Flux is the closest thing to Threefold out there. They are doing VERY well right now, they are the best performing asset in the top 100 coins right now and are gaining momentum. We are going to be playing 2nd fiddle to them for the foreseeable future. HOWEVER, this is actually as much of an opportunity as it is a challenge.
Flux has rather high bandwidth requirements, even on the upstream side. Numbers that are almost not found in the US residential market.
Flux node owners are allowed to use DIY or a VPS. Most are having to use a VPS due to these bandwidth requirements. Of course, by using a VPS, all of a sudden you are just an AWS capacity reseller. They are aware of this shortcoming. If only there was a decentralized VPS service…
That’s where we come in. This coming week I will be working on deploying a Flux node on Threefold. This won’t be that hard for me since I know how to navigate the capacity to find a suitable node.
As things are right now, we are not set up for people coming in and launching Flux nodes unless they are launching on their own TF node, as they will know the uptime and bandwidth of that device. What we need to do is create a “capacity filter” function on the play grid to find suitable nodes, with a selection for “Cumulus”, “Nimbus”, and “Stratus.”
This is going to require quite a bit of feature build out. We need tools implemented to measure the bandwidth and EPS of CPUs. The rest of the node statistics functionality is already built in, so sorting by the prerequisite threads/ssd/ram will be trivial. No need for an uptime tool as you simply don’t earn when you are offline, so not vital.
It is my understanding that these nodes require ports opened, so I think this will disqualify most of the at home nodes (I will verify as I experiment). The Flux node eligible capacity filter would then have to filter only for those nodes in DC’s or similar environments.
So, with the dev of two news tools and some editing to the capacity filter we have an amazing use case with tons of demand. I wouldn’t be surprised if Flux would be interested in talking to us about this as well.
Let do this!