Edge Latest articles from the team en 2022 Edge Network Technologies Ltd. All rights reserved. Mon, 08 Aug 2022 07:35:54 +0000 2022-08-08T07:35:54+00:00 en 2022 Edge Network Technologies Ltd. All rights reserved. Edge https://edge.network/assets/img/dadi-logo-colour.png https://edge.network Weekly Update: W/C 25th July, 2022 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-25th-july-2022 https://cdn.edge.network/uploads Good evening @everyone 👋

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

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

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

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

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

And that about covers it for this week!

Enjoy your weekends!

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

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

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

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

https://test.network/transaction/ab9392afe6123caa44b85fe90431a4330f6cfc4cd8b53c9677cacb5aa4ce8e9a

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

Fiat Purchase > XE Purchase > XE Burn

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

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

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

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

And that about covers it for this week!

Enjoy your weekends.

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Fri, 22 Jul 2022 17:30:00 +0000 62e41fd45480340019a820f7 Joseph Denne 2022-07-22T17:30:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 11th July, 2022 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-11th-july-2022 https://cdn.edge.network/uploads Good evening @everyone 👋

We started the week ready to open up the new account system, allowing you to spin up Edge Servers in a matter of minutes, using XE for payment. Everything was set. But as often happens with the best laid plans, we suffered a little setback: some hardware at one of our partners that was powering the London zone of the Edge Network failed. For those of you who aren’t aware, we are experiencing a particularly intense heatwave here in the UK, and those increased temperatures led to multiple power supply units to fail. Over the course of a few days we monitored the situation and identified the hardware causing the issue, which was removed from the setup.

As you can see, this led to some outages on the network as well, but the good news is that the network is built to recover from faults like this, and as soon as connectivity to the Stargate was restored, the network recovered automatically.

Recently, we expanded the Gateway layer, and we’ll continue to expand both this layer along with the Stargate layer, adding more redundancy and making the network even more resilient to faults.

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On the back of the outage we have decided to advance our trusted partner programme, and will be adding a new region to Edge Servers. This will be completed next week. Our original plan was to make available the remaining capacity in the current Edge Servers region, based 20 miles outside of London. The additional trusted partner being bought online is located at a facility in London’s Docklands, which as some of you might know, is the most connected location in Europe.

The new account system is fully ready to open up, and as soon as we have the new capacity in place, we’ll do so.

I know some of you are excited to see it so here’s a sneak preview of what it looks like:

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Meanwhile, the team is already hard at work implementing FIAT payment options. There will be both one-off and automatic top ups available using this method, with FIAT exchanged for XE at time of purchase, which will then be used for daily billing. Following delivery of the FIAT features, we’ll be integrating Edge DNS and Edge CDN into the account system. We’re pumped for what’s coming!

If you haven’t already seen it, @Pod raised some great questions in a recent marketing thread, so definitely give that a read and add to the discussion if you like. You can find it here:

https://discord.com/channels/371989135172567051/940670440664334377/996871428156698695

As you may know, some of the team are involved in the Mudas NFT project, and wow, some of the artwork that we saw this week was amazing. We can’t wait to be able to show you what we’ve been working on, but it’s almost as 🔥as the UK right now. Certainly some of the most complex and beautiful digital art that we’ve seen.

Speaking of which, next week, owing to the forecasted high🔥 temperatures here in the UK, we’re having a slightly shorter week, with most of the team enjoying Monday & Tuesday away from their computers (and likely sitting in baths filled with ice cubes). We will still be around though, in the event of any issues, or in case anyone wants to chat about how awesome edge networking is 😀

And that’s about it for this week!

Enjoy your weekends (and wear sunscreen!) 🍻

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Fri, 15 Jul 2022 17:30:00 +0000 62db0a185480340019a820f0 Adam K Dean 2022-07-15T17:30:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 04th July, 2022 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-04th-july-2022 https://cdn.edge.network/uploads Good evening @everyone 👋

This week we’ve been laser focused on getting the account system live. We deployed all systems to mainnet, and started our live testing using live XE. You may have seen some of the invoice payment transactions already, but if not, here’s what they look like:

https://xe.network/transaction/12fea1fb0f3ac7d06c7ba88b85046a224db928978ad88e4b32770518e7a270fa

We’re planning to open up the system early next week. In the beginning, there will be Edge Servers available, with billing in XE. We’re then going to be following up over the coming months with:

• FIAT payments (funding your account via traditional credit/debit cards) • DNS (using our globally available DNS service) • CDN (using v2 — the network you guys contribute hosts to)

Once we’ve completed the above, we’ll then be introducing options to fund your account with other cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, Ether, EDGE, xAsset, and more. The first step is to go live with billing in XE but we can’t wait to start pushing the other updates out after that!

Earlier in the week, Index v1.25.0 and Explorer v1.21.1 were both deployed to mainnet. These updates fixed the stake count on the Wallets page (which now exclude released stakes), and also added the ability to browse Gateways connected to a Stargate and Hosts connected to a Gateway, e.g. https://xe.network/node/xe_63cE613569a384df030F5a4D27C88df1C04cDCaA

Explorer v1.21.2 was deployed to mainnet along with Wallet v1.18.2 which included fixes for displaying the correct node status. This needed patching after we slowed down the heart rate of the network (every node has a heartbeat… the network is alive!) to reduce inter-node chatter.

A few weeks ago we proposed to create a Community Advocate role. Following discussions in the proposal thread, we felt there wasn’t enough of a demand to justify the time and effort it would take to set up and run a Community Advocate program, so we’ve decided not to go ahead with the Community Advocate role. Instead we’re going to look into more ways of encouraging regular members to boost their engagement in wider circles. Speaking of which…

We’re looking for suggestions for ways of increasing engagement among the community. What things would you like to see here in the Discord, as well as out in the wider community (Twitter, Reddit, etc) that would increase your engagement in the project? Let us know.

And that’s about it for this week. Keep an eye on the announcements channel, we’ll let you know early next week when the account system is open to the public. We’ll also be creating a feedback channel for any issues you find during this time.

If you missed last weeks update, you can read it on site now:

http://ed.ge/update/2022/06/27

Enjoy your weekends!

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Fri, 08 Jul 2022 17:30:00 +0000 62d1d1615480340019a820ef Adam K Dean 2022-07-08T17:30:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 27th June, 2022 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-27th-june-2022 https://cdn.edge.network/uploads/media/2022/07/02/169Social.png Good evening everyone 👋

This week Stargate saw an update, with v2.10.6-230 being deployed to mainnet. This update introduced improvements to the area of Stargate that monitors connected nodes for changes in their stakes (such as them being reassigned or unstaked). This process is now more efficient and more robust. Build 230 also improved the way in which Gateway sessions are handled, allowing a grace period for Gateways to reconnect before treating them as offline, which allows for easier recovery on network blips.

The team have also been heads-down, busy at work, putting the finishing touches on the account system. There are a lot of moving parts, but things are looking good. The user interface is getting a final review and polish, while the behind-the-scenes services are being prepared for mainnet. We’re working towards this being available next week (exciting!) so keep an eye on the 📢 announcements channel in Discord 👀

The network remains stable. The number of online nodes has been a little bit lower towards the latter half of this week, when we switched off the original London Gateway node. It seems some devices haven’t switched over to their local Gateway yet so if you notice your earnings are lower than usual, try restarting your nodes. This can help with DNS issues your nodes may be experiencing.

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(That one drop was the Stargate deployment, v2.10.6-230)

Everything is performing well. Host RTT latency is on average, across all Hosts and Gateways, 178 ms. This means 178 ms on average from Stargate -> Gateway -> Host and back, so 4 hops, average of 44 ms per hop. This will improve with time as we add more and more Gateway nodes.

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CDN performs well, with uncached images being processed in under a second on average. Downloading origin images takes on average 300 ms, processing takes on average 150 ms, and other overheads (transport, packing, unpacking etc) takes on average 150 ms, giving uncached CDN requests an average duration of 600 ms. This isn’t bad at all, considering some of the origin assets are high resolution images, 10-20 MB or greater in size.

Of course, most assets the network serves are cached, and are delivered directly by Gateways. The average this week for cached hits was 90%, though this fluctuates. That means 9 out of 10 requests were handled by Gateways, with 1 out of 10 requiring processing by a Host.

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Finally, a couple of weeks ago we proposed to create a community advocate role. If you haven’t read about that, check out last week’s update. If you’d like to discuss the idea, please take a look at the proposal thread 001-community-advocates in Discord.

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

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Fri, 01 Jul 2022 17:30:00 +0000 62c001595480340019a820ee Adam K Dean 2022-07-01T17:30:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 20th June, 2022 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-20th-june-2022 https://cdn.edge.network/uploads/media/2022/07/02/168Social.png Good evening all 👋

This week we expanded the Gateway layer and now have points of presence in 8 locations around the world, with more on the way. This has had a tremendous positive impact on the performance of the network, with average round trip latency times (RTT) for Host jobs reducing from 2.7 seconds to 200 ms. This measures the time it takes for a message to travel from a Stargate to a Host and back (Stargate -> Gateway -> Host -> Gateway -> Stargate). Hosts are now connecting to their local Gateway and customer traffic is now being handled by local Gateways too. This in turn has increased the performance of delivering content to consumers, with job processing being 10 times faster on average. A tremendous improvement and a great milestone for the network.

We’ve also maintained 235+ nodes on the network over the last week, and are getting ever closer to the 250 mark. If you have stakes but you haven’t onboarded nodes yet, it’s super easy, just follow the onboarding guide (and if you get stuck, ask a member of the community or core team):

https://wiki.edge.network/contributing-to-the-network/setting-up-a-host

For the last few weeks, we’ve been so busy working on getting the account system up and running and on expanding and optimising the network, that we completely forgot to tell you (though we noticed at the time) that XE had its first mainnet birthday. We’re not one to forget a birthday so, while we’re a few weeks late, let’s all wish our blockchain a belated happy first birthday!

https://xe.network/block/1

Now, last week, we ran a little competition to see if we could hit 10% of the supply being staked, with the highest contributor(s) receiving a prize of 2,500 XE. We had four wallets stake XE over this past week, with 13 Host stakes and 1 Gateway stake being created (57,500 XE) . While two of the wallets staked 6 Hosts each (great effort, xe_abbf2b…cad910 and xe_23f0C1…A85403), the winner is xe_6c511F…372859 with a total staked of 25,000 XE. Your prize will be on its way soon. ✨

Unfortunately, we’ve had some illness in the team this week, with one of our engineers out with COVID. This has led to a slight slowdown in relation to the account project, but work hasn’t stopped and we’ve been hard at work refining the user interface and are on track to open this up in the next couple of weeks. The team have also been working on distributed file storage with the network, as we look to really harness the power of the nodes out there. More on this soon.

As you know, some of the team are involved with Mudas Capital, a Web 3.0 orientated project focused on putting the power of the Internet back into the hands of everyone. We’ll have some exciting news to share with you soon but for now if you haven’t heard about this amazing project yet, this is a great opportunity to learn more about it:

https://medium.com/@mudas/introducing-mudas-capital-969a5b3d11b1

And that’s about it for this week!

If you missed last weeks update, scroll up ☝️ …or you can read it on site now:

https://ed.ge/update/2022/06/13

Enjoy your weekends.

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Fri, 24 Jun 2022 17:30:00 +0000 62bf08f45480340019a820e7 Adam K Dean 2022-06-24T17:30:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 13th June, 2022 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-13th-june-2022 https://cdn.edge.network/uploads/media/2022/06/24/weeklyUpdate130622.png Good evening all 👋

Hopefully you’ve all been using suncream in this heatwave (30º C+ here in the UK 🔥), but we don’t need to worry about that, we’ve been indoors, in the shade, working hard to get the account system ready to go live. We’re currently on course to have it live in just over two weeks. Everything is working well and we’re in the throes of putting the finishing touches in place.

Gateways have been staked and prepared for expansion, which is now expected to happen on Monday. Once the additional Gateways go live, we should notice Hosts connecting to their local Gateway, though the internet can be a bit weird at times so if you see some strange connections, just let us know.

Stargates are in the process of being staked for the DNS layer, ahead of expansion of full Stargate nodes later this year. So far, this brings us to 514 stakes, totalling 5,070,000 XE (9.9% of supply). In fact, we’re so close to 10% (only 30,000 XE) that we’ve decided to run a little ✨ community competition ✨!

Over the next week, if we hit 5,100,000 XE staked (10% of supply!) then the person that stakes the most over this period will receive 2,500 XE from the growth fund. In the event of a tie, the prize fund will be shared. The competition will end at 20:00 UTC next Friday.

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This week saw an increased number of deployments.

Explorer saw three deployments: v1.20.4, v1.20.5, and v1.20.6, which introduced bug fixes for pending transactions, certain transaction values, and a tweak to the overview page. Thanks to everyone for the bug reports.

Stargate saw a number of deployments too, with v2.10.1-222, v2.10.2-223, and v2.10.5-228, along with Gateway v2.9.4-146 and Host v2.4.6-82. These updates addressed a number of issues, including but not limited to, performance enhancements, monitoring improvements, session management, network chatter, and inter-node communication.

For the update to Hosts which went out on Wednesday, we spaced updates 500 ms apart, which meant two Hosts per second started to update. This led to a quick yet smooth update propagation, as can be seen in these two charts:

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In the first chart above, you’ll see the version crossover. The plateau comes from the initial update, where 10 Hosts at random are instructed to update. Once they’re confirmed as working correctly, the update is then pushed out to all Hosts. This is just one of a number of QoL features that we have to ensure the network remains stable. In the second chart above, you’ll see the overall number of Hosts connected to the network. As you can see, it remains very stable.

Now, on the subject of charts, this week we said a temporary goodbye to a valuable member of the community owing to the stress of crypto. Our friend, Pod, who loved charts and data and nerdy stuff, has decided to take a break. Crypto can be rough at times, knowing when to take a break, go for a walk, and spend a bit of time offline with friends is important. If you’re reading this Pod, we’ll still be here, working to make the web a fairer, greener place when you’re ready to rejoin us. Let’s all press F to pay respects.

This week we migrated another long-time customer over to CDN v2. The switch was rather uneventful and their images and non-image assets are now being powered by your Hosts, so on their behalf, thank you!

🗳️ We’ve been thinking about ways in which we can increase community engagement, and would like to put forward a proposal to create a new community role, the Community Advocate. This role won’t be limited to one person, but to as many as are interested. Community Advocates will be responsible for going out and spreading the word about the project, interacting with people who may not have heard about Edge and showing them what they’re missing out on. They will need to be active in this Discord as well as on other platforms, and will be rewarded for their hard work with XE.

And that’s about it for this week!

If you missed last weeks update, you can read it on site now: https://ed.ge/update/2022/06/06

Have a great weekend 👋

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Fri, 17 Jun 2022 17:30:00 +0000 62b602425480340019a820e0 Adam K Dean 2022-06-17T17:30:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 06th June, 2022 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-06th-june-2022 https://cdn.edge.network/uploads/media/2022/06/17/166WeeklyUpdates.png Good evening everyone 👋

Last week we talked about expanding the DNS layer to 24 Stargates, with points of presence all across the globe. This week we’ve been watching how it has performed, and we are amazed.

Last week we switched a long-term customer — who previously used Amazon Route 53 for DNS — over to Edge DNS. When we compared the performance of 28 May 2022 (DNS via Route 53) with 4 June 2022 (DNS via Edge), we saw the average page load time 42.95% faster; the average redirection time 66.74% faster; the average domain lookup time 38.25% faster; the average server connection time 49.48% faster; the average server response time 4.35% faster; and the average page download time 77.90% faster.

What does this actually mean for them and their users? We saw the number of sessions per user increase by 3.36%; the number of pages per session increase by 0.78%; the average session duration increase by 1.88%; and the bounce rate reduce by 2.93%!

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This is a great result and shows that not only are we on par with an industry leading DNS provider, but that early indicators show network performance surpassing it.

Edge DNS will be available to use publicly soon. ETA? July.

The Edge Accounts system — you know, the one where you’ll be able to spin up Edge Servers instantly, integrate Edge CDN into your content deliver pipeline, and deliver real-world performance enhancements with Edge DNS — well that’s coming along really well. Some of you may have noticed that there have been test.network transactions relating to invoices. We’ve been hard at work and now have billing and payments working in XE. This is the first step towards an XE-powered Edge service offering, and it’s only the beginning.

We’re putting the finishing touches on this new system and can’t wait to share it with you. We will be opening up Edge Servers first, allowing you to quickly spin up fully functional Linux virtual machines and pay for them with XE. No contracts, no minimum terms, hourly billing and daily payment cycles mean you use what you want, when you want.

Following this, we will be releasing Edge DNS, shortly followed by Edge CDN and FIAT & crypto top up options. And we have so much more in store as well.

Last week we also talked about the expansion of the Gateway layer in mainnet. We’ve been busy preparing these nodes across the globe, ensuring peering arrangements are in place and the machines are configured correctly. Next week we expect to be bringing these online on mainnet and switching over Gateway traffic to them. While testnet is up and running (and running well), we’re working hard to make sure that everything is in place so that the upgrade can go ahead without downtime.

And finally, Stargate v2.9.8-213 was deployed to mainnet, fixing an issue with SSL certificate synchronisation between certificate authority and Stargates. Some certificates were renewing but Gateways weren’t updating their local copies. This is no longer the case.

And that’s that for this week.

Enjoy your weekends.

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Fri, 10 Jun 2022 17:30:00 +0000 62acda615480340019a820db Joseph Denne 2022-06-10T17:30:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 30th May, 2022 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-30th-may-2022 https://cdn.edge.network/uploads/media/2022/07/02/165Social.png Good evening all 👋

This week has been a short week, with most of the core team enjoying two national holidays for a long weekend. Still, we were as busy as usual at the start of the week.

Work on the account system is progressing well, with server backups now working from the user interface, including creating, restoring, removing, and viewing previous backups. There have been improvements to account security, and to the way in which the user interface handles server events (deployments, power cycles, backups, etc.).

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On the billing side, service charges are now being recorded in testnet, and work on daily settlement of bills is next on the list. If you’re interested in learning more about how the billing system will work and how it will utilise XE, take a look at last week’s update 👆

There have also been a number of smaller tasks completed, including alterations to 2FA, updates to account recovery flows, and a whole bunch of other fixes and improvements.

Some of you have asked about fluctuations in payouts for Host nodes.

The daily payout for nodes is completely dynamic, being calculated based on a number of factors. This means that sometimes factors outside your control can change how much your node earns, fewer nodes online means you’ll earn more, and vice versa. As we expand the Gateway layer, regional pockets of Hosts will emerge, with payouts reflecting this.

Speaking of which, expansion of the Gateway layer on testnet is complete, with mainnet Gateway expansion expected to be rolled out next week. The first stage of this rollout will see points of presence in 8 locations around the globe, localising traffic networks between clients, Gateways, and Hosts.

The DNS layer in the network is now live on mainnet, running in 24 Stargates. A number of domains are already in production, including of course edge.network.

And that’s pretty much it for this week!

If you missed last weeks update, you can read it on site now: https://ed.ge/update/2022/05/23

Enjoy your weekends.

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Fri, 03 Jun 2022 17:30:00 +0000 62a3a9375480340019a820d8 Joseph Denne 2022-06-03T17:30:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 23rd May, 2022 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-23rd-may-2022 https://cdn.edge.network/uploads Adam K Dean:

Good evening all 👋

This week saw two deployments to mainnet (and many to testnet), with Index v1.24.2 and Explorer v1.20.1 having been deployed to mainnet. These updates improve the performance of browsing nodes in the explorer by reducing the number requests needed to gather all the data.

Development of the account system is coming along swiftly. This week we’ve been working on server management tasks: everything from the user interface right through to the hypervisors managing the VMs. Resizing VMs has been implemented, with backups and snapshots on the way. There has also been work on the account management screens, with two-factor authentication and email recovery interfaces being refined, along with a whole bunch of other UI improvements.

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Behind the scenes we’ve also been working on the billing system, which will be powered by XE. Each account will have an XE balance, which can be topped up either directly with XE, or through FIAT and other crypto routes (BTC, ETH, EDGE, etc). Service usage will then be billed in XE at the end of each day. Prices will be in USD, with the XE cost calculated at the end of each day based on the exchange rate. This is what gives XE its real world utility, and what over time will drive purchase pressure for the token.

We currently have XE wallets integrated, pricing models in place (though final prices are still TBD), daily usage and billing in place and working, and in the next week or two will begin working on the settlement procedure. After that we’ll integrate billing into the user interface, and we should then be ready for the first release.

Next up on the roadmap or the interfaces will be content delivery integration and FIAT & alternative crypto top-up options. We’re super excited and can’t wait to release this!

[Now a rousing speech to reassure the community]

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Jsoeph Denne:

We know some of you have been asking what we’re planning to do about the token volume, and there have been concerns about our marketing approach in this regard. We hear you.

Of course the macroeconomic outlook is very gloomy (something of a common theme throughout the four years since the Edge crowdsale – crypto crash! Pandemic! War! Hyperinflation! Beelzebub sighted off the coast of England!). With this backdrop marketing the cryptonomic side of the project in isolation is something of an uphill battle, akin to pushing water uphill.

We believe that the solution to increasing volume lies in the utility of the token – in network services, in staking and in governance. We’re building a platform for long term sustained value, not for short burn upside. We’re working non-stop to introduce a mechanism for individuals and businesses to buy green network services directly with XE. And those of you who have staked XE to run Hosts are currently seeing average annual returns of 35%.

The network is in a crossover phase, with production traffic slowly being moved to v2 and the processes around community governance and the DAO being defined and built. As these work streams complete we will start to see the impact on the underlying token. Services purchased directly through the network will buy and burn XE, reducing supply. Network growth will see additional XE taken off of the table and locked in stakes. And new tokenomic attributes will be bought online to further enhance and incentivise the use of the platform.

Now it’s important to be clear that this doesn’t mean that we’re anti-marketing. Far from it. (The background of the team attests to that.) But we know from experience that marketing the cryptonomics of the project alone in the current climate would be a waste of funds. And that to market the network itself requires directly actionable services that will drive value creation. So for now we’re keeping our powder dry and focusing our efforts elsewhere.

Adam K Dean:

To this end we are in the process of bringing 8 new Gateways and 24 new Stargates online. This gives the network extensive additional coverage and performance. And it means that an additional 6,200,000 XE is being staked, taking the total amount of supply locked in stakes to 17.7%.

Once the new account system is live, we’ll be delivering the new Edge website, focused on highlighting the green services we have available. Marketing spend will then go into promoting the services, working to bring customers in and stimulate the token economy around XE.

Joseph Denne:

It is in this that the community has an active role to play. When you can directly refer customers to sign up and pay for services, you will be able to play a part in the success of the network. And of course you will be rewarded for doing so, with 10% of all referred network revenue returned to you for the lifetime of the engagement.

Adam K Dean:

Those of you who have been with us for a while know that we’re here to stay. There hasn’t been a week that has gone by where we haven’t been hard at work, writing code, designing new systems, delivering updates and pushing boundaries. What we’re doing here is cutting edge – pun not intended! – but we’re committed to building a fairer, greener Internet.

So even though it’s hard out there, hang on, HODL, spread the word, and show the crypto community that this project won’t be slowed down by winters or bears.

If you want to keep up to date with the latest updates, you can now join our Twitter Community: https://twitter.com/i/communities/1510970463954087940

If you missed last weeks update, scroll up ☝️ …or you can read it on site now: https://ed.ge/update/2022/05/16

And that’s it for this week. Here’s to the weekend. 🍷

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Fri, 27 May 2022 17:30:00 +0000 629a4c945480340019a820d3 Joseph Denne 2022-05-27T17:30:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 16th May, 2022 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-16th-may-2022 https://cdn.edge.network/uploads/media/2022/05/27/weeklyUpdate163.png Good evening all 👋

The network saw just one mainnet deployment, as we’ve been busy behind the scenes on the account system.

Stargate v2.9.4-200 was deployed to mainnet and introduced some optimisations for closed session storage. Among these were cleaning up of older session data that was having an impact on read times.

The account system is coming along well, with server deployment now in place using our green Edge servers. We currently have one region (UK #1) but will be expanding our points of presence further down the line. In addition to this, we’ve been working hard on the design for the billing system, which will operate primarily on our XE blockchain. There will be FIAT top up options available, with a daily pay-as-you-go model for servers and content delivery, and later on, Storage too.

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Earnings have remained stable, with node operators continuing to earn XE on a daily basis based on their node’s availability. Soon we’ll be introducing changes to the algorithm to make use of the work completed, but we’ll write more about that closer to the time.

Just a reminder that a couple of weeks ago we introduced clock drift protection to the network. If your device is failing to connect and displays a time out of sync error, try enabling automatic date & time. This will ensure your system has the right time which is crucial to the correct operation of nodes.

Expansion of the Gateway layer is progressing. The intention is to bring the number of Gateways up to three in the first instance within the next month, and then even further throughout the rest of the year. We expect this expansion to lead to even further reductions in request TTFB (time-to-first-byte) along with more distributed pockets of hosts. We’ll write more about this closer to the time.

If you want to keep up to date with the latest updates, you can now join our Twitter Community:

https://twitter.com/i/communities/1510970463954087940

And that’s all for this week!

Enjoy your weekends 🍻

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Fri, 20 May 2022 17:30:00 +0000 629119355480340019a820ce Adam K Dean 2022-05-20T17:30:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 02nd May, 2022 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-02nd-may-2022 https://cdn.edge.network/uploads/media/2022/05/13/weeklyUpdate020522.png Good evening everyone 👋

This week was shorter than usual as we had yet another bank holiday, but we’ve put 120% effort into the 80% of the week that we had left!

Not that many releases to report this week as we’ve been busy working on the new customer portal and account system.

The new portal will allow customers to quickly and easily create accounts, fund them, and start using services. What’s more, it’s completely anonymous! The new account system will feature a one-click account creation process, with optional recovery and security settings.

Payments for services will be billed in XE, though customers will have a variety of options to top up their accounts, either through crypto (BTC, ETH, and more) or through FIAT transactions. To begin with customers will have access to Edge Servers and Edge CDN, with more products planned.

This week the network has seen increased traffic to v2 mainnet, with cdn.edge.network now being powered by v2 along with some others. As some of you have seen already, the amount of work nodes have been performing has increased accordingly.

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Currently requests are being fairly distributed to all hosts, though this can lead to certain requests being slightly slower. Soon, v2 Gateways will begin to distribute requests based on performance, which will mean some hosts will receive more work than others.

Not to worry though, we’re going to be adding new Gateways to v2 very soon, which will see pockets of locally connected hosts handling locally routed traffic. Super exciting stuff.

Releases this week:

Stargate v2.9.2-193 was deployed to mainnet. This update fixed an issue with automatic certificate renewal (where certificates were considered valid until they… weren’t). Certificates now automatically renew a week before expiry.

Earnings Oracle v0.7.4 was deployed to mainnet, patching an issue with earnings memo formatting that were sometimes a little too verbose on the first day of the month.

As you know, some members of the team are assisting with Mudas Capital, and things are moving very quickly. The creative teams have been working on the Fogo — the creatures of fire who seek to burn down the lands the Muda inhabit, meanwhile the technical teams have been working on a number of areas, one among them being the generation of Mudas.

Mudas, behind the scenes, are ERC-721 NFTs. They have physical traits, attributes, personalities, and more, and all these aspects are determined by their Muda DNA (MDNA).

These MDNA sequences are composed of a number of genes, the determination of which will depend on how the Mudas are created. The strings of MDNA, just as in nature, can mutate, they can be inherited from parents at random, and they can lead to an unfathomable number of variations.

As you can see, this is shaping up to be a very unique and detailed ecosystem.

The MDNA strings will allow for the reconstruction of Mudas in a number of ways: there will be the lo-fi on-chain NFT visualiser, the hi-fi off-chain NFT visualiser, and even some integrations with the Metaverse.

Mudas Capital is using Edge for its green network services. And they started using Edge CDN today as well. Take a look at:

https://cdn.mudas.com/images/mudas.png

Watch this space!

If you want to keep up to date with the latest releases, you can now join our Twitter Community:

https://twitter.com/i/communities/1510970463954087940

And that’s it for this week. Have a good weekend 🍻

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Fri, 06 May 2022 17:30:00 +0000 627e101e10ab6f0019f606c3 Joseph Denne 2022-05-06T17:30:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 25th April, 2022 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-25th-april-2022 https://cdn.edge.network/uploads/media/2022/05/06/160.png Good evening everyone 👋

This week we released a number of features & fixes, along with a new internal service that monitors the performance of the network. The network monitor keeps track of the connection metrics of various request types, images, assets, cached, and uncached, allows us to track the performance of the network under different scenarios and allows us to track the performance impacts of updates.

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The repository for this tool is open source, of course, and you can find it here: https://github.com/edge/monitor

Index v1.23.0 was released to mainnet, adding another new API for hourly and daily statistics for all nodes belonging to a wallet. The API also provides metric averages and totals across those nodes, making it simple to visualise both overall and per-node performance.

Gateway v2.9.1-138 was released to mainnet, adding support for query strings in cache paths, plus fixes for some special characters in paths.

Wallet v1.17.0 was released to mainnet, adding charts to the Nodes tab to display your nodes availability and work done - hourly over 24 hours, or daily over 7 or 30 days. There are charts for the average availability, total requests and total data in/out across all your nodes, plus charts for each node’s individual data.

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Explorer v1.20.0 was released to mainnet, adding the option to hide released stakes when browsing stakes (pictured). This release also includes some bug fixes and minor design tweaks.

Wallet v1.18.0 was released to mainnet, adding the option to hide released stakes when browsing stakes, similarly to Explorer, plus some bug fixes and minor design tweaks.

If you want to keep up to date with the latest releases, you can now join our Twitter Community: https://twitter.com/i/communities/1510970463954087940

If you missed last weeks update, scroll up ☝️ …or you can read it on site now: https://ed.ge/update/2022/04/18

Next week we have another - ! - bank holiday here in the UK, so it’ll be a shorter week than usual, but we have a lot planned and can’t wait to see you all after the break!

Enjoy your weekends 🍻

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Fri, 29 Apr 2022 17:30:00 +0000 6275985110ab6f0019f606b8 Adam K Dean 2022-04-29T17:30:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 18th April, 2022 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-18th-april-2022 https://cdn.edge.network/uploads/media/2022/05/06/159.png Happy Friday everyone 😀

It was another short week here as Monday was a bank holiday. Nevertheless we have made some great progress.

Seven - 7! - releases this week:

First up, Earnings Oracle v0.7.1 was released – a key update that improves scalability in anticipation of network growth. It also adds metrics collection over time, so we are able to determine how much work was performed by which devices during exactly which time periods.

Index v1.22.2 adds a new API for hourly and daily statistics for each node on the network, plus an API to access raw earnings snapshot data.

Explorer v1.19.1 uses the new statistics API on Index to visualise performance on the node overview. This means that you can view any node’s availability and work done - hourly over 24 hours, or daily over 7 or 30 days.

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As noted in conversation in Discord, you’ll note a low level of jobs in the network at the moment. This is because most network traffic is currently in network v1. We’re transitioning to v2 over a period of time to allow for performance testing as we go.

Wallet v1.16.0 adds a ‘receive’ button which displays your wallet address and a QR code, which can be scanned to facilitate receiving funds.

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Very smart.

Bridge v2.7.2 provides minor improvements to logging.

Stargate v2.9.1-187 provides minor improvements to logging.

Gateway v2.9.0-136 improves the accuracy of data measurements by requiring origin servers to provide Content-Length for processable assets. It also provides minor improvements to logging.

In other news our partnership with Mudas (mudas.com) focused on the provision of a referral programme ahead of their genesis period. This is being built on Edge and should be released in the next few weeks.

And another site moved to the Edge network (Edge servers beta; CDN; and DNS). We’ll share this one in the next week or two.

Mad props to community member The Elk, who now has 22 Hosts online 👊

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And that’s all for this week. Here’s a relaxing weekend.

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Fri, 22 Apr 2022 17:30:00 +0000 626c054810ab6f0019f606b1 Joseph Denne 2022-04-22T17:30:00+00:00
Earnings Oracle v0.7.0 https://edge.network/updates/network/earnings-oracle-v0.7.0 https://cdn.edge.network/uploads/media/2022/04/19/earningsOracle-1650363238155.png The latest release of the Earnings Oracle adds metrics collection over time, enabling the determination of how much work was performed by which devices during specific time periods. Hourly and daily snapshots are available through the Earnings API, which can be correlated with payments client-side. These will be made available this week through the Index API, which in turn will feed some useful updates to Explorer later this week.

Please note that metrics are not currently being used in earnings calculations, as this is new functionality that we are still testing and verifying. For the moment, device uptime remains the key metric for earnings.

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The number of messages shown in this screenshot is colossal because all open session metrics to date have been collected in the latest hourly snapshot, and the next daily snapshot (in about 45 minutes). Metrics in all subsequent snapshots will have delta (relative; change) values, now that Earnings Oracle has prior ‘starting’ values to compare with. As such, if you have nodes currently online and look at their metrics, you may notice an initial spike in the numbers, followed by much smaller values. This is expected and nothing to worry about.

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Tue, 19 Apr 2022 09:30:00 +0000 625e898210ab6f0019f606a6 Adam K Dean 2022-04-19T09:30:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 11th April, 2022 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-11th-april-2022 https://cdn.edge.network/uploads/media/2022/04/22/weeklyUpdate.png Hi Everyone 👋

It’s a bank holiday here today – it’s been a short week and we have a few members if the team away on holiday as well, so this will be a shorter than usual update.

The team have been working on node data aggregation and visualisation, which will start to be added to the wallet over the coming weeks. Metrics from nodes are pretty comprehensive and there’s a lot that can be done to provide a rich data experience.

Some sample graphs can be seen below:

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We’ve also been working in the new Edge site, which has moved forward at a pace and is now in beta review. All being well we expect to have this live in May.

Work with a new partner as part of Edge’s ecosystem progressed, and should be public in the next couple of weeks. This is a service that utilises the network to provide some smart utility for business.

The team have also been supporting Mudas, working on contracts and the use of XE as a layer 2 solution for their in game economics.

You can read a fantastic article about the the Mudas foundation, Fundação Mudas, here:

https://mudas.medium.com/fundação-mudas-82a726252157

We’ve been privy to the design process of the environments for Mudas as well, which are looking just fantastic. If you missed last weeks update, you can access it on site now:

https://ed.ge/update/2022/04/04

And that’s it for this week. Monday is also a Bank holiday here, so we’ll back to it on Tuesday.

Have a very Happy Easter 🥚

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Fri, 15 Apr 2022 17:30:00 +0000 6263088710ab6f0019f606ab Joseph Denne 2022-04-15T17:30:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 04th April, 2022 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-04th-april-2022 https://cdn.edge.network/uploads/media/2022/04/15/weeklyUpdate040422.png Hello everyone 👋

Loads to update you on this evening – it’s been a busy week!

The number of nodes online on the network has pushed up past 190… we’re nearing 200! Another 3,500 XE has been paid out to Hosts this week, and the distributing wallet has been refilled with XE for Q2. Tx. https://xe.network/transaction/2ca18096f56001a32f018b6969bfa6772376ed7e506c8874bc6c36fb5263e411

The iOS Mobile Wallet is now available on the App Store 💥

We want to thank everyone who helped with testing over the last few months, especially those who took the time to share detailed feedback, suggestions, and bug reports. Get the app now by going to https://ed.ge/app or scan the QR code below.

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We’re also happy to announce that the repository is now open source. We’re open to community contributions so if you’d like to delve deeper, you can find it here:

https://github.com/edge/mobile-wallet

If you spot any bugs or have feedback, please let us know. Thank you 🙏

This week, mainnet saw a bunch of deployments. Here’s a summary:

Earnings v0.6.1 — Fixed issue with sorting which led to availability metric issues.

Index v1.20.0 — QoL patches, session, map, reporting improvements

Explorer v1.17.0 — Checkbox to hide offline nodes, availability re-enabled, other fixes

Stargate v2.8.1-181 — Cache deletion endpoint expanded to allow finer grained control.

Gateway 2.7.0-122 — Caching enabled for non-image assets.

Stargate v2.9.0-184 — Support added for Host & CDN metrics.

Gateway v2.8.0-125 — Support added to collect Host & CDN metrics and pass this on to Stargate.

Gateway v2.8.1-127 — Fixed issue with cached SVGs.

Additionally, we pushed an update to the iOS Mobile Wallet, with XE v1.1 now available in the App Store. For more detailed information, see the 💾│releases channel on Discord.

If you want to keep up to date with the latest releases, you can now join our Twitter Community: https://twitter.com/i/communities/1510970463954087940

Just as a reminder, the testnet blockchain & network are publicly available to use for those of you who want to try them out. You can create a testnet wallet using the mobile app beta or via https://wallet.test.network/, and you can explore both the blockchain and network nodes at https://test.network/. There you’ll also find the Automated Faucet which you can use to acquire some testnet XE (2500 per day). Alternatively, if you don’t have a Twitter account, ask a member of the team to send you some testnet XE.

The NFT partner that we’ve been working with is called Mudas Capital.

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:

  • Disrupt and in some cases replace legacy industries
  • Encourage mass consumer adoption of Web 3.0 principles and practices
  • Democratize early-investment opportunities in emerging tech
  • 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.

Unlike the vast majority of Web 2.0 corporations — for whom concepts of preservation, regeneration, and global wellness are far from a major concern — alongside Mudas Capital’s radically inclusive economic model, they have launched Fundação Mudas. This sits at the core of the project: a Brazilian non-profit that is supporting the long-term conservation and restoration of the country’s rainforests and other biomes. 10% of the projects revenue is being allocated to this endeavour with investments in land and forest management as well as collaborations with partner organisations offering the highest expertise in permanent forest-based carbon capture. Fundação Mudas isn’t just committed to planting trees, but in playing a meaningful role as true protectors of the forest in harmony with surrounding communities.

Here’s a sample of the artwork at the heart of the project:

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(100% hand drawn by Brazilian artists!)

Mudas (Portuguese for seedling) are mysterious forest-dwelling creatures who inhabit a mystical world called the Mataverse (mata is Portuguese for forest). Their story plays out on https://mudas.com/, which will evolve over time into a metaverse environment. The Mudas website will comprise many different games, stories and apps that will empower anybody who wants to participate in the broader Mudas Capital ecosystem.

Mudas is being built by a large team of extremely talented people from all over the world.

It’s being put together on the Edge Network, which is providing hosting, DNS, CDN and the XE Blockchain.

You can read more about the project on: https://mudas.capital/

Oh! And if you participate in their genesis and hold $EDGE in the same wallet, you’ll receive a 10% bonus. If you missed last weeks update, scroll up ☝️ …or you can read it on site now:

https://ed.ge/update/2022/03/28

And finally, look out for an exciting new project with bags of utility launching as part of the Edge ecosystem in the coming couple of weeks 👀

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

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Fri, 08 Apr 2022 17:30:00 +0000 6259db6910ab6f0019f6069f Joseph Denne 2022-04-08T17:30:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 21st March, 2022 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-21st-march-2022 https://cdn.edge.network/uploads/media/2022/04/01/weeklyUpdate210322.png Evening gang!

This week saw another 3,500 XE paid out to Host nodes. We’ve had over 180 nodes online this week, which is amazing. You may have noticed your Hosts becoming a little more active as well as we increase traffic funnelling from v1 to v2.

The iOS Mobile Wallet open beta has been updated and mainnet is now enabled. This is still in beta so keep that in mind, but we’re working through testing all aspects of the app, including the seamless ability to swap between mainnet and testnet. We expect to be submitting the app to Apple next week.

If you’d like to give it a go, make sure you install the TestFlight app from the App Store then follow this link to join: https://ed.ge/mobile-wallet-open-beta (or scan the below QR Code).

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If you spot any bugs or have feedback, please let us know in the 📲│open-beta channel in Discord. Thanks 🙏.

This week the releases channel has been busy…

Auto Update v1.1.0-19 was released to mainnet which included compatibility updates for docker networking. Specifically, this allows for services to operate on user defined networks, important for masternodes.

CLI v1.7.1 was released for mainnet too, adding a new network parameter, enabling additional connectivity for Gateways. You can automatically update with edge update.

Stargate v2.6.1-165 was deployed to mainnet, introducing a new deployment handler that enables gradual updates across the network, ensuring high availability at all times. This build also included configuration and API updates to support new Gateway capabilities.

Gateway v2.4.1-107 was deployed to mainnet, adding a smart caching layer with support for fine-grained cache configuration per integration. Also in this build was a whole bunch of improvements and a boat-load of metrics.

Host v2.3.0-59 was deployed to mainnet too, which included CDN fixes and updated connectivity to support new Gateway features.

Explorer v1.16.3 was deployed to mainnet too, with a number of improvements and UI fixes to the node pages.

Index v1.18.13 & v1.18.14 were deployed to mainnet. These updates addressed some issues with the experimental availability figure calculations, though after a few more issues appeared, we temporarily removed the availability figure.

Finally, Explorer v1.16.6 was deployed to mainnet. This update temporarily removed the experimental availability statistic from the web interface. (We’ll be bringing it back next week!)

Stargate, Gateway, and Host also have a number of active work streams, some of which will be deployed next week. We’ve also been spending time working on the caching layer this week, integrating fine grained control for network customers.

We’ve also been working on a new update process to allow the gradual rollout of releases. This means we can update Hosts while maintaining network capacity and availability, as you can see from these charts below:

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The above image shows our first test of this, which started with 50 Hosts updating, one every 10 seconds, and a second test where the rest were updated at a rate of one every 5 seconds.

Just as a reminder, the testnet blockchain & network are publicly available to use for those of you who want to try them out. You can create a testnet wallet using the mobile app beta or via https://wallet.test.network/, and you can explore both the blockchain and network nodes at https://test.network/. There you’ll also find the Automated Faucet which you can use to acquire some testnet XE (2500 per day). Alternatively, if you don’t have a Twitter account, ask a member of the team to send you some testnet XE.

In other news, we’re deep in the weeds working with a new partner in the NFT space. We’ve mentioned this one before and they’re right on the verge of their initial launch. Their pre-registration site should be launching on Edge next week…

If you missed last weeks update, scroll up ☝️ …or you can read it on site now: https://ed.ge/update/2022/03/14

And that’s all from the team for this week. Have a good weekend all!

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Fri, 25 Mar 2022 18:30:00 +0000 62473b8210ab6f0019f6069a Adam K Dean 2022-03-25T18:30:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 14th March, 2022 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-14th-march-2022 https://cdn.edge.network/uploads/media/2022/03/21/weeklyUpdate140322.png Good evening everyone 👋

Another 3,500 XE has been paid out to Host nodes over the last week, with the automated earnings oracle processing payouts daily. Today we’ve had 171 nodes online with v2, which is amazing.

The iOS Mobile Wallet beta is now open to everyone. We’ve been working with a closed beta group for a few weeks but now we’re ready to open the app up to anyone who wants to give it a go before release. If you’ve kept your eye on the announcements channel, you’ll have already seen this. It’s currently locked to testnet while we test, but we’ll be opening up mainnet functionality early next week.

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The app features the ability to manage multiple XE & Ethereum wallets and send or swap XE, EDGE, USDC, and Ether. If you’d like to give it a go, make sure you install the TestFlight app from the App Store then follow this link to join: https://ed.ge/mobile-wallet-open-beta

If you spot any bugs or have feedback, please let us know in the 📲│open-beta channel in Discord. Thank you 🙏

You may also have noticed that node exploration has been introduced to the explorer. This is the first iteration of node exploration, introducing the ability to view all nodes or individual nodes and explore their locations with the map, with much more to come, including node statistics, network contributions, and all manner of other cool metrics.

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Now, onto deployments. On mainnet this week:

Index v1.18.5 + v1.18.6 were deployed which contained improvements and fixes for session synchronisation along with changes to the gasrates endpoint.

Stargate v2.5.0-153 + Stargate v2.5.2-157 were then deployed which introduced geolocation for all network nodes. All locations have a level of fuzziness added to them.

Index v1.18.10 was deployed which introduced the ability to explore node sessions and laid groundwork for more detailed reporting of node activity in future updates.

Explorer v1.15.0 was then deployed which used the new Index functionality to allow exploration of network nodes, along with a map of their (approximate) locations 🗺️

Wallet v1.14.2 was deployed which included a fix for rounding errors, so XE amounts should always display correctly.

Earnings v0.5.4 was deployed which added aggregators for work data, allowing them to be collected by index to provide availability data — and more in future updates. The availability figure on the explorer is an experimental statistic, which shows a node’s general availability to the network over the last 24 hours. We’re still working to refine this along with expanding the availability metric to include greater spans of time.

Today, Index v1.18.1 was deployed fixing a bug with transaction counts for blocks, along with Wallet v1.14.4 which added links to the Stakes table from a stake’s node to the Node page in Explorer and tidied up the table formatting.

Finally, Explorer v1.16.2 was deployed, updating the network map, adding links from the stakes to their respective node page, allowing users to use the search bar to look up nodes by address, as well as a large array of bug fixes and design tweaks.

On testnet, Stargate, Gateway and Host have all seen a number of deployments. We’ve been working on the caching layer this week, while putting the newest version of CDN (which is embedded in Hosts) through its paces. We expect updates to mainnet Stargate, Gateway, and Host to hit next week. The Testnet Faucet has also been added back to the overview page of the wallet, in lieu of the map.

We’ve also been looking at slowing down the update process so that Hosts don’t all try to update at once. This can place quite a sudden and heavy burden on the container registry which slows down the overall update process for all Hosts. Expect this change to hit Stargate next week, though you probably won’t notice it, all updates happen quietly in the background. And that’s all from the team for this week.

Finally, if you missed last weeks update, you can read it on site now: https://ed.ge/update/2022/03/07

Enjoy your weekends 🍺

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Fri, 18 Mar 2022 18:30:00 +0000 6238a18e10ab6f0019f60693 Joseph Denne 2022-03-18T18:30:00+00:00
Weekly Update: W/C 07th March, 2022 https://edge.network/updates/announcements/weekly-update-wc-07th-march-2022 https://cdn.edge.network/uploads/media/2022/03/18/weeklyUpdate070322.png Good evening everyone 👋

To those of you that have joined the community in the last week, welcome!

Around 3,500 XE has been paid out to Host nodes over the last week, with the automated earnings oracle processing payouts daily. The team has been monitoring this - as I’m sure you have too! - and it’s running perfectly.

There have been a few questions about expanding the Stargate & Gateway layers: we’re working towards this. We’ll be adding several new points of presence to the network’s Gateway layer soon, and later on, more Stargates too.

This week…

Earnings v0.5.2 was deployed to mainnet. This version added hourly/daily snapshot aggregators and APIs, along with fixes and improvements around the payments API.

Stargate v2.4.0-150 was deployed to mainnet. This release introduced geolocation to sessions, along with some improvements to the sessions API endpoints. It also included a number of improvements to network authentication and service integration management.

Currently, geolocation is only partially activated while we run tests, but we’ll be looking at enabling this for all network nodes next week inline with some super exciting updates to Explorer 👀

Gateway v2.3.0-91 was deployed to mainnet. This release focused mostly on the service layer: CDN, Storage, etc, and the way that requests are routed to Hosts, along with service integrations.

This version also includes a number of fixes, and supports the geolocation work mentioned above. As we run tests on the service layer, you may notice your Hosts being more active!

Host v2.2.0-51 was deployed to mainnet. This release focused on CDN image manipulation functionality, as CDN is no longer a separate service but internal to the Host application. This reduces the complexity of how Hosts operate, while also reducing the latency of requests.

All of the above network updates also included regular security patches.

Finally, Index v1.18.4 was deployed to mainnet. This deployment introduced session synchronisation and device availability calculations. We’ll be testing this over the next few days and should enable these endpoints soon.

We’re almost ready to open up the iOS mobile wallet for open beta. We’re just working through the last of the optimisations, ensuring that the app only uses the least amount of data possible while still remaining responsive and fast. We expect this to be complete by early next week and will announce instructions on how to join the open beta as soon as it’s ready.

We kicked off a partnership with a forward thinking DAO. We’ll be lifting the lid on this in the coming weeks.

Another batch of stake migrations was completed this week. (If you haven’t already requested your legacy stake migration, please do so by filling out the form here: https://ed.ge/stake-migration-request)

If you missed last weeks update, scroll up ☝️ …or you can read it on site now: https://ed.ge/update/2022/02/28

And finally, work on the next version of the main Edge site progressed significantly this week. We think it’s looking really strong. Stripped back, fresh and really clean. I can’t wait to get it live. I think you’re going to love it.

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

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Fri, 11 Mar 2022 18:30:00 +0000 623504ec10ab6f0019f60690 Joseph Denne 2022-03-11T18:30:00+00:00