As there are many terms to such a large project like Elastos and the Cyber Republic, we’ve decided to build a growing glossary of terms that can help the less technical understand better what the tech means and the impact it could have.  We’re starting with a much-anticipated technical advancement: the Elastos Hive Cluster.

Term: Elastos Hive Cluster

“Elastos Hive Cluster is a decentralized File Storage Service that based on IPFS cluster. Hive Cluster use IPFS and IPFS-cluster as the base infrastructure to save Elastos data. Hive Cluster is also a stand-alone application as same as IPFS Cluster.

The typical IPFS peer is a resource hunger program. If you install IPFS daemon to your mobile device, it will take up resources and slow down your device. We are creating Hive project, which uses IPFS cluster as the Elastos App storage backend, and can be used in a low resources consumption scenario.

The project distils from the IPFS Cluster, but it will have many differences with the IPFS Cluster.

Elastos Hive Cluster maintains a big IPFS pinset for sharing. It can serve numerous virtual IPFS peers with only one IPFS peer instance running.

Hive Cluster is not only a pinset manager but also a backend for multiple IPFS clients.”


Layman’s definition:

Elastos Hive is Elastos’ version of IPFS, or “Interplanetary File System”.  It’s a file system that stores files and tracks different versions over time; it defines how files move over a network.  Whereas HTTP, Hyper Text Transfer Protocol, does this for the web with a location-based centralized system, IPFS is a content-address system using an encrypted hash on a file to create the addresses.  This allows for the system to take advantage of physical proximity by allowing a closest peer to provide needed content rather than all information going through a central server.

Elastos Hive is based on IPFS, but built on Elastos.  Additionally, it answers the problem of IPFS’s resource hungry nature; Elastos Hive will significantly reduce resource consumption issues related to IPFS.

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