make the result for the public. Once we are ready with the platform, then you will see tons of great news and PR about TNC.

Question 7

For Arthur/Joseph: When will the storage beta be released - it has been getting delayed since 2018, is it actually still in development?

Arthur Mingard: Storage has been in active beta for the past 10 months, following nearly two years of development. The architecture for the setup has evolved significantly, with private keys now part of the system, enabling end to end encryption and a completely private and secure setup. Storage is central to future services and to enhancing CDN for longer form video for example. As such it’s essential that we get it right. I dont have a deadline that I can share with you today, but I can say that it is progressing well. As soon as I have more to share, you’ll be the first to know.

Question 8

What happened with the mobile edge application? Development was started in 2019 and there was supposed to be a beta version last year but then things got very quiet.

Arthur Mingard: It remains in development. There are a series of complications to overcome, especially on iOS where accessibility and performance requirements can shift dramatically between major releases. But we have a working build that is active for storage.

Joseph Denne: Whether or not we can go beyond storage in iOS is a question because the ability to background tasks is very limited. It’s possible in Android however.

Question 9

Is network audit/open sourcing as previously promised still something that is being pushed for?

Arthur Mingard: It should be noted that the core web services under Edit are fully Open Source and are used in production widely. What we’re really talking about is network code. In short, yes, we’re moving towards a full Open Source footing. Nothing has changed in terms of our plans on this front. We’re opening up components as we go, but are only really to do so when we have documentation in place for individual packages. Without documentation there’s little community benefit and we just end up creating more work for ourselves, where our effort is best directed to moving forward the core tech.

Question 10

When will Edge build up a sales team and really work focused and with massive actions to get more customers?

Chris Mair: This is in plan. We’re currently focused on retooling the site to provide clarity around service availability as well as strong landing pages focused on conversion to subscriptions. We’re also working on a series of partnerships, and have a direct sales function in place, led by myself, that is showing green shoots in terms of conversion, which is very encouraging given the current climate. My partners and I are the first to state that we’re not hardcore sales people. We can pitch with the best of them, but that’s a different skill to hitting the phones day in day out. So, we’re looking to build a sales organisation around us. It’ll take some time, but the wheels are in motion.

Question 11

What makes your advisors so special?

Jason Jang: TNC tried to choose the various specialists around the world to evaluate the merger company’s potential ability and possibility. Our advisors are already special in their domain. In future, each advisor will support TNC’s new project and spread the news also.

Question 12

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

Jason Jang: Due to the hacking issue on the certain exchanges, TNC stepped forward for smart contract upgrade. This will cause massive traffic for the swap again. We do want to create a clean market for all our users. OTC deal was talked about before. It’ll happen for sure but we just need to finalize the wording and terms and conditions.

Question 13

What will be the benefits of TNC having its own blockchain and why can existing solutions not be used?

Jason Jang: TNC uses ERC20 to open up the speed for the merger process yet once we finalize the merger then we’ll initiate our mainnet process. The main reason to have a mainnet based coin is having control over the market.

Here are two main reason we are not opening our mainnet yet:

  1. listing and swap process matter
  2. cost effective and speed of expansion

Follow up: What you mean with ‘control over the market’? The price or is it about transaction speed?

Jason Jang: TNC utilization and transaction speed. On top of this, we do have special reasons to have our own mainnet in future. It’s not about market price, it’s more toward business orientation.

Question 14

What will the business relationship between TNC and Edge be after Edge relaunches its own token (EDGE2)?

Jason Jang: Crypto merger plan includes the building the “decentralized workforce” for the group. EDGE will be one of the core tech partnership company for TNC’s future project.

Joseph Denne: We have a clear plan for relaunching Edge but no specific timings are available yet. It’s focused on driving the network forward by enabling deeper integration between token and functionality. The plan is to continue to offer TNC as an alternative method of staking and as a method for purchasing services alongside other coins such as BTC. And the Edge Network will be providing cloud services to the group. Every company in the group has a function to perform; Edge is no different.

Question 15

The first 6 projects that joined TNC M&A obtained around 1B TNC each. Will this continue for the next crypto projects that will join TNC?

Jason Jang: We do have the first 5 projects to be correct. The 1 Billion offer is only for the first group, and it’ll be different for future joined merger companies since TNC has already obtained the market value.

Question 16

When will TNC be listed on the King of all exchanges, Binance!? Do you have the ambition to be on Binance, Kucoin, Upbit, and Bitfinex?

Jason Jang: TNC will never stop for listing on major exchanges. We do have clear purpose to be listed all around the world. It is so sad that we are slaved by exchanges yet soon we will see the different market trends. Hopefully, we can make this together in the crypto market.

Question 17

On what basis is the circulating supply of TNC on CoinMarketCap shown and why is TNC ‘not eligible for normal listing’?

Jason Jang: It is CMC regulation which we don’t have any control over. We only follow their regulation to make the position in the ranking system. Circulating supply of TNC is limited to 20 percent right now, 80 percent is locked in a frozen wallet. We are working with CMC at the moment to get the actual ranking.

Question 18

When will we be able to stake devices for the network again?

Chris Mair: Staking will be opened up again in line with the first release of TNC. Staking will be in TNC. We have enough capacity for the time being, so there’s no threat to existing business as a result of staking being unavailable.

Question 19

When will payouts for staked devices happen?

Joseph Denne: Payouts are on hold until the first release of TNC. Earnings are still accruing, and at the end of the month post the first release of TNC they will be paid out. Payouts will be in TNC moving forward.

Follow up: I dont see the logic, because the EDGE payment model is connected with the direct redemption of tokens from the exchange. The TNC token is currently available for purchase on many exchanges, you receive money in dollars and can buy TNC from the exchange right now.

What is the point of waiting 3 months?

Joseph Denne: A fair question. The answer is because of the weight of work in handling payouts through Aladdin. The network has automated processes, and it’s these that we need to be using. I’ll chat to the team to see what we can do in the interim.

Question 20

Which services is Cookalong TV using in the network? And what plans are there for video?

Chris Mair: Cookalong is built using Edit and is running on DNS and CDN. Video is currently facilitated by Zoom, with live playout and archived content being provided by YouTube. We’re talking to them about the feasibility of moving from Zoom to a voice layer in the Network, and video capability of this nature remains in the longer term roadmap for CDN.

Question 21

Will all merged projects be put on the EDGE network?

Jason Jang: If we start the mainnet development and take the EDGE tech as the core, then yes, all the merger projects will be put on the EDGE network. In the future, we’ll make a task force team for the development. I’m sure that EDGE will be the center of the team.

Joseph Denne: Network services are available on a partner basis to all group companies, and we’re hopeful that it will drive significant network usage as well as providing a good feedback loop for our dev team.

Question 22

Will the EDGE team collaborate on updating the TNC website, both visual and technical? If yes, when will we see changes?

Jason Jang: Yes, we are open for collaboration with the EDGE team. We’ll see the change within this year I hope.

Question 23

I am a strong crypto holder, will there be any benefits for those who want to hold TNC long term?

Jason Jang: TNC is not just a crypto merger oriented company, it is our first step only. I would love to say that we hold the greater pictures for the holders. My answer is Yes, for sure.

Question 24:

How is TNC solving the issues with merging for future merges? What are big technical risks with merging that you have run into but have not yet been able to solve?

Jason Jang: For now, we are concentrating on erc20 token companies. Each mainnet developed coin companies are hard to merge. The reason is very simple:

  1. Listing problem with their coin structure. Exchanges will have hard time
  2. Swap check-up process problem since they hold their own block explore, etc.

We do have more development for these issues, and when we are ready for the 3rd group of mergers, it’ll be ready for coin swap also.

Question 25

Why are you moving away from Consul. Q. for Arthur

Arthur Mingard: Consul is spoken about as a decentralised project, but it requires a single server to manage ACL, so it’s not the decentralized solution it’s often claimed to be. Through Q3/4 this year we’ll be moving away from it entirely. Work on this has been underway for a long time, and we’re already well on the way to rolling our own solution which is better suited to the requirements, both current and future, of the network and edge services/solutions in general.

Joseph Denne: There’s scope for this portion of the network as a service for VPCs in its own right btw. Something we’ll be considering.

Question 26

Why did you start with CDN?

Arthur Mingard: We used it as a test to see how far we could push the decentralised cloud concept: CDN requires huge CPU, storage and bandwidth capacity. Its pipeline architecture is infinitely more complicated than a 1:1 rental model for CPU for example.

Having CDN down gives us huge confidence in the potential for the platform as a whole. It’s a proof point if you will. Plus, it’s a really expensive area in the cloud right now, meaning that our competitive price gives us a far stronger edge. (Pun intended.) Loads more to do on CND too - audio and video in particular.

Question 27

Are you on course to unlock TNC on October 01st, and could it happen sooner?

Jason Jang: Yes. TNC is working at full speed to make it sooner for all of us.

Question 28

According to the TNC Book, number of exchanges and number of wallets make up 80% of the grading of a M&A Project, while volume and & marketcap only makes up 20%. Fundamental value/proposition is not considered at all in this grading that determines the number of tokens a project gets. Can you explain the thoughts behind this system?

Jason Jang: Two major grading elements were user count and exchange listing status. TNC’s project name is “Crypto merger” with “token swap” process. This project doesn’t involve any fiat value of the token. We concentrated on the potential ability and community power. TNC believes that we can provide a platform and ecosystem for large amounts of users. Also, all the users want to have a massive number of exchanges where they can trade and liquidate their assets. These are the reasons for the grading. We do respect the merger company’s tech, and leave the rights to them. This intention is for working together in the future for blockchain projects.

Question 29

Will TNC burn tokens to change the total supply?

Jason Jang: Yes, token burning is going to happen. We’ll share the news with you guys when we are ready to initiate the burning.

Follow up: Can you share how much % will be burned - previously it was stated 90% will be burned, is still correct?

Jason Jang: 500 merger companies, now we are in the stage of first 100. This means only 20 percent is open, and 80 percent is ready to burn if we don’t continue with second 100 companies.

Question 30

When will stakes be returned for nodes and why has it gone beyond the 30 days from requested return?

Joseph Denne: This is in progress. The delay is our side, but it’s in hand. We should be distributing back stakes in TNC next week.

Question 31

What do you say to those people claiming that Edge hasn’t delivered anything?

Chris Mair: Well that’s demonstrably not the case. There is end to end utility available in the network today. You can sign up and start using the first service on site in minutes. And it’s a powerful service: a fully decentralised content distribution platform with all of the functionality of high-end media manipulation services built in and provided without additional cost. You can host images, audio, video (with some limitations in file size, currently being expanded Arthur, you might want to elaborate on that), HTML, CSS and JavaScript. That means you can go as far as hosting a full site on the platform if you want. And we’re constantly building! Lots happening around performance, new services and of course Console itself. There’s a changelog inside of Console to remember. Here: https://console.edge.network/en/changelog

Fudders will FUD. It’s a reflection of their own issues, and despite our best efforts I’m not sure it’s something that we can help them with.

Arthur Mingard: To expand on the video limits currently in place, this is mainly down to the limitations of the low powered devices on the network and their inability to fetch and return huge files in a short time. What were working on at the moment is the ability for multiple devices to contribute to a single video stream, and for this to leverage the power of Storage to distribute shards of files.

I do love the notion that theres actually someone out there who has followed this project and doesnt think weve done anything. As Chris mentioned, you can sign up and actually use Content Distribution to handle image manipulation. I promise you, when you request a cropped image, Im not sitting at the other end downloading your photo, popping it in to photoshop and then quickly uploading it. I dont even have a photoshop license.

Question 32

What’s the financial situation of Edge?

Joseph Denne: We have a 12 month+ runway and are continuing to push forward new engagements and initiatives. Some we can talk about, like Cookalong. Some we can’t. Everything we’re doing ladders up to the network. I think that the speculation on this front is driven by fear, triggered by the fallout from the bear market in crypto, which is understandable. But it ignores the fact that Edge is a real business. And it does nothing to help move the proposition forward.

Question 33

Can you please provide details for the smart contract auto distribution system that’s in development?

Jason Jang: Once it’s finalized then you may see the smart contract and other information on the registered site. Since it’s still in erc20 form, it’ll be clear for you to see the upgrade once we post the content.

Question 34

How are token withdrawals from Aladdin handled once unlocked - Manually (delayed withdrawal) or is it coded to allow transfers of no more than 10% (immediate withdrawal)?

Jason Jang: I do believe that Aladdin Pro Wallet will operate automatic instead of manual now. All the lock-up systems are set already for automatic operation. Anything related to the wallet should be communicated with this website: https://aladdinmc.com/

Question 35

In a video interview you mentioned the idea was for TNC to branch into financial services. You mention TNC will have a security token, a trading token and a stable token. Can you elaborate on that so the community can understand where we might be going long term?

Jason Jang: 3 layered token structure is still in the working process yet we will reveal along the way of development. In the long term, TNC would like to separate the functions of the token in 3 ways. I do believe that this separation will create a new trend for crypto trading.

Follow up: So, 3 tokens or one?

Jason Jang: In future, it will be 3 different tokens yet work as one.

Question 36

How would you rate how the merged communities have been treated by TNC up until this point? Thus far the acquired communities have had to endure zero communication, 5 months delay in token distribution (and counting), unconfirmed OTC offers, seeing fake volume on exchanges with zero liquidity, mislead in terms of token burns and circulating supply, merged Advisor having 900+ million tokens and the list goes on. And please don’t cite the OTC offer as a means to mend the fence as, unless it’s confirmed with some hard proof funds will be distributed, it’s just another promise to be broken.

Joseph Denne: Communication hasn’t been as good as it could have been, but it’s not right to say that there has been zero communication. There’s been a lot, both broadcast and through the various community channels. I take issue with the word promise. It’s prevalent in crypto communities, but is pretty childish. No business makes promises; rather they communicate what they’re doing at a given moment in time, often through the use of roadmaps. They then respond to market conditions as they find them, pivoting as required to achieve the best outcome.

Jason Jang: The token burn will happen, as I covered in an earlier question. The OTC offer to merger company communities will happen, and is currently under legal review. I can’t comment on individual project terms other than to say that everything we’ve structured we deem to be fair and equitable. With regard to exchanges, we’re getting as broad an array of exchanges in place as possible. The full launch of TNC hasn’t happened yet. Given this I think its a strong position, especially when compared to the position of the projects pre-merger. TNC is doing our best to provide a strong market for all the users.

Question 37

Whats the status of the SGX implementation?

Arthur Mingard: We’re constantly working on the SGX implementation despite the various setbacks caused by delayed progress from Intel. We’re hopeful that these issues will be resolved soon, however we’ll avoid releasing a production version until we’ve seen a sustained period without any reported issues.

Joseph Denne: The issues we see are security related - flaws being continually found. We’re waiting for stability basically.

Question 38

Why are GPU-enabled hosts not on the roadmap anymore? It could provide lots of new applications - especially for running ML models and video processing on the edge.

Arthur Mingard: The engineers at Edge have always been focused on using the correct tools for the job. With Content Distribution, we have regularly benchmarked image manipulation methods that are both CPU and GPU based, and the current position is that CPU based asset manipulation has proven to be superior in terms of performance vs cost. That said, as we move towards video manipulation (transcoding for e.g.) this is likely to change, and we will then push more for performant GPU device onboarding. For now, it would not be sensible to preemptively onboard these devices because GPUs tend to lose value quicker than CPUs, and this would be unfair to the device owners.

Joseph Denne: With reference to ML models, and the potential of powering learning algorithms like recommendation engines, we see these as eminently possible in the stack. But there’s a requirement for storage to be in place first, as we need a fast, in-network, data ingestion system.

Question 39

Can you talk about what plans TNC has to create value for its token. Any plans to add staking or other defi elements?

Jason Jang: Defi will come in later stage, and I believe it’s too early to share this information now. We should focus on what’s in front of us now. For future reference, TNC will show more plans about Crypto banking in the next stage of development.

Question 40

Whats the value proposition to use TNC for the Aladdin shopping mall compared to other cryptos that are available?

Jason Jang: FYI, Buyaladdin will only allow 5 crypto to be used within its platform, and TNC is one of them.

Question 41

Edge has stated that the merger will accelerate the product development. Does TNC directly help in hiring & funding new team members for the projects, e.g. new developers for edge - or does this work solely through selling tokens?

Joseph Denne: It helps us through partner organisations being hands on with the tech. We have a bunch of companies with us in our Slack channels for this reason too. TNC also have a broad array of developers on hand, which are available for us to lean on as required. And of course, we see addressing the tokenonmics as a critical step in the path to broader adoption and growth.

Question 42

After TNC swap, how many TNC will be required to be locked for the Node hosting and stargates?

Joseph Denne: TBC. We’re looking at how we can broaden the scope of the network as far and wide as possible, so we expect the value of stakes to come down. Additional reward metrics are also being looked at, such as a loyalty bonus for long term stakers. Also, in a mixed device environment (mobiles + dedicated hardware for example), having a flat rate for staking wouldn’t really make sense.

Question 43

Why can’t TNC be listed on OKEX? Is it because the BANKEX team has withdrawn the deposit?

Joseph Denne: It’s a funny question, akin to “when moon”, but it’s also one that masks the effort and spend required to deliver on exchange listings at scale. As you know, our focus has always been on tech first. Edge is a long-term play. But no exchange is off the table - we’ve spoken to most of them, often extremely in depth and over long periods of time. Decisions on where to list and when we’re always a balance of the need for liquidity and the cost of the undertaking.

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Mon, 13 Jul 2020 09:30:00 +0000 5f11acf5655e880012717ecb Bolaji Oyewole 2020-07-13T09:30:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 06th July, 2020 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-06th-july-2020 Hi all 👋

We obviously had a massive AMA session today, so this will be a briefer than usual update.

You can see a transcript of the AMA here: https://edge.network/en/knowledge/network/ama-recap-july-10th-2020/

This week the network team focused on performance improvements to Gateway cache, specifically on how it handles invalid cache data and missing directories.

Arthur has been working on updates for the Edge roadmap for Q3/4 2020, which will be released early next week.

We’ll let you know when it’s been published.

The team have also been adding monitoring capabilities to network API, as well as to other core services. This gives us a far better view of the load on the network during deployment and configuration updates, something that until now has been a bit of a black box.

And they’ve been looking at adding feedback to the invalidation route in CDN, which currently returns a blank page. (It works really well, it just doesn’t tell you that it does!)

Work in support of a new commerce platform being built on our tech kicked off.

The new business team pitched for some network services integration work in support of a new mobile app, which we should hear back on next week.

And we continued to support Cookalong TV, which has now had three live events, and continues to add celebrities to its roster. Their platform was built out in three weeks using our technology. If you haven’t done so yet, check it out at: https://cookalong.tv

And that’s it for this week. Enjoy your weekend.

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Fri, 10 Jul 2020 17:30:00 +0000 5f154739655e880012717efc Joseph Denne 2020-07-10T17:30:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 29th June, 2020 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-29th-june-2020 Good afternoon everyone 👋

It’s been a pretty busy week, one way or another!

Cookalong TV held its first live event, hosted by Alex Jones of the BBC’s One Show. Cookalong is built on Edge tech and is using CDN in the network. You can see the first event there: https://cookalong.tv/alex-jones/prawn-and-courgette-fettuccine/02-07-2020/20:45

Chris and I had good tech conversations with two potential partners, which I hope to be able to share more on in the near future.

The network team worked through a few issues with the CDN communication protocol.

Work to further harden CDN progressed, with enhancements to its security model implemented and moved to test.network.

Console has been moved forward, with some UX clean up to the invoices section implemented. An issue with email delivery via Network API was also resolved.

The migration of Vault away from a single Stargate progressed - part of the overarching move away from Consul.

Work has also progressed on the exposure of metrics from some of our core services, such as Network Sync and the Network API. This is ongoing but so far it’s looking extremely interesting and useful.

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And a fix was deployed to Sync for a bug that was discovered during the implementation of metrics. Some sessions weren’t being monitored, so on Explorer it appeared like there were less devices online than there actually were. The cache key prefix was updated to flush the data, but this also required a restart to SYD Stargate, and then FRA Stargate, and this reshuffle plus the purged cache brought everything back into sync (pun intended).

This can happen from time to time with Consul and is a known issue. This is one of the reasons we’re pushing hard to move away from it and to a network native solution.

Adam’s take on Consul is as follows:

“It cannot be understated how important it is to move away from Consul to a network native solution. Over the last year we’ve worked hard to reduce our dependence on it, and this effort continues in earnest. When we finally remove Consul from Stargates I’m going to have a bottle of Champagne — to myself.”

Our attention was drawn to the disparity between $EDGE tokens for services valued at the point of the announcement of the swap vs. the current value of TNC. We’ve amended the position and are now accepting $EDGE for services pegged to the value to TNC and to the swap schedule. This means 1 $EDGE will be valued at 11 TNC * 10%. If you want to use $EDGE for services instead of swapping, please reach out on: support@edge.network

Finally thank you for the questions for next week’s #AMA. Please keep them coming.

And that’s it for this week. Enjoy your weekends.

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Fri, 03 Jul 2020 17:30:00 +0000 5f154626655e880012717ef9 Joseph Denne 2020-07-03T17:30:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 22nd June, 2020 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-22nd-june-2020 Happy Friday everyone 👋

This week the network team finished off the preparatory work required for the updates to the network backbone as we move to establish core services with a couple of new network partners, due online in the coming two weeks.

They also implemented a new method of building the network services, which allows us to build all versions of Host and Agent using a single machine, rather than requiring a machine for each arch type. This is a great step in reducing the time it takes to build for each device type.

A new method of updating CDN using an RPC call is being worked on. This is a more secure and faster approach vs. the current solution.

The way SSL certificates are generated and stored is being changed, removing the reliance on Consul as part of a shift away from the current heavy usage of the Consul KV store. As we’ve discussed previously, we’re migrating off of Consul entirely to a fully native solution for the network, allowing us to optimise performance and deliver functionality specific to the Edge use case.

We finished distributed the latest batch of TNC swap requests. A further batch will be prepared and processed next week.

And Cookalong TV went live! Built on our tech and running in the Edge (currently CDN, but soon DNS and in a beta of compute), the site hosts video cooking sessions with celebrities in aid of charity. Check it out on: https://cookalong.tv

They have loads of celebrities signed up… expect to see more on site from next week.

The build went from design to live in two weeks, which is a good indication of the pace possible on the stack.

And that’s it for this week. Enjoy your weekends.

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Fri, 26 Jun 2020 17:30:00 +0000 5f1545b0655e880012717ef8 Joseph Denne 2020-06-26T17:30:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 15th June, 2020 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-15th-june-2020 Hi all 👋

It’s Friday again, if you can believe it.

First up, we’re hiring! We’re looking for a talented Golang developer to join the team. If you or someone you know fits the bill, hit us up on team@edge.network and we’ll follow up with the specification and requirements pre interview.

This week we’ve been focused on an infrastructure upgrade to the underlying hardware in the network, the network backbone that currently provides Stargate and Gateway capacity. The current deployment is several years old and in need of a refresh. As part of this work we’ve overhauled the DNS layer in the network and are in the midst of provisioning hardware in several new locations, informed by the routing data that we’ve collected since the mainnet went live. We expect this work to complete in the next 2-3 weeks, with the overall effect being even faster lookups at the top level of the network, which in turn will result in an incremental improvement in the performance of services.

Related to this the team has also been hard at work migrating all of the core Edge services onto a new deployment platform.

The team improved CDNs ability to detect content types, and the latest updates to SVG support were deployed. Work also began on an improvement to the way configurations are delivered to the containerised layer for CDN.

The new dynamic queue priority component in Gateway is in the final stages of testing. Once this is done we’ll be writing about it in detail to explain how it’ll impact the performance of the network.

Work was undertaken to improve the performance of the auto SSL routing on Gateway, specifically looking to better integrate with Lets Encrypt’s latest revisions of the ACME routines.

The network suffered a partial outage of DNS services related to peering arrangements for top level inter-network routing. The outages were short lived, impacting Eastern Europe and the Southern Hemisphere. It’s been dealt with, and we’re now exploring ways of preventing this sort of scenario happening again in future.

The first full implementation of a payment solution built with our technology went live for a customer this week. We have been trailing checkout integrations within API in the network for some time, in part for use in services (live now for CDN subscriptions), and in part to explore how far we can go with this sort of integration as a service.

The base specification for a new service was sketched out. Edge Functions are conceived as single-purpose micro applications, capable of being run in trusted environments within the network. An example of an Edge Function might be a payment request end point which receives an input from a web app and triggers a Apple Pay transaction through a third party such as Stripe.

We’re looking at where we can fit this in to the roadmap, and will provide you with an update once we’ve sized the work and development is underway.

We put together a MVP Wordpress plugin for CDN. It’s not that polished yet so isn’t ready for release, but it will be soon. You can see the demo here using a base Wordpress theme here: https://wp.theunstoppableweb.com

Cookalong TV goes live next week. Cookalong is a charitable platform that has been built on our tech with our assistance. It’s also running on Edge CDN and DNS.

Finally TNC released an update relating to the first unlock period. They have provided a “drop dead” date October 01st for the first unlock along with an OTC offer of $0.04 USDT per $TNC for the first 10%. This will be offered as an alternative to releasing your tokens for trading in market, providing a strong baseline value and a good indicator of where they expect token to be.

Distribution is ongoing, with new swap requests received daily.

And that’s it for now. Enjoy your weekend.

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Fri, 19 Jun 2020 17:30:00 +0000 5f1544d3655e880012717ef7 Joseph Denne 2020-06-19T17:30:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 08th June, 2020 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-08th-june-2020 Hi everyone 👋

On Monday, the Network Team released the latest iteration of Edge Console (v1.4) which brought with it the ability for customers to subscribe to premium CDN services. The update also integrated the first version of service usage statistics into the content distribution section, allowing users to see their usage real time.

There’s a bunch more data visualisation coming down the track for later releases of console too.

The release means that you can sign up, deploy and pay for network CDN directly. Deployment takes seconds, and gives you immediate access to the full set of functionality that CDN provides, including the built in media manipulation and optimisation system.

The team started work on a series of enhancements post release, including updates to billing address management and invoice listing. Work is ongoing and these should be released early next week.

A number of minor issues were discovered relating to the existing request queueing system in Gateway. These were resolved.

Alongside this work continued on the new request queueing system in Host and Agent.

Updates to network CDN were made to further enhance the performance of asset processing.

The new email management system for the network was released. This greatly improves our ability to automate the sending of emails, and decouple the email design templates from applications. This is service internal to the network that is similar in scope to SES, and which may become a public service in time.

We’re mid way through the roll out of a major hardware upgrade to the Stargate layer in the network backbone. We expect to have this online by the end of the month, with the result being even lower latency, as well as adding in some additional capacity.

Finally on the network, we began work on a series of plugin for CDN for popular frameworks and platforms, starting with Wordpress. Thank you to Max for the suggestion.

The token swap process is ongoing, with another batch processed and distributed this week. We’re continuing to process requests on a first come first serve basis.

Please note that the team here read pretty much everything in these channels. Where we can respond, we do. Where there are questions relating to TNC that need raising with TNC HQ, we raise them. There’s a lot going on behind the scenes, and we hope to be in a position to share more with you all soon.

In the meantime, enjoy your weekends.

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Fri, 12 Jun 2020 17:30:00 +0000 5f154315655e880012717ef6 Joseph Denne 2020-06-12T17:30:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 01st June, 2020 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-01st-june-2020 Hi Everyone 👋

Interesting times, huh? Edge has been impacted by the fallout from Covid-19 like many other businesses, with significant loss of business and a reduction in our pipeline. We’ve taken a number of steps to secure our runway and remain confident for the future. The network’s proposition is unique, and a key selling point is price. This gives it a competitive edge in these challenging times.

Subscriptions for CDN are on stage ready for release. It’s Friday, so we’re going to hold until Monday. In the meantime, here’s a breakdown of what’s on offer:

We’ve focused on subscriptions over pay as you go for this first release because we need to manage growth at this stage in the network’s lifecycle. PAYG will be added as an option in time.

Fiat payments are being released first. Why? Because we are targeting as wide an array of businesses as possible.

Crypto subscriptions will be going live in around about a month, but are available now directly through the team. Hit us up on sales@edge.network if you’re interested.

Also to note, we are accepting $EDGE as payment for services. This is an alternative to swapping for those holding the token for service use, and is designed to keep things simple for them. We’re pegging the value of $EDGE used for services in this manner to TNC.

We have six subscription levels available:

  • Free
  • Developer
  • Startup
  • Growth
  • Business
  • Enterprise

These levels benchmark well with traditional cloud-based alternatives, delivering an average saving of 60% vs. traditional cloud services (based on existing production customer data).

Set up is fast and hassle-free, and you can be online in minutes.

CDN provides a full imaging pipeline as standard. This is an extremely powerful functionality that enables the treatment of source images in real-time, removing the need for an intermediary layer and enabling you to handle media in code.

You can crop, scale, rotate, optimise colourise, combine, blur, filter, flip, format, and sharpen using URL variables in image requests.

Site updates are coming soon, focusing the homepage on the first service to have payments live. This will include an intro video to Edge CDN. Documentation will also be going live on site.

As well as setup and renewal emails, we’ve also introduced optional usage alert updates which will trigger when a Content Distribution deployment is getting close to the allocated usage limits.

And you’ll be able to see your usage directly in Console with 60-second updates.

Here are some more screenshots of subscriptions for CDN (test content):

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The plan selection page shows the cost and features available for each plan.

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After creating a plan you’ll see an overview as well as the DNS configuration details you’ll need to complete the setup process.

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Deployment configuration allows you to choose a custom hostname, the source of your images and assets, and the cache TTL.

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Deployment configuration allows you to choose a custom hostname, the source of your images and assets, and the cache TTL.

The focus post launch will be on direct sales and partnerships. We have a series of significant partnership discussions already in progress.

Our new support channel is now live. We’ve moved to HelpScout, which is providing us with a more agile support desk function.

We will be launching a referral programme in the coming weeks. This will pay a healthy commission for introducing business to the network, up-weighted for network contributors.

The Gateway dynamic queue is coming along well, and is currently in the testing phase. We hope to release this later in the month.

CDN SVG support is also running on testnet, and will be released later next week. It allows the manipulation and conversion of SVGs into other formats including GIF, PNG and JPG.

On to TNC.

As you know, TNC has been delayed. This is unfortunate and not our desired outcome, but overall we believe for the best. Why? It allows time for the TNC team to upgrade their smart contracts, move to automatic distribution (!!!) and further harden security; it allows time for further exchange onboarding; and of course it gives more time for individuals to swap.

Distribution is ongoing. The process is frustratingly slow, but we’re moving through in batches.

The exact date for release isn’t yet set. We’re pushing for confirmation and will let you know as soon as we do.

With regards to ADN, the announcement of it joining the first group didn’t come through TNC HQ and is not official. We’re following on this and will have more information soon as well.

Node earnings will continue to accrue in $TNC, and will be released at the point of first unlock.

And that’s it for this week.

Enjoy your weekends.

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Fri, 05 Jun 2020 17:30:00 +0000 5f149904655e880012717eed Joseph Denne 2020-06-05T17:30:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 25th May, 2020 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-25th-may-2020 Hi Everyone 👋

The distribution of TNC is ongoing and progressing well. Of the swap requests received so far, ~90% have been processed, and we’re continuing to iterate through the rest in batches as they come in.

We had a bank holiday on Monday so this week was shorter than usual.

This week the network team reached a final solution for the dynamic queue sizing on Gateway. This utilises an efficient adaptive mechanism which will rapidly adjust the load balancing prioritisation for each Host based on their recent scoring, current queue size and expected response times.

We’ll look to publish an article (or two) about this shortly.

They have also been working on the last few components in the upcoming subscriptions release for CDN. This includes the refactoring of the approach to aggregating usage statistics to reduce the load on the data layer, as well as finalising the email templates for subscription updates and usage warnings (there are 18 permutations of these!).

Here’s a sneak peek:

  1. Viewing your subscriptions

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  1. Selecting a plan

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Subscriptions are due for release at the end of next week.

And that’s it for now. Enjoy your weekends.

(The values and tiers in screenshot #2 are placeholders, so you know 😀)

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Fri, 29 May 2020 17:30:00 +0000 5f149564655e880012717ee7 Joseph Denne 2020-05-29T17:30:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 18th May, 2020 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-18th-may-2020 Hello everyone 👋

Somewhat shocked to find that it is Friday again. This week has been full on, with a number of new engagements getting underway alongside network development and the distribution process for $TNC.

The network team continued to work on dynamic queue sizing for Gateway, experimenting with different modelling techniques to try to reduce the impact of a realtime response-time based load balancing algorithm.

Work progressed on the remaining subscription components for Console along with a few UX changes ahead of release of v1 of payments.

We’re going to making some infrastructure and deployment changes to the core hardware in the network - the network backbone. The setup here is a few years old and it’s time for an upgrade.

The build of application bandwidth and request usage monitoring services was completed. These services make up a key portion of the subscription process for CDN.

And an automated email payload generator was created and the Edge Mailer service was deployed. We expect to release this as an open source component later in the year.

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

If you’ve not received your TNC yet, hang tight, it will be with you soon. We’ve processed six batches, and are now iterating through requests as they come in.

Enjoy your weekends.

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Fri, 22 May 2020 17:30:00 +0000 5f149433655e880012717ee6 Joseph Denne 2020-05-22T17:30:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 11th May, 2020 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-11th-may-2020 Hello everyone 👋

The business environment is incredibly tough at the moment, with the majority of businesses seeking cost savings and cutting budgets. This has had a material impact on plans for the year as our pipeline has been significantly reduced. However the current situation is also an opportunity. One of the key selling points of CDN as a network service is the cost savings that it brings to bear. As we move payments to live in the coming weeks we will gearing up our sales efforts on this basis.

This week the network team have been working on the dynamic queue size algorithm for Gateway. This is a fundamental requirement for the network and requires a lot of research and testing, but we’re making great progress and expect to announce more on this soon.

Card control and usage visualisation have been introduced to Console, and various UX changes have been made to the subscription components.

The first iteration of payments for CDN are due for release at the end of May. Here’s a sneak preview:

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A major issue with the edge-cli watch command was patched and deployed to mainnet, making the command fully functional on all device types.

And the payment card API endpoint was updated to ensure that the removal of payment cards does not affect active subscriptions.

On to TNC and the swap:

We’ve raised a number of the questions about Aladdin Pro posed here and in other channels over the past few days directly with the Aladdin team. As they feedback we will share the updates here.

With regard to why is Aladdin wallet isn’t open source, it’s their business decision. There are a lot of closed source applications in crypto, and there’s nothing unusual about this.

With regard to the question of who has access to the private keys in the app, as I understand it Aladdin is a custodial wallet that places several layers of security on top of the wallet to give additional security and assurance to users. The private keys are locked to the device and are not held by or accessible by the Aladdin team. While the team can control distribution, locking percentages over time, they have no access to the tokens themselves.

With regard to where the privacy statement for the application can be found, it is linked to in the App Store and the Play Store: https://abbc-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Aladdin+Pro+Privacy+Policy.pdf

With regard to the lack of use of smart contract for the management of the lock up period, Aladdin is a custodial wallet, and distribution is handled by the wallet with terms set on behalf of the TNC group by the Aladdin team.

With regard to the lock periods, these are designed to support token value over time, nothing more. Everyone is subject to the same lock up period, including the core team at Edge (who are also subject to their original vesting period which runs for a further two years).

We’ve spoken about the lock periods a lot in this and other channels, have covered it in direct emails to registered users (140k+ people), and it’s also published on our own site (see: https://edge.network/en/updates/announcements/tnc-community-update/).

Earnings for March > May will now be paid out at the end of June in TNC directly to your Console wallets. Earnings are calculated in USD on a per day basis (services are currently sold pegged to USD).

There is no lock period for earnings in TNC for contributors.

To reiterate the rational behind the partnership, we’re involved in the to enhance value for network contributors and token holders. This is through greater liquidity, greater exchange availability and through an increase in network use, with a swap ratio designed to materially increase value in what is has been a very difficult crypto market and during a time of extreme economic uncertainty.

TNC will be usable in the network, and TNC will be earned through contributing to the network. If you don’t want to be part fo the network or to use network services, you will now have a method for releasing token value.

The swap period is open for a year. If you want to swap, you can do so at any point during this time. The lock periods are cumulative, so if you swap five months in, 50% of your tokens will be unlocked immediately, with the balance released in 10% tranches over a further five months.

Finally a note for those wanting to prove themselves right at any cost, and that would rather see $EDGE go to zero than participate in TNC: you should consider your actions carefully. We are working hard to make a success of the partnership to return value to the tokenonmics of the network and to build the networks use, returning greater value to node contributors. Writing to exchanges and spreading FUD in community channels acts to undermine value for everyone and is incredibly short sighted, self destructive behaviour. We saw this during our crowdsale, with “supporters” writing to and harassing our customers, actions that directly led to the loss of significant value in the network. It’s incredibly sad that a section of the crypto community acts in this way.

To those who remain and are contributing to the Network in many ways, we are grateful for the support and excited about the future. There’s a lot that we will build together. 🚀

Enjoy your weekends.

One little extra thing, noted by @adamkdean: we also introduced a new service to the network this week which simulates dynamic load on CDN. This is running against testnet currently and is helping us to test customer application usage reporting, but which I’m sure will be useful for lots of other things in the future like feature testing and stress testing. 💪

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Fri, 15 May 2020 17:30:00 +0000 5f14917c655e880012717ee1 Joseph Denne 2020-05-15T17:30:00+00:00