Arweave Ecosystem Weekly Report #46: The ‘Broken Threshold’ Edition
It seems that there is a hot summer for Arweave. Bundlr smashed the expectations with over 200 validators in the first hours of its testnet release, warp contracts are praised for their strengths and everFinance is pushing its Arseeding nodes as a fast and cheap alternative for data storage on Arweave.
On top of those evolutions, the size of the weave broke 80 TB.
Would you like to know more?
I. Arweave Network
Last week we told you that the 80 TB threshold is certain to be met this month. Guess what, we’re only in the middle of July and we are already there. The size of the weave is over 80 TB and growing. So we thought, what about a guessing game? Let’s all try to guess when the size of the weave will reach 100 TB. With Permacast and ArDrive offering rewards for those who upload content on Arweave, we believe that this threshold will be conquered pretty soon. Let us know in the comments when do you believe it will happen.
II. Arweave Ecosystem
Permapages received a new update
Permapages, the way to rapidly bring to life your ArNS page, announced a new update: now they are supporting themes, making it even easier for ArNS holders to create their profile pages. What is ArNS? A friendly way to shorten Arweave transaction IDs to readable names. Basically, with the introduction of themes, Permapages created a friendly way to set up your friendly Arweave name.
UPDATE! Beta 7 – Permapages now supports Themes! Check it out! pic.twitter.com/fDOupQ7ioZ
— 🐘🔗pages.arweave.dev (@permapages) July 9, 2022
everFinance and 4everland started to push Arseeding as a new way to bundle transactions to Arweave
Last week everFinance introduced Arseeding. You can read more about it here. This week 4everland announced that the integrated Arseeding in their “bucket”- 4everland’s own storage service onto Arweave. Now we can all understand better what Arseeding is and what it does. Given the fact that 4everland’s bucket is a AWS3 compatible storage platform, we can expect that more Web2 clients will get the taste of permanent and decentralised storage.
#Arseeding, which is produced by @FinanceEver
Give a cheaper and more efficient way to store your files onto #Arweave.
Even if you don't have $AR, you can use any #everPay supported tokens to pay for storage!
I made this pic for you to help you to understand easily.🖌️ pic.twitter.com/V4me283jbg
— GerryWon 🐘 (@GerryWon) July 14, 2022
Bundlr launched its testnet
As expected, the launch of Bundlr testnet was received more than well. In less than 24 hours since its release, more than 200 individuals joined to become validators. We don’t know what’s the count right now but we suspect that it’s consistently greater than 200. Given the fact that Bundlr represents the first entry point to Arweave storage for almost everyone, it is important that their network will be as decentralised as posssible.
In less than 24 hours since the launch of our testnet, we have hit over 200 validators!
If you haven't already, join us! You can get started with our docs 👇https://t.co/XHbwHv008B
— Bundlr (@BundlrNetwork) July 14, 2022
Another week, another Decent Land product update
Decent Land’s product update number ten brought a clear release for its Ark protocol: it seems that next week the cross-chain social identity protocol will be finally released. Also, their Ark NFTs will be available for minting in the following period too. The pieces of the puzzle are slowly falling into their places and are starting to reveal the bigger picture: a truly cross-chain aggregator of different data feeds that can be ultimately saved onto the Permaweb.
Ark Protocol – a multichain identity bridge – is set for release next week, with the Ark NFTs following shortly after. Be on the lookout for opportunities to be rewarded as an early adopter or get on the NFT whitelist… https://t.co/Imoxch9B2b pic.twitter.com/dejrzKHODF
— decent.land 🏞️ (@decentdotland) July 15, 2022
Warp contracts in the words of Arweave’s community
We named our 42nd weekly report the “Warp” edition in order to mark the introduction of RedStone’s warp contracts. Now, almost a month has passed and we can witness first-hand the opinion of the community when it comes to working with this new type of contract. The overall vibe was summarised by @vilenarios, one of the core Arweave devs, and is pretty self-explanatory:
I came to a conclusion.
Warp Contracts is the new standard for @ArweaveTeam SmartWeave.
— 🐘🔗 vilenarios.arweave.dev (@vilenarios) July 14, 2022
What about the opinion of different Arweave native projects? Akord team seems to be perfectly in line with @vilenarios views. After just a couple of weeks, they are confident enough to state that “Warp Contracts is now the cornerstone technology in the Akord Vault Protocol stack.”
"Implementation of Warp was pivotal for us at Akord. All their tools and enhancements to the Arweave smart contract system allowed us to increase efficiency and quickly get to market. Warp Contracts is now the cornerstone technology in the Akord Vault Protocol stack." – Richard https://t.co/EODtnqkCzN
— Akord (@AkordTeam) July 12, 2022
One opinion is not enough? Pianity has the same thoughts when it comes to warp contracts. In fact, if one will ask all the devs that interacted with the latest RedStone release, all of them will probably state that this new generation of Arweave smart contracts is more stable, faster, and safer. A new battle between smart contract technologies is near and warp contracts on the behalf of Arweave will be definitely on the frontlines.
🤩 Did you check the new @warp_contracts? They're taking smart contracts on Arweave to the next level and became a fundamental piece of our tech stack here at Pianity!
🚀 Warp has consistently been making use of smart contracts a lot more stable, faster and safer!
👇How it works https://t.co/LpV9yC8CON
— Pianity 💎 (@pianitynft) July 13, 2022
AsteroidDAO is building WeaveDB
On the same page, AsteroidDAO, a decentralised CMS that’s built on top of Arweave, is working to further expand the capabilities by creating a NoSQL database on top of Warp contracts. Their creed is that storage and computation should be separated in order to achieve web-level scalability and with WeaveDB their are aiming to achieve not only this, but hopefully to also ease the transition between Web2 and Web3.
Decoupling storage and computation is the only way to achieve web-level scalability. Warp #Arweave-based smart contracts are at the forefront of web decentralization.#WeaveDB NoSQL Database on top of #Warp is also coming soon to bridge web2 to web3☄️#SmartWeave #WarpSpeed #AR https://t.co/5Rk1CzAQJ9
— ASTΞROIÐ☄ (@AsteroidDAO) July 14, 2022
Mapping the ecosystem
Arweave ecosystem is constantly evolving and expanding. Sometimes even we are feeling overwhelmed by the pace of the expansion. @nicolasverlhiac, the founder of OwnBase had a cool initiative to help bring a little more light into who’s who on Arweave. He’s creating an interactive list of projects and services that make up the Arweave sphere. Let’s help him make this list as complete as possible, so if you think that your project is not there yet, give him a friendly poke.
Hi 🐘 #arweave builders !
I'm building an interactive (and comprehensive ?🤞 ) list of all the projects, services and applications that make up the Arweave ecosystem.
Feel free to reply to this tweet with the project you would like to see listed 👀
Thank you ! pic.twitter.com/NTp3jZrr6A
— Nicolas Verlhiac 🐘 (@nicolasverlhiac) July 12, 2022
The first decentralised physical museum closed its funding round. Will they use Arweave for their digital files?
As decentralised curatorial initiatives are on the rise, the need for Arweave storage becomes more obvious as Pascal, the cofounder of Akord stressed in the following tweet. The trait of permanence coupled with the proof of not tampering with the archived files makes Arweave the single solution, at least for now, for every entity that has a stake in preserving information. Every physical museum has a digital database of some sort that keeps different types of metadata or even 3D models of their showcased artworks. Where should they keep those databases? The answer is clear for us, will it be clear for them too?
Arkive are building a decentralised physical museum. Probably in need of a decentralised permanent onchain storage solution built around public and private vaults for their digital data… Interesting. https://t.co/LcecbSr5Az
— Pascal (@axo_pas) July 14, 2022
III. Things you won’t encounter on Arweave
The last years somehow were a slap on the face for the touted “planetary village”. On a planet that literally never sleeps, it is daunting to see one of the largest banks still not providing 24/7 financial services.
Arweave, like any other blockchain, has no closing hours, no maintenance breaks, and no holidays or sick days. As an extra feature, Arweave is not only about financial interactions – everybody can store and retrieve files anytime. On top of that, with the new decentralised gateways that are being built, you’ll get even a smoother experience than now.
it's been over 50 years since we landed on the moon and one of the largest banks in the world still will not allow me to do an international money transfer unless it's during business hours 🤦♂️ pic.twitter.com/r2JBUYDEW3
— nader (🧱, 🚀) | nader.arweave.dev | nader.lens 🧢 (@dabit3) July 10, 2022
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