This month in curation #11 | January 22

This month:

  • The Graph celebrates its one year anniversary

  • Semiotic AI and The Guild joins The Graph as Core Developer Teams.

  • The Graph now supports Aurora



The Graph Network has been live for over a year

  • The Graph Network went live on December 17th of 2020. Since then it has has blossomed into a vibrant ecosystem collaborating on organizing data for web3.

  • This blog post was published by Yaniv Tal, CEO of Edge&Node. It reflects on the momentous achievements The Graph have made this past year. It also looks forward, outlining the web3 vision and The Graphs unique and critical role as an infrastructure provider.

  • The Graph has had an explosive growth since the network went live. This twitter thread has some very interesting charts and numbers.

  • One year after the network launch, The Graph Protocol have thousands of contributors and participants.

    • 5 Core Development Teams
    • over 100 Grantees
    • 158 Indexers
    • 2,341 Curators
    • 8,200 Delegators
  • The Graph Protocol is making blockchain data available through open APIs. We are seeing an explosive adoption rate.

    • 41,000 Developer accounts
      550% YoY growth

    • 1.8B queries per day
      569% YoY growth

    • 31,000 Subgraphs deployed
      282% YoY growth



The Graph Awards $60M Grant to Semiotic AI to Join The Graph as a Core Developer Team

  • Read the full blogpost here.

  • Semiotic AI is a startup that builds secure, autonomous agents for decentralised markets.

  • Semiotic AI has been a Graph Grantee, and have worked closely with Edge & Node since March. Some of the projects they have been working on include:

    • Automation of query negotiations through reinforcement learning

    • AI-based determination of query costs

    • Query latency prediction

    • Indexer Stress Test tool

    • AI-powered query generator

  • Going forward, Semiotic AI will work with other core dev teams in The Graph ecosystem on research and development focused around artificial intelligence and cryptography and ways to apply these areas to The Graph Network. This includes:

    • Apply deep learning techniques to train predictive models to estimate the resource costs of queries on Indexers’ infrastructure (e.g., latency, memory, data egress). These predictive models can be used by Indexers to price incoming queries in a way that accurately reflects their own operational costs.

    • Semiotic also aims to leverage reinforcement learning agents in simulations to inform future iterations of protocol economics, having recently started collaborating with other core researchers such as BlockScience and Prysm Group.

    • Work with other core devs on zk-SNARKs research to meet the needs of different use cases, like verifiable queries and the ability to prove receipts for micropayments. zk-SNARKs are a form of cryptographic zero-knowledge proof that enables a party to prove it has certain information, or has done a certain computation, without revealing what that information or computation was.



The Graph Foundation Awards $48M Grant to The Guild to Join The Graph as a Core Developer Team

  • Read the full blogpost here.

  • The Guild is one of the top open-source developer groups in the GraphQL ecosystem and builds and maintains some of the most widely-used GraphQL tooling in the world. They was previously a Wave 1 Grantee building subgraph tooling.

  • Over the next four years, The Guild team will work on researching and implementing several subgraph features that will greatly improve functionality for dapp and subgraph developers in web3, including but not limited to:

    • Schema Prototyper: collaborating with The Graph Foundation and other Core Dev teams to productize the Schema Prototyper (Wave 1 grant)

    • Subgraph composition: developing capabilities for developers to consume data from multiple composed subgraphs

    • Analytics and aggregation: designing and implementing a solution for data analytics and aggregations at index and query time

    • Mutations: designing and implementing mutations as a supported GraphQL feature

    • Subscriptions (v2): improving subscriptions functionalities in subgraphs for better retrieval of data in real-time

    • The Graph GraphQL API: developing on the existing API with other Core Dev teams to unlock new features to improve subgraph devex

    • Porting common GraphQL JS libraries to Rust: porting certain APIs to Rust to unlock integrations with Graph Node and other web3 protocols to allow for features like scheme stitching and transformations



The Graph’s beta integration with Aurora is complete

  • Read the twitter thread here.

  • Aurora runs on NEAR Protocol and takes advantage of its many unique features, including sharding and developer gas fee remuneration. Aurora consists of two core components:

    • Aurora Engine runtime, which allows for the seamless deployment of Solidity and Vyper smart contracts

    • Aurora Bridge, providing for the permissionless transfer of tokens and data between Ethereum and Aurora.

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Congrats on the progress, though clearly there needs to be some focus on improving the Curator experience. Somewhere there was a mention of a POAP for the one-year anniversary. Any pointers to that would be appreciated.

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