IOTA PoWbox Relaunched

PoWbox, which is a great help for developers, has some major improvements, but works similarly to the old Sandbox
01 March 2018   414

On February 28, 2018, IOTA has announced that the new and improved IOTA PoWbox, which was previously IOTA Sandbox, was released and is ready for use. PoWbox is useful first of all for developers, as it allows Proof of Work to be done not on the developer’s local machine but on a separate remote server farm which does the computation in a fraction of the time.

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As it was stated in the official announcement of IOTA, PoWbox has some major improvements, but works similarly to the old Sandbox:

  • The PoWbox leverages Kubernetes autoscaling across IOTA dedicated GPU farm and a separate cloud provider, and takes less than a second in most cases — about one-tenth of a second at MWM=9
  • Users can get an API token for the IOTA PoWbox via GitHub OAuth integration, but they must have a verified GitHub account to use the PoWbox, and rate limiter will be observed and adjusted as necessary to keep the PoWbox available for everyone
  • The PoWbox code has been ported to Node.js to make it more accessible to more developers, and will soon be made available on GitHub, and the repo comes complete with instructions for running via Docker or Kubernetes with a few simple commands

The source code for the PoWbox server is available, and IOTA provides a PoWbox for the IOTA testnet.

Volkswagen to Use IOTA Technology For Software Updates

This project is designed to solve the key problem of secure transmission of software updates "on the air" (OTA) to the network of autonomous vehicles
12 June 2018   144

This week, the German automaker Volkswagen announced cooperation with the IOTA, which develops solutions in the field of the Internet of things. At the CEBIT 2018, the companies are planning to show a new experimental sample of their joint project based on the IOTA DAG network.

IOTA Twitter
IOTA Twitter

This project is designed to solve the key problem of secure transmission of transparent, undamaged software updates "on the air" (OTA) to the network of autonomous vehicles. At the moment the data is distributed centrally, so there is no guarantee that the information delivered to each car is genuine and unchanged. This problem can be solved using a distributed ledger or other similar technology.

In addition, because the scope of autonomous vehicles continues to grow, the system must not only decentralize to monitor each update, but also be able to scale to the right size to cope with the increasing load on the network. Another major factor is security. This factor will become more important when cars become more dependent on software for performing basic tasks and functions related to security.

Johann Jungwirth, Volkswagen's senior director of digital engineering and member of the IOTA Foundation's Supervisory Board, believes that the technology of a decentralized distributed registry will form the basis of a safe ecosystem that does not require participants to trust each other - just the one Volkswagen needs to further develop its the project of autonomous cars. He calls IOTA "an excellent example of how distributed ledger technology can be used in the future."