IPFS search

The Interplanetary File System (IPFS) is rapidly gaining ground as a possible replacement for the http protocol. IPFS is a peer-to-peer distributed file system (that enables users to transfer files from other users’ computers to their own, and vice versa) that seeks to connect all computing devices with the same system of files. It is giving hope to dreams of an open, trustworthy and reliable internet for all. But without useful tools to browse and explore this new system, it won’t take off. IPFS and IPFS-search allow for search to become a utility in the public domain. It will be owned and operated by its stakeholders: the people. My notes for its challenges and feasibility …

IPFS search challenges

It is a challenge to just get the terminology right. And the network search model for IPFS can not be a simple adaptation of existing solutions. Preparing for a focus on adoptability, node autonomy, content-based clustering of nodes, distributed index, autotuning, … and loose component architectures …

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Evaluation criteria

Some of the questions cannot be answered for every search engine evaluated and different contexts and engines require different answers. Still, these are good for a start.



The InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) provides a high-throughput, content-addressed block storage model, with content-addressed hyperlinks.

Logic is the beginning of wisdom; not the end. ~ Spock

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