Interchain decentralized data hosting project Bluzelle (BLZ) announced the launch of its mainnet which aims to combine the advantages of edge computing with distributed ledger technology (DLT).
According to an announcement shared with Cointelegraph on April 9, Bluezelle will host a network stress test dubbed “Swarm of Duty” which will be incentivized with $30,000 worth of tokens for developers, token holders and validators.
The company says that this test is “the last step before Bluzelle’s mainnet launches” and is meant to ensure that the network can manage real-world usage.
Bluzelle’s team claims that its technology enables decentralized applications (DApps) on any blockchain to store and access its data in a secure and distributed manner. According to the announcement, this prevents the DApp’s reliance on centralized data storage infrastructure which could serve as a central point of failure:
“Transitioning to decentralized storage enables DApps to provision censorship-resistant content while making them more resilient to attack.”
Combining DLT and edge computing
The network divides its nodes into groups that it calls swarms which can be based on geographical position, function or even application. This reportedly allows the network to enjoy some of the bandwidth and latency advantages typical of edge computing systems.
Edge computing is a variation of cloud computing that has servers scattered across the globe in order to connect users to servers near them instead of one centralized server. Bluzelle’s CEO and co-founder Pavel Bains explained:
“A swarm is a collection of nodes all working together for consensus. [This means] that we don’t require system-wide consensus. So we can have a swarm that does validation for Asia. Let’s say there are 30 nodes in that swarm. Let’s say traffic builds up and we decide ‘let’s have a swarm just for Japan’. We can launch that easily. […] The advantage we get is ensuring fast speeds for…