Fleek Network has recently published a new whitepaper outlining its ambitious plans for a decentralized edge platform. With the launch of the protocol’s open-source GitHub repository, the network is one step closer to releasing a testnet for its edge network next month.
⚡ New Edge Platform Whitepaper & Repo ⚡
Today we are very excited to release the new whitepaper and open source repo for Fleek Network’s decentralized edge platform.https://t.co/vzTNMjnJLd
— Fleek Network ⚡️ (@fleek_net) July 31, 2023
Advancing Web3 Performance with a Decentralized Edge
The new whitepaper represents a significant improvement over its predecessor, focusing on a decentralized content delivery network (CDN). Fleek’s novel protocol architecture enables the creation of a full-edge network, supporting an extensive range of decentralized edge services. This includes serverless functions, server-side rendering (SSR), container orchestration, and various database functions, with decentralized CDN remaining a key use case.
Embracing the Edge for Enhanced User Experience
In response to the evolving infrastructural developments, Fleek Network decided to build a decentralized edge platform. The contemporary web has shifted from the cloud to the edge to cater to the rapidly growing user base and the need for low latency services worldwide.
The primary goal of Fleek Network is to provide a shared performance layer for all web3 protocols, eliminating the need for each service or protocol to develop redundant performance layers. By adopting a modular and protocol-agnostic architecture, the edge platform can seamlessly enhance web3 protocols, services, and applications.
Optimizing Performance with Intelligent Architecture
Fleek’s design ensures that nodes within the network are influenced solely by their location and a reputation score based on their performance. The architecture supports stateless execution, a VM-less core, content addressing, and other performance enhancements that contribute to the network’s overall efficiency and low latency. These characteristics, as detailed in the whitepaper, empower the edge services built on top of Fleek’s platform.
Bridging the Gap Between Web2 and Web3
Harrison Hines, CEO, and Co-founder of Fleek Network, highlights the shift towards a modular and composable future in web3. The introduction of a highly-performant decentralized edge network into the web3 stack can narrow the performance gap between web2 and web3. This shared performance layer becomes a crucial building block for developers on the path to widespread web3 adoption.
Parsa Ghadimi, lead researcher at Fleek Network, explains that Fleek’s architecture replicates the edge concept from web2 into a blockchain architecture. By executing services close to users and intelligently scaling resources, the platform addresses web-service performance and cost requirements in a unique manner within web3.
Decentralized Microservices for Web3
In the contemporary web, microservices, accelerated by a performance layer, define the user experience. Fleek Network aims to offer these same features in a decentralized manner through its edge platform without compromising on speed, cost, or web3 principles.
Web3 protocols often rely on web2 performance layers to meet latency requirements. However, with the introduction of Fleek Network’s decentralized edge technology, the web3 stack gains a much-needed performance layer. This allows developers to further decentralize their infrastructure while maintaining the speed and low latency crucial to their users.
Testnet Release on the Horizon
Following the publication of the updated whitepaper and GitHub source, Fleek Network is eagerly moving towards the release of its testnet for the decentralized edge network. The anticipated testnet launch, scheduled for August, will provide a practical glimpse into the future of web3 performance, empowering developers and end-users alike.