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Even with bleeding edge technology such as IOTA, we must balance the need for innovation, with the need to pursue standardisation and operationalisation of more developed streams. The concept of bimodal IT has become increasingly popular in traditional industry. Traditionally bimodal IT has split a department into 2 parts, one dealing with maintenance and support issues, while the other concentrates on innovation and expansion.
As the entire IOTA Foundation is tasked with ongoing innovation, we must approach this problem in a slightly different way. Today we introduce our own version of bimodal IT in the IOTA Foundation. Two separate teams called Alpha and Omega.
- Alpha — for cloud services, aka the current internet.
- Omega — for fog services / edge computing — the Internet of Things vision of IOTA.
The Alpha team will continue to improve our current systems aimed at the internet. This work includes the majority of current projects, including IRI, entangled, Trinity, libs, MAM and the coordicide project.
The Omega team will look towards the longer term — as the name suggests, to the final version of IOTA. Their remit includes the following workstreams:
- Ict — an agent controlled by iotas (paid to its owner) for performing services built on top of the IOTA network.
- Qubic — a protocol that specifies IOTA’s solution for quorum-based computations.
- IXI — an interface aiming to extend IOTA protocol functionality in a modular manner — and IXI-plugins (e.g. Timestamping IXI, Graph IXI) required to connect Qubic and other future projects to IOTA.
- Various tools for the above (e.g. Merkle signature scheme for economic clustering (EC) markers).
- Porting of Ict to Android (as a proof of concept) and implementation of Network-bound PoW prototype....
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