In order to make the Filecoin mainnet as secure and resilient as possible, Storage Providers (SPs) have the ability to launch one of four types of implementations, each dedicated to serving different needs: Lotus, Venus, Forest, and Fuhon. Although the Filecoin network currently has over 16EiB of storage power from roughly 4,000 Storage Providers (SPs), most of these SPs are running the Lotus implementation.
Today, Filecoin Foundation and Venus team (IPFS Force) are very excited to announce the VenusHub Platform, a program dedicated to encouraging and assisting SPs to deploy the Venus implementation.
Venus was designed based on the principles of distributed systems and the goal was to make the transition to the Filecoin network as seamless and efficient as possible for SPs. Venus optimizes the production process of clusters of any size, particularly beneficial for small to medium-sized SPs as it requires a lower barrier to entry.
In the past 14 months, Venus has proven to be a secure and efficient solution for sealing and cluster management, along with many other features, however, SPs are often not aware that Venus is a possible implementation option. The mission of the venushub.io platform is to not only share more information about the Venus implementation but also ultimately make the Filecoin community more diverse and resilient.
Elements of VenusHub
VenusHub is a long-term project, which includes multiple programs and launches gradually. It is run by the Venus team and the community, so as to provide different support for groups with needs, including almost everyone. It makes it easier for the community to use Venus to provide Filecoin service, so as to encourage more SPs to adopt Venus:
- Venus Meetups:
monthly online meetups for discussion of new Venus features, AMAs, and technical interviews with experts.
- Venus Master Program:
An initiative that rewards technical ‘experts’ in FIL for providing support to nascent storage providers utilizing the Venus implementation.
- Venus Supported Hackathons:
Sponsorship and collaboration on hackathons to spread awareness of the Venus implementation.
- Venus SP Incubator:
In the 12-month plan, participants can get free Venus chain service for a period of time to reduce hardware costs. At the same time, they can get the technical support of the Venus core team and master, and have the opportunity to get additional rewards provided by Filecoin Foundation. Designed to raise awareness and help storage providers run Filecoin with Venus.
- Venus Deal Accelerator:
The project will apply to Filecoin Plus for the disclosure of big data set DataCaps, distribute storage orders to project participants, and advocate and encourage storage providers to use Venus to implement the real storage deals.
To learn more about these programs, please visit venushub.io.