– A decentralised Privacy Preserving Supercomputer
Perlin is a decentralized network which aggregates, schedules, and frames a liquid market around under-utilised computing resources to make massively parallel privacy-preserving super computing economically viable and accessible to enterprises, startups, students, and academics working on groundbreaking research and industrial applications.
The modern era scientific breakthroughs and their industry applications led us to achieve a greater quality of life. Advanced scientific research in numerous academic fields and industry sectors ( genetic sequencing, machine learning, protein folding…) is based on high performance computing performed by supercomputers that are owned by centralized powers owning millions of servers and computers around the world.
The market dynamics behind computation resources reached the stage where only a few giants have financial capability to utilise these resource making a research private and centralized. This problem has already affected researchers, students and engineers in numerous fields.
Perlin aims to tackle traditional centralized computing oligopolies and replaces them with an openly accessible peer-to-peer network consisting of smartly aggregated under-utilized computing resources (compute power of mobile phones, computers, gaming consoles,..) that can be utilized to perform massively parallelized compute work.
Perlin enables and democratizes access to large amounts of underutilized compute power for startups, enterprises, researchers, developers, students and advocates working with large amounts of potentially sensitive data for the sake of hastening the advancement of technology.
Following the idea of decentralization and evolution of modern age digital infrastructure and information, Perlin strong fundamental idea and goal is very impressive and we believe that Perlin is a strong candidate to be a next Supercomputer 3.0.
Perlin — a Supercomputer 3.0? What does it really mean?
When talking about Supercomputer 3.0 we need to point to similar reference to Web1.0 ->Web 3.0 transition we discussed in our Haja Networks article.
The first robust computers started to appear in second half of 20th century and we can call this long period a Supercomputer 1.0 era. When big corporations took over the research and development and centralized processing farms with cloud computing appeared, the current era of powerfull Supercomputer 2.0 started.
The idea of Supercomputer 3.0 is about multiple processing and profit centres sharing computing power across an openly accessible p2p network where middleman are no longer needed.
Perlin is a distributed ledger, hardening and generalizing the Avalanche consensus protocol: a partially-synchronous Byzantine fault-tolerant protocol built on a metastable mechanism over a directed-acyclic-graph (DAG) to achieve extremely high throughput and scalability.
Perlin consists of three core parties:
- the validators — nodes of an asynchronous byzantine fault-tolerant distributed ledger that stores immutable records of events that occur within Perlin’s network. They are are responsible for verifying, timestamping, ingesting,and forwarding events over to other actors within Perlin’s system.
- the miners — nodes that provide underutilized computing resources in the form of virtualized container instances. They are selling their computing power to clients and solve cryptographic puzzles to prove to the network that they truly have provided the computing resources they claim they are providing.
- the clients — nodes that develop, utilize, and deploy decentralized applications and computing tasks within Perlin’s network. Clients purchase available computing resources off miners, defining specifc resource requirements they require for tasks that they wish to run on Perlin’s network. Clients are the arbiters for how tasks are defined and executed off provisioned computing resources and are responsible for generating and assessing cryptographic puzzles which miners are to complete.
PERLs are the native token of Perlin, facilitating the transfer of value and payments. Users will only be able to purchase access to the distributed computational capacity on the Perlin Network using PERLs. These tokens will be paid to validators and those providing computational capacity (in additional to a block reward). PERLs have been minted as ERC20 tokens but will be exchanged for native PERLs as part of the launch of the Perlin Network mainnet.
While unofficial version 0.1 is circling thru crypto channels, the rumour is that in next few weeks official and expanded Whitepaper will be out. For same reason we try to restrain from speculation based on other articles unofficial technical details and will wait until official version is out.
Dorjee Sun, CEO — experienced blockchain crypto project operator, sales & strategy
- Dorjee is Perlin co-founder & CEO & ex-COO of Santiment.net the cryptocurrency big data leader which launched in July 2017 helping grow the market cap from $11M to $460M+ & leading Project Transparency, which now has 38 projects & USD $2B+ in cryptocurrency projects committed to this voluntary self regulated set of disclosures. Dorjee is also an advisor and investor into blockchain startups and cryptocurrency funds including, Republic Protocol, Devery, Powerledger, Loki Network, Airbloc, Quadrant, Swiss Diamond Coin, Blue Frontiers, Open Health Network and Virgil Capital a bitcoin arbitrage hedgefund. Previously, as a social entrepreneur Dorjee has secured $400M+ in finance, co-founded 20 companies with 2 acquisitions, 4 exits and asset sales. Dorjee teaches entrepreneurship to PhDs and Engineering students at UNSW and Macquarie University, was TIME Magazine Hero of the Environment, Asia Society Leader & is a World Economic Forum, WEF Young Global Leader.
Kenta Iwasaki, CTO — experienced developer, distributed systems & crypto networks
- Kenta is co-founder of Perlin & CTO, a software engineer, game programmer & robotics engineer with a heavy research background on distributed systems, cryptoeconomics, artificial intelligence, statistics & machine learning. He has worked extensively on implementing and authoring several research papers for tackling problems in industrial and scientific domains under NAVER and other companies. Kenta has also won several internationally recognized hackathons for his projects which took place under Stanford University, HKUST, University of Pennsylvania, General Electric, IBM, University of Waterloo and ETH Denver, with his papers placing top in research competitions such as Google Science Fair, and HKUST Presidents Cup. He has an extensive record in developing complex backend and frontend systems for low-latency systems.
Mizra Uddin — Business Development
- Mizra is a Harvard-educated VC investor with a focus on the tech field. Aside from VC, he has also served as an Editor at LinkedIn and Investment Banker with Citi. In the cryptospace, he is an advisor to EdenChain and OneLedger.
Prof. Anup Malani — research, strategic & commercial partnerships global lead
- Professor Malani is Professor at the University of Chicago, scholar Resources for the Future in Washington, a research associate at National Bureau of Economic Research in Boston, a senior Fellow at the Schaeffer Center at University of Southern California, an editor at the Journal of Law and Economics, and on the board of the University of Chicago Press. Malani has a PhD in economics and a JD, both from University of Chicago and conducts research in law and economics and health economics. His law and economics research focuses on models of judicial behavior measuring the welfare impact of laws. His health economics research focuses on the value of medical innovation and insurance, control of infectious diseases, and placebo effects. He is the principal investigator on the Indian Health Insurance Experiment and has been published in the Harvard Law Review and many others. He is also the co-founder of the International Innovation Corps working with Indian government officials.
Dr. Taylor Sittler – research, strategic & commercial partnerships america lead
- Adjunct Assistant Professor at UCSF & Visiting Scholar at Berkeley, working with computer scientists to identify targeted drug combinations to provide precision treatment of leukemia collaborating with the data committee for the Genomic Alliance (GA4GH). I am a physician entrepreneur with extensive experience developing clinical applications in genetics for disease prevention, infectious disease, and sequence analysis. I am broadly interested in the interface of computing and medicine. I am a Co-Founder at Color Genomics. Prior to Color, I was a resident in clinical pathology at UCSF, where I worked on three research projects in breast cancer, leukemia, and pathogen detection. I attended UMass Medical School and worked at MIT and then UCSD under a Howard Hughes Medical Training Fellowship. Prior to that, I completed a biochemistry BSc at McGill University (Montreal). Board certified Pathologist (American Board of Pathology).
Vincent Zhou – advisor, founding partner FBG capital, leading global crypto fund
- Vincent is founding partner of FBG Capital which is one of the top ranked cryptocurrency and blockchain investment funds in the world. With extensive experience in digital assets trading and investment. Vincent is also an early investor of a broad spectrum of blockchain companies and projects. He is considered as one of the most well-connected and visionary crypto hedge fund managers in Asia. With early investments into and big token successes such as Ontology, Aelf, Zilliqa, Republic Protocol, Libra Credit, Coinlist, Lino, MakerDAO, NuCypher, Ripio, Stream Token and many others FBG is one of the biggest influencers in global crypto trading with a specific base in Beijing, China, a stronghold in Asia and deep investor and strategic networks internationally and across many leading projects.
Taiyang Zhang — advisor, CEO of Republic blockchain developer, hacker, investor
- Taiyang Zhang is an accomplished developer, & the CEO founder of Republic Protocol, the first decentralised cryptocurrency darkpool that raised $30M+ in its ICO in January 2018. With top investors such as Polychain Capital, FBG, Fenbushi, Alphabit, 1kx and being oversubscribed with >35,000 ETH invested this was a tremendous success with coverage in the Wall Street Journal, Business Insider and industry publications. Previously a full stack developer, hacker and early adopter of both Bitcoin ($50) and other platforms, Taiyang was also the co-developer of Peace Relay a ground breaking interoperable relay between Ethereum and Ethereum Classic with Kyber CEO Loi Luu. Taiyang is a highly sought after technical advisor to crypto projects and blockchain companies and also was co-founder of Virgil Capital a bitcoin arbitrage fund now managing over $30M in assets.