BHEX E姐有约|Akash — 全球首个构建云计算未来的开源云

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AKT已经在6月2号正式登陆BHEX。为了让大家更好地了解这个项目,今天我们邀请到了Akash 的CFO Cheng来跟大家深度地讨论Akash这个项目。

雲計算

项目简介:

Akash Network, the world’s first decentralized and open-source cloud, accelerates deployment,scale, efficiency and price performance for high-growth industries like blockchain and machinelearning/AI. Known as the "Airbnb for Cloud Compute”, Akash Network provides a fast, efficient

and lower-cost application deployment solution. Developers leveraging Akash Network can access cloud computing at up to three times less than the cost of centralized cloud providers like Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure.Utilizing containerization and open-source technology, Akash Network leverages 85% of underutilized cloud capacity in 8.4 million global data centers, enabling anyone to buy and sell cloud computing.

Akash Network是世界上第一个去中心化的开源云端,它加速了区块链和机器学习等高增长行业的部署、规模、效率和性价比。Akash Network提供了一个快速、高效和低成本的应用程序部署解决方案。运用Akash Network的开发者访问云计算的成本比中心化云端服务商低3倍(例如Amazon Web Services、Google cloud和Microsoft Azure)。利用集中式的开源技术,Akash Network可以运用在840万个全球数据中心中85%未充分利用的云容量,让任何人都能买卖云计算。


开场:

AKT, has been officially launched on BHEX on 2nd June, In order to let everyone get a better idea about the project, today we have Akash CEO Greg here to discuss Akash project in depth with us.

AKT已经在6月2号正式登陆BHEX。为了让大家更好地了解这个项目,今天我们邀请到了Akash 的CFO Cheng来跟大家深度地讨论Akash这个项目。


Q&A:

Elsa: First of all, would you please introduce Akash project and your team to us?

首先,您能介绍一下Akash这个项目和团队吗?

Cheng: The cloud infrastructure market is projected to be $370 billion by 2023. Cloud infrastructure -- the backbone of the Internet -- is increasingly becoming centralized, with 70% of the market controlled by an oligopoly of four companies (AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, and Alibaba).

Akash's mission is to break this oligopoly using a decentralized network of computing clusters (data centers), and offering resources in a peer-to-peer marketplace to build resilient and unstoppable applications at 2x-3x less than what you would pay in the market today.

I founded Akash with Adam Bozanich, Akash's CTO. We're both open-source developers and have contributed open-source libraries adopted by organizations including Ubuntu, HashiCorp, and Kubernetes

Boz Menzalji, our Chief Operations Officer has seen two acquisitions and previously was General Manager at Refereum, a blockchain-based gaming rewards and marketing platform. Prior to Refereum, Boz led business development for multiple SaaS startups (gaming, agriculture tech, martech and fintech), including Paydici, a billing and payments platform.

Maly Ly, our Chief Growth Officer, has accelerated growth, brand awareness and customer acquisition for companies including Eventbrite, AdRoll, Relativity Space, Lucasfilm / Disney, and Nintendo. She has scaled three early stage startups to profitability and unicorn status ( $1+ billion market cap).

Finally it is me: Cheng Wang, Akash CFO, has spent nearly a decade of career in traditional finance with extended tenures with Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, and Goldman Sachs before joining WRKSHP, a gaming startup, and Refereum, a premier blockchain startup.

With limited options for developers/organizations, we envisioned a world where cloud computing is permissionless, sovereign, and open, where developers and organizations can have greater freedom, flexibility, and sovereignty to create and grow, becoming truly unstoppable.

預計到2023年,雲計算基礎設施市場將達到3700億美元。作為互聯網支柱的雲計算基礎設施正日益中心化,70%的市場份額被四家公司(AWS、谷歌Cloud、微軟Azure和阿里巴巴)寡頭壟斷。

Akash的使命是通過去中心化的計算集群(數據中心)網絡打破這種壟斷,並在一個點對點的市場上提供資源,以比你今天在市場上支付的價格低2 -3倍的價格構建“彈性和不可阻擋”的應用。

Greg和Akash的首席技術官Adam Bozanich一起創立了Akash。我們都是開源開發者,並為Ubuntu、HashiCorp和Kubernetes等組織提供了開源庫。

Boz Menzalji是我們的首席運營官,他參與過兩項收購,此前曾擔任Refereum的總經理,Refereum是一個基於區塊鏈的遊戲獎勵和營銷平台。在Referum之前,Boz領導了多家SaaS初創公司(遊戲、農業科技、市場營銷科技和金融科技)的業務開發,包括計費和支付平台Paydici。

Maly Ly是我們的首席增長官,她曾負責Eventbrite、AdRoll、Relativity Space、Lucasfilm / Disney和任天堂等公司的增長、品牌知名度和客戶獲取。她已經將三家處於早期階段的初創公司提升到了盈利能力和獨角獸地位(市值超過10億美元)。

最後是我: 首席財務官Cheng Wang,在加入遊戲初創公司WRKSHP和區塊鏈初創公司Referum之前,在傳統金融領域已經度過了近10年的職業生涯,先後在美林、摩根士丹利和高盛任職。

由於開發人員/組織的選擇有限,我們設想了一個無許可、自主的和開放的雲計算世界,在那裡開發者和組織可以有更大的自由、靈活性和自主權來創建和發展,成為真正不可阻擋的雲。


Elsa: Could you please share about how the Akash works?

能分享一下Akash 是怎么运作的吗?

Cheng: Akash taps into underutilized cloud capacity across 8.4 million data centers around the world. An estimated 85% of global cloud capacity remains unused today. At Akash, users set the price they’re willing to pay and the network optimizes for the lowest cost possible for the application to function. Along with a novel subsidy model, this pricing mechanism is projected to reduce cloud computing costs 2x-3x.

Akash利用了全球840萬個數據中心未充分利用的雲計算能力。據估計,全球85%的雲計算容量目前仍未使用。在Akash,用戶設定他們願意支付的價格,而網絡則為應用程序的運行優化最低成本。加上一種新的補貼模式,這種定價機制預計將把雲計算成本降低2x-3倍


Elsa: What is the role of AKT in the Akash Network?

在Akash 网络里,AKT 是什么角色。

Cheng: AKT is the platform’s native utility token, used as the primary means to govern, secure the blockchain, incentivize participants, and provide a default mechanism to store and exchange value. There are 4 main functions of AKT. 

**Governance-** AKT token holders can vote on network upgrades, and allocation of the Decentralized Cloud Foundation’s funds and resources.

**Incentivization -** AKT is used to incentivize providers to offer lower prices, and incentivizes stakers to participate in the network longer term by staking.

**Value Exchange -** AKT provides a default mechanism to store and exchange value, and acts as a reserve currency in Cosmos' multi-currency and multi-chain ecosystem.

**Take Income** - Once the network achieves more significant gross merchandise value (GMV), rewards will comprise inflationary rewards and include a share of the total network spend (Take Income) users pay. 

AKT是平台的原生實用代幣,被用作治理、保護區塊鏈、激勵參與者以及提供存儲和價值交換的默認機制。 AKT主要有以下4種功能:

1. **治理-** AKT token持有者可以投票決定網絡升級,以及去中心化雲基金會的資金和資源的分配。

2. **激勵-**AKT用於激勵供應商提供更低的價格,並通過質押激勵利益相關者長期參與網絡。

3. **價值交換**-AKT提供了一種默認的價值儲存和交換機制,在Cosmos的多貨幣、多鏈生態系統中充當儲備貨幣。

4. **獲得收入**-一旦網絡獲得更重要的商品總價值(GMV),獎勵將包含通貨膨脹獎勵,並包含用戶支付的總網絡支出的一部分


Elsa: Who has Akash partnered with?

Akash有哪些合作伙伴呢?

Cheng: **Helium** - We will be providing a decentralized, open-source, and low-cost cloud alternative for Helium’s new blockchain validators.

**Certik** - CertiK’s clients are able to decentralize their cloud infrastructure on Akash’s permissionless, censorship-resistant, and lower cost open-source cloud platform, while ensuring on-chain protection backed by CertiK’s trusted products and services.

**Solana** - Akash users will be able to run secure and scalable smart contracts on Solana’s hyper-performance platform and pay using Akash Token (AKT). Solana’s users will be able to run distributed applications (like machine learning or web apps) and settle using Solana Token (SOL) on Akash.

**Kava -** Through our integration of Kava's USDX, Akash will become the first decentralized cloud platform to have a stablecoin, allowing cloud providers to avoid the market volatility of cryptocurrency, and developers to pay for cloud computing using USDX. This integration strengthens AKT's liquidity and provides Akash users with a stable medium of exchange, while achieving greater adoption for Kava's stablecoin and an increased debt ceiling from AKT collateral.

**Chainlink -** We're integrating with Chainlink, the market-leading decentralized oracle network. By integrating with Chainlink, we're able to ensure that Akash’s users have access to the most secure and accurate price data available.

**Cosmos / Tendermint** - Akash is bringing serverless computing to Cosmos, and better enabling the builders of today and tomorrow. With Akash, anyone with a computer can become a cloud provider by offering their unused compute cycles in a safe and frictionless marketplace

**IBC** - ICF awarded Akash with a grant to build and maintain the IBC Relayer. Essential to launching the IBC protocol and the only way users will be able to use IBC, the Relayer is the user interface that enables all transfers and transactions on IBC.

**Helium** - 我們將為Helium的新區塊鏈驗證器提供一個去中心化的、開源的、低成本的雲替代方案。

**Certik** - CertiK的客戶能夠在Akash的無許可、抗審查和低成本的開源雲平台上建立去中心化雲基礎設施,同時確保由CertiK的可信產品和服務支持的鏈上保護。

**Solana** - Akash用戶將能夠在Solana的超性能平台上運行安全和可擴展的智能合約,並使用Akash代幣(AKT)進行支付。 Solana的用戶將能夠在Akash上運行分佈式應用(如機器學習或網絡應用)並使用Solana代幣(SOL)結算。

**Kava** - 通過對Kava穩定幣USDX的整合,Akash將成為第一個擁有穩定幣的去中心化雲平台,避免雲供應商受加密貨幣的市場波動,開發人員可以使用USDX來支付雲計算。這種整合加強了AKT的流動性,為Akash用戶提供了一個穩定的交易媒介,同時使得Kava穩定幣的擴大採用,以及增加了AKT抵押品的債務上限。

**Chainlink** - 我們正在與Chainlink整合,它是市場領先的且老牌的去中心化網絡。通過與Chainlink的整合,我們能夠確保Akash的用戶訪問最安全和準確的價格數據。

**Cosmos / Tendermint** - Akash為Cosmos帶來了無服務器計算,更好地為今天和明天的構建者提供支持。有了Akash,任何擁有一台計算機的人都可以通過在一個安全而無摩擦的市場中提供他們未使用的計算能力而成為雲提供商。

**IBC** - ICF授予Akash一筆資金,用於建立和維護IBC Relayer。中繼器是啟動IBC協議的關鍵,也是用戶能夠使用IBC的唯一途徑,它是實現IBC上所有傳輸和交易的用戶接口。


Elsa: What is Akash's role inside the cosmos ecosystem?

在cosmos 生态系统中,Akash 是什么角色?

Cheng: Tendermint attracted us because of its flexibility as a library with a modular and pragmatic design. We chose to build on Tendermint because of its iteration speed and community momentum. As a Go library, it was a natural fit in our stack.

One of the most exciting aspects of being a part of the Cosmos ecosystem is Inter-Blockchain Communication (IBC) Protocol. The implementation and adoption of IBC within the Cosmos ecosystem will allow more projects to directly interact with Akash Network and host their nodes and other applications on Akash DeCloud. With IBC, Akash will reduce the barrier to adoption by allowing other currencies to access our cloud compute marketplace and pay for cloud compute.

Tendermint吸引了我們,因為它作為一個具有模塊化和實用性設計的庫,具有靈活性。我們選擇建立在Tendermint上,因為它的迭代速度和社區發展勢頭。作為一個Go庫,它很自然地適合我們的堆棧。

作為Cosmos生態系統的一部分,最令人興奮的方面之一是區塊鏈間通信(IBC)協議。 IBC在Cosmos生態系統中的實施和採用將允許更多的項目與Akash網絡直接互動,並在Akash DeCloud上託管其節點和其他應用程序。通過IBC, Akash將允許其他貨幣進入我們的雲計算市場並為雲計算付費,從而減少採用AKT的障礙。


Elsa: What interesting projects have you seen built on Akash and what would you like to see built on top of Akash?

在Akash上,你见过什么有趣的项目?你会希望什么项目在Akash 上运行呢?

Cheng: One of the coolest projects I've seen to date is Akashlytics.com. Akashlytics was developed to give the Akash community better insight into usage statistics of the network as it matures. The project is entirely community driven and maintained.

It showcases a price comparison with major cloud service providers, the cost of a monthly instance, total AKT spent on the network, total all-time deployments on the network, and much more. You can check the site out on 「akashlytics」

迄今為止,我見過的最酷的項目之一是Akashlytics.com。 Akashlytics的開發是為了讓Akash社區更好地了解網絡的使用統計,因為它已經成熟了。該項目完全由社區驅動和維護。

它展示了與主要雲服務提供商的價格比較,每月實例的成本,在網絡上花費的總AKT,在網絡上的所有時間部署的總數,以及更多。你可以在這裡查看該網站:「akashlytics」


Elsa: Any exciting news recently you can share with us?

你有什么好消息想跟我们分享吗?

Cheng: We’re very excited to share that Osmosis, the first AMM for Cosmos ecosystem is launching with $AKT / $ATOM pair on June 17. This will be Akash's first decentralized exchange (DEX) offering and will substantially increase access to AKT token. This is great for a number of reasons. First, we are significantly increasing access to AKT by enabling ATOM holders the ability to swap their ATOM for AKT. Secondly, we increase the incentives to buy and hold AKT by incentivizing liquidity pools with OSMO for offering their AKT to the pool.

We also recently welcomed billionaire and the NFL's Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta to the Akash Network as an investor and validator. We’ll be exploring migration of his business empire’s cloud computing needs to Akash.

有很多,但最大的消息是:

我們非常興奮地分享Osmosis,Cosmos生態的第一個AMM將在6月19日推出AKT/ATOM對。這將是Akash的第一個去中心化交易所(DEX)產品,並將大大增加AKT代幣的使用。這非常好,有幾個原因。首先,我們通過使ATOM持有者能夠將其ATOM交換為AKT,顯著增加了對AKT的訪問。其次,我們通過OSMO激勵流動性池向其提供AKT,從而提高購買和持有AKT的動力。

我們最近還迎來億萬富翁休斯頓火箭隊老闆Tilman Fertitta加入Akash網絡,成為投資者和驗證者。我們將探索將他的商業帝國的雲計算需求遷移到Akash。


社区提问:

1、How does Akash's decentralized computing cluster (data center) network establish relationships with governments of various countries? Will it be subject to the supervision of governments of various countries?

Akash去中心化的計算集群(數據中心)網絡,如何与各国政府建立关系,是否会受到各国政府的监管?

答:To answer your question here, the AKASH network will not be subject to any government restrictions because our machines can be anywhere in the world. Because AKASH actually doesn't physically own any of the machines on the network, anyone in the world can function as providers. As long as you have internet access and access to the Akash marketplace, you will be able to deploy. 

Esepcially as our network grows, more and more providers will join!

在这里回答您的问题,AKASH 网络将不受任何政府限制,因为我们的机器可以在世界任何地方。 由于 AKASH 实际上并不拥有网络上的任何机器,因此世界上的任何人都可以充当提供者。 只要您可以访问互联网并访问 Akash 市场,您就可以进行部署。

特别是随着我们网络的发展,越来越多的供应商将加入!


2、After many stress tests, Akashcraft will be restarted. What aspects of Akashcraft after restart are worth looking forward to?

在经过多次压力测试后Akashcraft重新启动,那么重启后的Akashcraft有哪些方面值得期待?

答:I am very excited about Akashcraft because it demonstrates the flexibility of our cloud. Any application can be deployed -- especially games. I love playing games myself and I know how difficult it is for a video gaming company to make money because of how much they need to spend on cloud. Akash, I know, offer them incredible value and flexibility

我对Akashcraft感到非常兴奋,因为它展示了我们云的灵活性。 可以部署任何应用程序——尤其是游戏。 我喜欢自己玩游戏,我知道视频游戏公司要在云上花费多少资金,所以他们很难赚钱。 我知道,Akashcraft为他们提供了难以置信的价值和灵活性。


3、Can we currently purchase Akash's cloud storage service? If yes, who is his supplier? What to pay for? Can AKT be used

目前我们可以购买Akash的云存储服务么?如果可以他的供应商是谁?用什么进行支付?是否可以用AKT

答:In terms of our Supermini device, due to global supply shortages creating a whole host of issues, we are are to exclusively focus on the network and software. Our number 1 goal right now is the grow the network, usage rate, and bring both more suppliers and users to the network. For example, we're currently in the process of migration our validator nodes onto AKASH!

就我们的 Supermini 设备而言,由于全球供应短缺造成了一系列问题,我们将专注于网络和软件。 我们现在的首要目标是发展网络、提高使用率,并为网络带来更多的供应商和用户。 例如,我们目前正在将验证器节点迁移到 AKASH!


4、Akash和传统云的区别?

The difference between Akash and traditional cloud?

答:There are many differences between Akash and traditional cloud. 

a) Akash is a permissionless market place. Anyone may join and leave at any time without creating an account, a log in, or asking us. 

b) There are no commitments. Users of our cloud don't have to pay for long term reservatoins. They can come in and just use what they need.

c) cost! Akash is about 3x cheaper right now than Amazon's AWS :)

d) you can pay with crypto using AKT

Akash 与传统云之间存在着许多差异。

a) Akash 是一个无需许可的市场。任何人都可以随时加入和离开,无需创建帐户、登录或询问我们。

b) 没有硬性要求,我们的云用户无需为长期预订付费,他们可以接入云并仅使用他们需要的东西。

c) 成本!Akash现在比亚马逊的AWS便宜大约 3 倍 :)

d) 你可以使用AKT进行支付。


5、Does Akash have a user incentive plan to get more new users and investors to participate? If users still want to participate in the Akash ecosystem, besides buying coins in the secondary market, are there other preferential methods and ways?

Akash有没有用户激励计划让更多新用户投资者参与进来呢?如果用户还想参与到Akash的生态中来,除了二级市场买币,还有其他优惠一些的方式和途径吗?

答:Yes there are! We are heavily incentivizing developers and builders to build on Akash. If you are a serious developer and want to built something on the Akash Cloud, please reach out to us. We'll give you some AKT so you can get started. Furthermore, if you write a guide on how you deployed your unique application, we have foundation grants that can reward you for your efforts too :)

是的,有! 我们大力鼓励开发人员和建设者在 Akash 上进行构建。 如果您是一位认真的开发人员并想在 Akash Cloud 上构建一些东西,请与我们联系。 我们会给你一些 AKT,这样你就可以开始了。 此外,如果您编写有关如何部署独特应用程序的指南,我们还会提供基金会赠款,可以奖励您的努力:)

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