Swarm, the decentralized storage branch of the ethereum network, has advanced to is third proof-of-concept stage.
Speaking to CoinDesk at Devcon3, swarm lead developer Victor Tron revealed today that the proof-of-concept is now fully compatible with the ethereum client, Geth, and Whisper, the project's messaging protocol, bringing ethereum one step closer to its "holy trinity" vision, where three systems provide a complete alternative to the World Wide Web.
And in his talk, Tron emphasized how his work fits into the wider vision for ethereum, one in which the storage branch will function much like Dropbox, providing the ability for platform users to store content and create and share folders.
The proof-of-concept is testing also a brand new privacy layer, which Tron said is key to keeping ethereum resistant to the whims of authorities.
He told CoinDesk:
According to Tron, Swarm could pave the way for many "beautiful things," such as distributed public archives that cannot be shut down or censored.
The proof-of-concept will also stress test what happens to the network once it's grown to tens of thousands of nodes, what Tron called a scalability test, a hot topic at Devcon this year.
The new version of Swarm is expected to launch sometime after Devcon3.