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There are billions of requests each week to IPFS and Filecoin for content addressed data. A thriving retrieval market allows anyone to contribute resources and earn from delivering this data.

By 2025 the global CDN market is expected to be twice as large as the cloud object storage market.

By 2025 the global CDN market is expected to be twice as large as the cloud object storage market.
By 2025 the global CDN market is expected to be twice as large as the cloud object storage market.

That is, delivering files to people quickly and reliably is a bigger market than storing those files in the first place. This makes sense since we all expect video, and image feeds to load instantly wherever we are in the world.

Not only is a decentralised CDN essential for the Web3 movement, it can also provide some efficiencies that are not within easy reach for traditional CDNs like Cloudflare and Akamai. p2p content sharing, especially in the “last mile”, and the ability of nodes emerging in sparely populated geographies are a few such efficiencies.

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The Filecoin Retrieval Market initiative is building a decentralised CDN for the Filecoin Network.

The approach to do this is in a modular way with many teams contributing. The Retrieval Market Working Group (RMWG) consists of teams tackling challenging problems in the space, ranging from ultra fast payments, to data transfer protocol enhancements and cryptoeconomic models for data retrieval.

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    Million retrievals served per day

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    TB of bandwidth served per day

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PL Starfleet

Saturn

A Filecoin Retrieval Network

Retrieval Network
In Progress

PL Starfleet

Station

A desktop app for the Filecoin Network

Retrieval Network
In Progress

Myel

JS Graphsync

An implementation of the Graphsync protocol in Javascript.

Data Transport
Completed

Myel

Rust Graphsync

An implementation of the Graphsync protocol in Rust.

Data Transport
Completed

Myel

PoP

A retrieval network for content addressed data formed of Myel Points of Presence.

Browser Retrievals
Retrieval Network
In Progress

PL Data Systems

Indexer Node

How to find which storage provider is storing your CID in Filecoin.

Indexing
In Progress

PL Data Systems

Thunder

Implementing support for payments in Bitswap

Payment Channels
In Progress

ChainSafe

Content Indexing

How to find which storage provider is storing your CID in Filecoin.

Indexing
On Hold

ChainSafe

WebRTC Research

A spike into how performant WebRTC can be as a browser protocol in a p2p network

Data Transport
Completed

Magmo

Go Nitro

Virtual Funding Protocol and State Channel Manager written in Golang.

Payment Channels
Completed

Magmo

Go Nitro Productization

Productization of the Virtual Funding Protocol and State Channel Manager.

Payment Channels
In Progress

WCGCYX

FCR

A Filecoin Retrieval Provider with a payment proxy network

Retrieval Network
Completed

New Web Group

Titan Ultra

A Retrieval Network for Filecoin, leveraging unused home network bandwidth

Retrieval Network
In Progress

Ken Labs

Pando

Ensuring Access to Notarized Metadata for nodes in the network

Reputation Systems
Completed

Ken Labs

Pando Integrations

Integrating Pando into other Filecoin network services.

Reputation Systems
In Progress
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Many teams are already working on Retrieval Markets.

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Q2
2022

Retrieval nodes running in multiple retrieval networks

Q4
2022

Performant retrievals from multiple retrieval networks

Q2
2022

Cryptoeconomic model of retrieval

Q4
2023

Integration with FVM

Swipe

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Retrieval Markets Workshop: Intro to Saturn

We met in April 2022 to introduce Saturn, a CDN for the Filecoin Network

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