Althea Development Update #77: Hiding in plain sight
Since our last update I’ve encountered a couple of bugs where the problem had been hiding in plain sight. In one case for weeks and another for a year or more. Discovering root causes long term subtle bugs is both satisfying and important to create a better product.
Althea Development Update #76: Automatic connection tuning
Now we're exploring that we can do with multihomed users and connections
Althea Development Update #75: Chasing latency
We apply latency control judiciously throughout at every Althea node in the network, with the ultimate goal of fairly allocating bandwidth at any given bottleneck.
Althea Development Update #74: Automated Xdai bridge
what we’ve done in this release is design a fully automated a bridge, the user merely has to deposit ETH and the router takes care of the rest. The money will be exchanged for DAI, then transferred across the cross-blockchain bridge to become Xdai.
Althea Development Update #73: For want of a transaction
A minute later when the gateway tried to validate that same payment again it chose the same failed node at random. It wouldn't get a third chance.
Althea Development Update #72: Easy local Althea testnet
For this development cycle I've focused on building a more advanced and easier to run series of integration tests. As Althea matures the complexity of the average bug to track down, identify and
Althea Development Update #71: Transaction amnesia
As I slapped this solution together I got a bad feeling. What if the full node lied to us? I really couldn’t think of a situation in which it would but I just couldn’t shake it.
Althea Development Update #70: Dueling scripts
Put on your night time sunglasses because I have a tale from our cyberpunk future, or present as it may be. How a poorly coded smart contract disrupted an ISP in rural Oregon.
Althea Development Update #69: Decentralization without compromises
Althea has taken the same base software ISPs use and applied some modern advancements. In short we've stacked our advantages and minimized our overhead to such a degree that we come out even with centralized ISP performance.
Althea Development Update #68: Time is relative for computers too
This issue got me thinking about the relativity of time on the routers. Our billing algorithm made the assumption that everyone did billing computations every 5 seconds, what would happen when that didn't hold true?
Althea Development Update #67: Chasing ghosts in the machine
Once you design a distributed system to handle any one point of failure you don't stop having failures, they just get more complicated and interconnected. Beta 3 is finally rolling out, after several
Althea is about building infrastructure
When we talk about Althea's design often the first question comes down to 'why home internet'. Why do we focus on home networks when what people really want is cell data, just cheaper?
Althea Development Update #66: New dashboard, exit redundancy
Althea now supports multihomed exits, meaning a single exit can be run across multiple datacenters and bridged into the mesh like any other alternate route. The other major change is the creation of a 'low balance' mode.
Althea Development Update #65: The Quantum Leap
we released payments and then immediately set about doubling the size of our test network. In doing so we had raised the bar for the quality of our features and interfaces.
Althea Development Update #64: Beta 1 rollout, UI improvements, New blog platform
Rolled out @AltheaOrg Beta 1 today in production. Members of the Clatskanie Co-op are loading up their routers with ethereum, which automatically pays my router for bandwidth. Exciting stuff! pic.twitter.com/uCUftWoDDG
Outage report: 14-Jan–2019
Starting at 8pm Pacific time yesterday through 3am Pacific time today Althea’s exit servers were down. This is our first major (longer than a 15 minute) outage since June of 2018. The
Althea Development Update #63: Beta 1
Right now Beta 1 rc2 is churning it’s way through the build system Once this release passes QA in a couple of days we will have out first Althea build with feature
Althea Development Update #62: Free tier design and the life of a packet
Since our last update bandwidth payments have been making their way down the stabilization pipeline we’re going to roll out Alpha 12 to…
Metered Bandwidth on Althea
In this post I’m going to explain Althea’s billing system and how it provides more transparency, choice, and control than the traditional…
Althea Development Update #61: Testnet bandwidth payments