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Meet Gerred Dillon, Co-Founder And CTO Of Mycelial


Guest: Gerred Dillon (LinkedIn, Twitter)
Company: Mycelial (Twitter)
Show: Let’s Talk

Mycelial is a new company that is building out a system for replicated data types at the edge. They are trying to serialize state over the wire and then re-hydrate it into objects to either side. This helps to empower people, from a distributed systems perspective, to use tools like conflict-free replicated data types (CRDTs), use web assembly and other edge-based technologies, without having to have a deep understanding of distributed systems.

According to Gerred Dillon, co-founder and CTO of Mycelial, after a good deal of research, what they discovered was “at the edge, sensors are generating an absolutely staggering amount of data. So IDC estimates that the data volume coming off of IoT devices alone will increase from 13 zettabytes in 2019 to roughly 80 zettabytes by 2025. And this is only going to grow more urgent, right?” Dillon saw an obvious problem in that existing network links cannot support this massive amount of data volume and realized, “As the compute power at the edge grows, everything from a watch to a temperature sensor, some of these can even run massive amounts of compute. They need to be able to make these processing decisions in a very low latency way.”

Dillon also mentions how crucial it is to Mycelial that data is portable over time. To that, he says, “as we start to stabilize, we’re open sourcing the protocols and everything that we’re doing enabling companies to have complete ownership of that, and not be just reliant on a software as a service there.”

The company recently received an influx of funding. With that funding, they plan to build out a system for deploying distributed actors. They are combining that with the best-in-class ideas coming out of academia like these CRDTs. Dillon explains this concept by saying, “The idea there is, if you and I are writing out to the same area, the system shouldn’t crash. It should offer people the ability to reconcile that information and move forward at a higher level than having to go solve that issue over and over again.”

The summary of the show is written by Jack Wallen

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