A quick review of distributed hash tables, and why they’re a pretty cool idea!

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It is pretty easy to start taking a given tool, algorithm, idea, or technology for granted after you have become intimately familiar with it, use it frequently, or have known about it for a long time. It is similarly easy to start believing that, because you understand something well, it must be simple or boring. But every now and then, I’m reminded of the awesomeness of a tool or algorithm that has lost its luster for me along the way…

Recently, I had the privilege of participating in one of the best explanations of one such algorithm (Kademlia distributed hash tables), I have ever heard (Oli Evans’ explanation involved some hands-on role playing, and lots of really nice, intuitive examples), and it reminded me of just how ‘magical’ decentralized systems can be. …


Carson Farmer

Works at Textile.io. Former prof, turned dweb professional. Writes about ipfs, textile, dweb, decentralization, etc.

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