The InterPlanetary File System gets a network upgrade to make data fetching faster

Quick Take

  • InterPlanetary File System (IPFS), the peer-to-peer distributed file system developed by Protocol Labs, has received a network upgrade
  • The network seeks to speed up the content routing process
  • IPFS 0.5 also added support for popular tools including blockchain-based .eth links, Linux’s service manager Systemd, and .car files

InterPlanetary File System (IPFS), the peer-to-peer distributed file system developed by Protocol Labs, has received a network upgrade aimed at speeding up the content routing process.

As The Block previously explained, IPFS offers a decentralized alternative to existing file-sharing protocols like the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP). Compared to HTTP, for example, which follows a traditional client-server model, IPFS incorporates multiple web elements and makes use of distributed nodes.

On Tuesday, Protocol Labs released the system's new iteration, IPFS 0.5, which makes it faster to add, find, provide, and fetch data. In doing so, developers made several improvements to its distributed hash table (DHT) implementation – a catalog-like mechanism that helps the network find content. 

According to information shared with The Block, the upgraded network would allow users to fetch content two to five times faster than the current one. 

In order to improve the overall developer experience, IPFS 0.5 also added support for popular tools including blockchain-based .eth links, Linux's service manager Systemd, and .car files.

"Our collaboration with Protocol Labs and the latest go-ipfs v0.5 release are essential to our upcoming premium IPFS product release later this year," said Michael Godsey, product manager at Infura, a hosted Ethereum node cluster that provides an IPFS node to developers. "The improvements to the DHT and stability of peering allow us to provide an even more reliable product and continue to get IPFS into the hands of decentralized application developers."


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