The concept behind the experiment is based on two cutting-edge technologies. EdgeNet brings you into the edge cloud, which is the key enabling technology, with customized extensions for contemporary de facto industry-standard technology Kubernetes. It has been successfully piloted in Fed4FIRE+ open call experiments and is now ready for larger-scale experiments engaging real internet users.
CacheCash, the CDN technology that we will test, has the potential to change the nature of CDNs by involving the end-users themselves directly in serving content through machines that are under their control. CacheCash provides a service in which interested users run caches, and they are incentivized to participate by receiving a crypto-currency (Cachecoin) in exchange for serving content to other users.
This is a transatlantic collaboration in which the team is uniquely poised to perform the work, with Timur Friedman, with Olivier Fourmaux, from Sorbonne Université providing the testbed, Justin Cappos from NYU Tandon School providing the experimental system that is to be tested, and Rick McGeer from US Ignite who led the creation of the EdgeNet technology. The three PIs have had a highly successful informal working relationship over the past few years, which NGIatlantic.eu formalizes as an official EU-US collaboration.