Guest Post: Epoch 10.2 Winner Onix

Interruption

It was during this period that the war and shelling began in the Ukraine. I had to move with the server to the bomb shelter. There were interruptions in electricity and the Internet, I don’t have a generator or UPS for power supply, so there were hard resets where I had to re-deploy the Docker container and restart the server. There were more than a dozen such failures and the awards for remote attestation did not always come, but it was an interesting experience for me. And then … the TEA Project’s Epoch 10 began, many innovations appeared, which I tested with great interest and I hope I can continue to test into the future.

Learning More About TEA Project

The study of the TEA Project’s whitepaper left me with almost no questions. In theory, everything is described in an innovative, relevant and understandable way. It’s very good that the TEA and NFT (CML) token, unlike various others in DeFi, will have application and value, since they are involved in the economy and their production will actually be tied to the performance of useful computing power. For example, PoW spends all computing power on solving just one mathematical problem, while in TEA all resources will be used for useful cloud computing. If the world is moving towards decentralization and Web3, then we can’t do without decentralized cloud computing😎

TEA Mining (Hosting) Nodes Take on Centralized Servers

Centralization has reached the point where the cloud services market is almost completely divided among several large providers. In case of global conflicts, this can turn out very badly for ordinary users. I noticed that during TEA’s Epoch 9, very few miners participated in the project. Perhaps when there will be real (not simulated) mining, there will be a financial incentive to attract more miners. But the higher the rewards, the more expensive it will be for end-users. If it turns out that the price of decentralized computing will be significantly higher than existing centralized services, then they are likely to stick with what they already use. I think that at the initial stage of project development, the problem with a small number of miners can be solved. The market is now moving towards an oligopoly, but there are many small providers in different geographical areas with a set of outdated equipment, and if you activate them, deploy the TEA project on their basis and connect them with a blockchain, you can get a modern decentralized cloud service for hosting TApps, which will be fast, secure, have transparent pricing (thanks to the blockchain). This will most likely be a lower price, due to the lower cost of equipment. And then, when everything works stably, ordinary miners will also come to offer their computing resources to the TEA Project.

A Lingering Question

Cloud computing uses virtualization, where virtual memory, processors are allocated on one physical device, or several containers are launched to be employed by different users. Will it be possible for several users to run different TApps at the same time on the same miner’s computer, or will it be to the detriment of decentralization? This question arose because, for example, one miner has very powerful equipment, and the other is running a modest Raspberry pi, both bought CML and are mining. It turns out that only two TApps can be launched at the same time, which means that one has an excess of computing power, the other has a disadvantage. Perhaps it’s necessary to somehow effectively combine their capacities.
Also, different TApps need different amounts of CPU, RAM and Internet speed, each miner offers these resources in different quantities and ratios. These resources per miner can also change over time. The question is where and how supply and demand will be coordinated. In theory, this should be a free market for resources (CPU, RAM, NET), perhaps like an auction. The TApps developer knows approximately how much resources his application will need, while he must see how many resources are available to him from the miners and at what price.

Similar Projects in the Web3 Decentralized Compute Space

When I was researching information about TEA, I decided to do my more research on this topic and came across two interesting projects. They solve similar problems, but in a slightly different way. First Ankr Network is a cloud computing resource management platform. An ecosystem of resource customers, resource providers, application developers, consumers, and more has been built. Ankr is building a complete cloud infrastructure and market for containerized cloud services. Data center owners can monetize free computing resources using the Ankr cloud platform.

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