After a month of mystery Tron reveals Project Atlas

31 Jul, 2018
by Matthew Kim
After a month of mystery Tron reveals Project Atlas

Some believe that Justin Sun, founder and CEO of Tron, is a marketing wizard while others believe that he is merely a loud and obnoxious individual, yet there is no denying that he has a knack for garnering attention. In his latest marketing ploy, Sun unveiled the “secret project” that he had teased a month prior: Project Atlas.

The project will aim to build a system to utilize the resources of the recently acquired BitTorrent in the Tron blockchain ecosystem. Exactly how BitTorrent’s massive torrenting network will be used in the Tron mainnet remains largely unknown, but the goal of Project Atlas will be to integrate the two networks.

As Tron’s goal is to decentralize the internet, many spectators believe that Tron will use BitTorrent’s network to improve the torrenting function on the Tron platform. BitTorrent, with its user base of more than 100 million people, also has the potential technology to help Tron scale.

In a letter to the Tron community last week, the Tron team had this to say regarding to the future use of BitTorrent:

“Currently, we are exploring the possibility of using the TRON protocol to improve the BitTorrent protocol, in order to make BitTorrent protocol faster and lengthen the lifespan of BitTorrent swarms. I hope the integration of TRON and BitTorrent will allow both parties to work better as one in the future.”

Interestingly, Tron emphasizes the desire to improve BitTorrent with Tron’s network rather than the other way around. When the official announcement of Tron’s purchase of BitTorrent surfaced, majority of the people believed that Tron only wanted the user base of BitTorrent to claim the title of the “largest decentralized ecosystem”. Tron’s true intent will surely be revealed in the future, but as of now the purpose of the merge is ambiguous at best.


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