Cudos - The Cloud and Blockchain Merger
Using the world's available computing to power a more decentralized, sustainable and connected world.
Being shrewd in today’s sharing economy means listing that extra guest room up on Airbnb or accepting rides as an Uber driver with your free hours after work. But a lot of people are unaware that untapped revenue potential can come from even smaller utilities.
That laptop for example—with 8Gs of RAM but which you’re just checking messages with for most of the day? Why not put that excess computing power to work elsewhere making money for you while you’re working? (Or even when you’re not.)
This is where CUDOS comes in. Think cloud technology like Google Drive, but instead of a closed-off warehouse facility in some undisclosed location that handles all of the users’ data, you ARE the Google Drive—you and millions of others who are essentially ‘renting out’ their devices’ surplus processing power to whoever might need it.
Now before you cringe over the thought of precious data being streamed through strangers’ devices, read on first. The whole platform runs on encrypted blockchain technology, the same used to run the whole Bitcoin enterprise which is—unless you have at your disposal half the whole power supply of Norway—virtually unhackable.
This scalable compute network is called CUDOS, the latest huge innovation in cloud computing technology that will not only make data processing more efficient for both supply and demand ends, but would also make it cheaper, more secure and flexible. Anyone who has a computer can become a supplier and earn passive income 24/7, while anyone in need of massive computing power for applications like video rendering, university research, AI machine learning, simulations or medical imaging would be able to avail of it at a lower price point than any current cloud service provider.
How it works
There are over 2 billion PCs in the world and over 2.7 billion smartphones, not to mention the gaming consoles which in the US alone number at 162 million. But the owners of these devices certainly don’t use them all of the time and even while in use, most day-to-day applications only require a small fraction of the devices’ actual computing power. This represents a mind-boggling resource of compute ability that remains untapped despite the already existing high-speed connections that makes the CUDOS network not only a feasibility on paper, but an already executable concept.
And supplying computing power to the network won’t even require any technical know-how. After installing the CUDOS application (available for Mac, Windows and Linux), it automatically assesses the hardware capabilities of your device and assigns to it the appropriate and most profitable jobs available based on local tests and crowdsourced data. In fact there is a “set and forget” feature that allows it to just run quietly in the background and immediately start earning revenue without requiring any complicated user input.
This process is made possible by blockchains. In the cryptocurrency world, this is what allows for super-secure transactions wherein computations are constantly being done along every block in the chain—each block counting and recounting to make sure every copy of the ledger says the same thing with who owns how much. It’s practically a foolproof and unhackable system because there is no central platform from which the blocks take orders from. Even if someone were able to successfully hack a block, it would be immediately overruled and corrected by all the other blocks in the chain telling it that its copy of the ledger is wrong. It would take a legion of hackers committing the full hardware and energy resources of a small country to even have a remote chance of hacking enough blocks to influence the chain.
What CUDOS does is to simply add more layers of code to this blockchain allowing it to run more than just cryptocurrency computations. With the addition of a Turing-complete language system, the blockchain algorithm can be tapped to perform just about any kind of workload. A third layer allows the workload to be broken down and distributed. So in practice, a heavy computing process that would normally take a huge toll on a single computer can instead be run on a chain with multiple devices sharing in the number-crunching for a faster and more efficient output.
Why is it more efficient?
Because CUDOS is a decentralised network, the computing input doesn’t have to travel long distances back and forth between the project source and a cloud data center which may be hundreds of miles away. Instead the computing power is sourced locally in proximity to where the project is located, greatly minimizing latency and reducing energy costs.
But unlike already existing technologies like EDGE, FOG or GRID computing which share the same principle of harnessing local computing power, CUDOS takes a step further by eliminating the need for a single entity in charge of the system, thereby increasing efficiency by not requiring anyone or any single facility to oversee operations or maintenance and instead simply rely on blockchain network protocols for it to exist and carry on its functions.
It’s a seamless merger of cloud technology with blockchain security.
Benefits for suppliers:
Guaranteed 24/7 revenue as compute jobs are constantly allocated to your device; if no compute jobs are available the software automatically switches to crypto-mining which is always in demand.
Automated software guarantees maximum ease of use and profitability without needing any technical input or knowledge from the user.
Suppliers can set their own asking price for computing power to allocate for electricity costs or mining costs.
Benefits for consumers:
Greater data security and privacy over mainstream cloud service providers which have dedicated and centralised servers and are more prone to hacking or attacks.
Greater efficiency allowing for less manpower for IT maintenance and reducing the chances of human error in the workflow.
Reduced costs for acquisition of hardware with high-processing capabilities.
Reduced costs amounting to as much 70% savings over current cloud service providers for CPU video rendering, 75% for university research, 85% for GPU video rendering, and up to 95% for simulations.
Smart management features allowing for consumers to purchase as much or as little computing power that they need and choose from suppliers based on their prices and trust ratings.
The CUDOS token
The CUDOS token is a main feature of the network and is in fact, a cryptocurrency used to facilitate transactions for workload allocations and can also be used as a metric for supplier trust ratings.
Simply put, tokens are rewarded for a supplier’s overall computing power contributed over the network. When a job is allocated to a supplier, a corresponding amount in tokens has to be ‘staked’ by the supplier first to complete the contract. Once the job is completed, the tokens are returned and the supplier is paid for the service. The whole process of course is fully automated.
If for any reason a job is not completed (such as due to power or connection interruptions) the staked tokens are ‘held’ until such time that the supplier is able to resume and complete the job. If ultimately, the job is not completed, then the tokens are lost.
Suppliers who connect more devices and provide more computing power are rewarded more tokens and can then accept bigger or more jobs running at the same time. A larger amount of tokens being held also signals to consumers that the supplier has staked a lot more resources into the network, thereby guaranteeing reliable and trustworthy computing power.
Tokens can also be used to get discounts from fees or share revenue for fees. A supplier with enough tokens (2,000,000 CUDOS) can qualify to run a CUDOS Validator Node (CVN) and be part of a “block” in the chain, earning more revenue through annual percentage yields. But even suppliers who haven’t reached this number can stake their CUDOS to support already existing CVNs and share in the profits.
This token exchange mechanism creates a free market environment where the value of individual CUDOS can fluctuate depending on supply and demand. As more tokens get locked within workloads due consumer influx, the value of tokens increase and suppliers can raise prices for their computing power. However, as more suppliers participate in the network and provide more computing power, this frees up more tokens to be available, lowering the token market value to the benefit of purchasing consumers.
Currently, the total supply of CUDOS has been capped at 10 billion and are allocated as follows:
Ecosystem and community development — 34%
Team — 20%
Advisors — 5%
Private sale — 2.22%
Public sale (listing) —1.67%
Strategic investors — 3.33%
Reserve — 33.78%
Why shift to scalable compute?
Whether looking to supply computing power for passive income or to purchase compute for a project, there are other bigger and more practical reasons for making the shift to scalable compute:
More and more people around the world are engaging in cryptocurrency at a rate faster than the blockchain infrastructure can keep up with, thus there is a need for a larger and more readily accessible network of computing power.
Development potential is huge as internet connections are becoming faster and more reliable worldwide. ‘Superfast’ and full-fibre broadband connections are becoming the norm while 4G mobile coverage is becoming accessible even in remote areas.
We are reaching the absolute physical limit of how small we can manufacture microchips, hitting the technological wall of how to compress more computing power in microprocessors. Meanwhile more and more emerging technologies like autonomous drones and self-driving cars require massive data needed for machine learning and decision-making capabilities, prompting these technologies to outsource computing power.
The environmental impact of the hundreds of hyperscale data centers around the world is enormous as they not only require huge amounts of energy for the data processing itself, but the maintenance of large warehouse structures is dependent on round-the-clock air conditioning while keeping a staff on-site also adds to the energy and transportation costs. Switching to scalable would greatly reduce the carbon footprint as utilizing domestic machines can use up to much as 25% less electricity than their data center counterparts.
Shifting to scalable will also create income potential for communities around the world and will greatly benefit areas where energy is cheaper and where small-shop hardware assembly and reconditioning are commonplace such as in developing countries.
Cudo Ventures appears to be on the brink of completely remodelling the cloud service industry and at the same time, taking a game-changing leap in moving to bring blockchain technology to the mainstream consumer for every conceivable application. And unlike conventional cryptocurrency ventures where the risks are too unpredictable or complicated for the average would-be investor, CUDOS can promise to deliver a stable and reliable source of profit which can only grow exponentially over the next years.