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Stephen Downes

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A decentralized app (DApp) is an application that runs on decentralized data. The idea is that you, rather than the app provider, controls the data. As Phil Windley writes in this post, people think of DApps as running on blockchain ledgers, but this need not be the case. "Using smart contracts on a blockchain is one way to do this, but there are others, including peer-to-peer networks and InterPlanetary File System (IPFS)." He offers a few examples of different types of DApps, including some that run on his own Picos. DApps are potentially useful for edge computing, that is, computing that runs on your own personal device. "Erica Pisani discusses what the edge is, how running code and serving data on the edge can improve the performance of services, and how to leverage these tools to maximize performance."

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