FAQ

What we do?

For consumers:
Ankr uses local data centers to offer fast & cheap computation

For small data centers:
Ankr offers new revenue stream for under-utilized data centers

Why we create Ankr?

According to research from McKinsey and Stanford, there is nearly total of 70% “non-performing” server asset and 30% of servers (including standard server, hypervisors, and VMs) in centers around the world have shown no signs of the network, user, connection, memory or CPU activity in six months or more.

This is why, in 2018, we launched Ankr a distributed cloud computing platform that allows anyone with a computer to contribute their processing power to scientific researchers and enterprises. In return, participants can be rewarded for their contributions.

How Ankr utilize distributed cloud for idle data centers?

Orchestration and containerization make Ankr distributed cloud computing network easy to integrate with resources from diverse, independent data centers into one homogeneous cloud.

Kubernetes is a general-purpose vendor-agnostic orchestration service that makes it easy to deploy containerized applications in any data center.

Docker is the de-facto standard technology for containerization of applications into micro-services to be deployed on Kubernetes clusters.

How Ankr utilize distributed cloud for idle connected devices?

We take advantage of the peer-to-peer network of computational resource providers and consumers, so that

  • Providers and consumers run a daemon to interact with the network
  • Consumer uploads computational task (e.g., SGX enclave application) to the Ankr network
  • Providers compete to be assigned the computational task
  • Select providers to execute the task using its computational resources
  • Consumer verifies the results (e.g., SGX remote attestation) and pays
What are Ankr’s major competitive advantages?

More Efficiency: With the novel Proof of Useful Work(PoUW) can help existing work-based blockchains to be more environment-friendly and resource-efficient.

More Security: Ankr leverages not only the cryptographic primitives but also trusted hardware design to achieve high integrity and confidentiality

More Incentives: Computation contributors not only get rewarded for potentially mining the blocks, but also get compensated for every instruction executed.

What’s the future of Ankr?
Simulations (e.g., Pharma/bio/chemistry Industrial research)
  • Transfer a few simulation parameters
  • Simulation engine generates input data and computes results
  • Transfer simulation results' statistics back
Signal processing (offloading) (e.g., rendering for AR/VR)
  • Mobile (battery-powered, resource-constrained) device
  • Device uploads data to distributed cloud computing nodes
  • Data center or mesh network of nearby mobile devices compute solution
  • Device downloads results

Offline data analytics (BOINC-style)