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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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Many teams are already working on Retrieval Markets.

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Q2
2022

Retrieval nodes running in multiple retrieval networks

Q3
2022

Performant retrievals from multiple retrieval networks

Q4
2022

Cryptoeconomic model of retrieval

Q2
2023

Integration with FVM

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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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