By Allan Ewart
SONM was founded by Sergei Ponomarev and Aleksei Antonov in November 2016, and now has more than 70 team members based in offices around the world including London, Moscow, New York, South Korea and Singapore.
As with all things blockchain, I usually like to look for a good dose of decentralisation, and if it’s absent then I’m a little disappointed. With SONM, I’m pleased to say there is decentralisation by way of a distributed network of computing power known as FOG computing.
FOG differs from Cloud computing services by removing the central single point of failure. In essence you can think of it as a distributed decentralised peer-to-peer Supercomputer that harnesses a global network of computing power.
Cloud computing has traditionally utilised a central server or network of servers within a centralised data centre. With Fog computing there is no longer any need or requirement for a centralised data centre. Thus, the SONM Fog computing platform provides:
- More cost effective computing power and therefore cheaper computer services
- Potentially Unlimited Scalabaility — technically there is no limit to the number of computer users renting out their resources
On the supplier side anyone with a computer and a connection to the Internet can become part of the SONM Fog Supercomputer network. They just need to download the software, connect to the network and get paid for contributing a set proportion of your computer resources.
Iaas — Infrastructure as a Service
SONM’s infrastructure is a flexible working mode that facilitates automated scalable processing power, servers, networks and the deployment of storage. This offers users complete control of applications as well as the ability to use the SONM infrastructure rather than a full set of 3rd party applications.
SONM Explainer Video
Real World Use Case Examples
One of the most obvious use cases would be CGI rendering for animation or film production studios on account of their highly intensive resource requirements. Examples of Companies that might benefit from this service include:
- Wonder Vision™ | 3D Visualisation | CGI | Architectural CGI — London
- Motion | Blue Sky CGI — US
- Creative CGI Agency — 3D Rendering and 3D Visuals — Australia
Content Delivery Network (CDN) & Video Streaming
Other use cases include
- Machine Learning
- Big Data Analysis
- Blockchain Application infrastructure.
Integral to the SONM platform is the Ethereum based ERC-20 SNM Token which is used to pay for services on the SONM Blockchain.
SNM has a maximum supply of 444 million and a current market capitalisation of $17 million (at the time of writing).
Where to Buy SNM?
The SNM token requires an ERC-20 based Ethereum wallet and can be purchased on the following exchanges:
Liqui — SNM/BTC
Liqui — SNM/ETH
And others, a full list of exchanges is given here.
Blog: Blog • Sonm
Technical documentation: About SONM | SONM
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SONM Token Telegram group: SONM Token Holders
Telegram news channel: SONM news
Telegram Tech Support group: SONM tech support
Bitcointalk: [ANN] SONM Decentralized Fog Computing Platform
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Please note that I don’t give investment advice and this article is for information and educational purposes only. Readers are encouraged to do their own research and carry out their own due diligence.
Please also note that I choose to write this piece having been selected as a SONM Champion as part of their Brand Advocacy Program.