HOW... does the Internet of the future look like? A modern protocol for the requirements of today and tomorrow.
HTTP has enabled the World Wide Web and ushered in a new era. But after 25 years a lot has changed. New devices and applications are filling the network. Video streaming, big data and a lot of users demand unprecedented bandwidths. HTTP hardly does justice to this anymore. Moreover, the web is no longer free of censorship and state control.
At its core IPFS is a peer-to-peer network and combines concepts of successful distributed systems such as BitTorrent and Git. It optimizes bandwidth, makes data available even in (temporarily) separated subnets, protects against central censorship and persists important data for users. As a P2P system, it reduces the need for central servers.
For better understanding we have published the Ideas Engineering website in the IPFS network. We had problems when the usual single page app mechanics of our React.js website didn't work, because routes and paths to images, fonts, JS and CSS files only work relatively here - but they are absolutely required. In addition, as a content publisher, it was necessary to permanently operate a separate node in the IPFS network.