Frequently Asked Questions
How is Computes different than blockchain computers like Golem and SONM?
While Computes uses decentralized and distributed ledger technology (DLT), it's not based on blockchain technology and it does not cost tokens to run computations. Our DLT is a DAG-based distributed ledger technology (Lattice) which gives us several advantages over blockchain architectures such as faster throughput, no wasted compute performing PoW mining, and smaller node footprints.
We're focused on creating private mesh computers within businesses and non-profit organizations by harnessing latent CPUs and GPUs in existing infrastructures.
How is Computes different than other DAG-based DLTs like HashGraph and IOTA?
Our DLT (Lattice) not only manages computational transactions but it also includes a built-in decentralized queuing service which is capable of receiving computational requests and distributing them to the most appropriate cores on the mesh computer. Computations can be both serial in nature (commonly used in machine learning) as well as massively parallel computations commonly found in bio research and modeling. Tasks can also create additional tasks and forward the output of one as input into another task.
Lattice also manages all of the input and output files associated with it's computations as well as all of the log files associated with each task.
Are there advantages of using a mesh computer over a blockchain computer?
Yes, the Computes mesh computer is perfect for organizations looking to harness idle computes from existing infrastructures and not deal with cryptocurrencies or tokens. Our mesh computers run within an organization's firewalls, clouds, and edge networks (with or without Internet).
In addition to performance improvements related to faster throughput and no wasted mining, the Computes mesh computer is designed to run anywhere (cloud, on-premise, and edge networks) and on any operating system (Windows, Mac, Linux) and any device (server, vm, workstation, and IoT devices).
Computes nodes automatically discover other Computes nodes in a software-defined private mesh network and form peer-to-peer (P2P) relationships to request and perform computations together as a single computer. Computes nodes can also securely message each other over broadcasts or via machine-to-machine (M2M) instant messages. The Computes nanocore is very small and Computes nodes do not need to store the entire ledger making this solution perfect for workstations and IoT devices.
When can I use Computes?
We have hundreds of developers signed up for our the Beta version of our decentralized mesh computer scheduled to be released on 3/31/2018.