While the first iteration(s) of Safe Network will be fundamentally about storage, I’ve heard that in future the API will extend to providing, effectively, an instruction set that could be used for general purpose computing over the network itself, with all the power available through all of the available nodes. While I’m not clear on the details of this, I’ve also heard commentary and speculation to the effect that we will have cost-effective access to an unprecedented level of compute power, ie, a supercomputer of extraordinary power that could conceivably be used by anyone for any purpose. I find this a particularly exciting prospect if it’s true.
Reference to the Bitcoin network, which some commentators claim has now reached 256 times the power of the top 500 supercomputers in the world combined, is tantalising. (Yes, this needs to be heavily qualified, especially because the Bitcoin network only does one thing, ie, is special purpose, rather than general purpose).
I’m asking, do people think this is correct, will I be able to structure a really difficult computing problem, throw it at the network, and get back a solution for a fraction of what that would cost me today on a commercial time-share?