Croquet Launches Edge Collaboration Platform and Global Development Infrastructure for Building Real-Time Multi-User Web and Mobile Applications
LOS ANGELES–(COMMERCIAL THREAD) – The world’s perception of what real-time collaboration can look like is about to change. Croquet Corporation, the technology leader of Edge Collaboration (a new and growing area of Edge Computing) has launched the Croquet Collaboration Platform ™ enabling developers around the world to build multi-user applications with real-time capabilities never before possible previously.
While Croquet’s exclusive mission is to provide development tools and infrastructure – including the very useful Croquet library, APIs, and frameworks – the company has launched a free reference app called PiiX (Photo Instantaneous Interactive Experience) for present the technology. PiiX allows everyone from consumers to sophisticated developers to try out this revolutionary new collaboration technology now, with no registration required.
Scan a QR code and watch PiiX, a real-time collaborative annotation app, which instantly jumps to your phone or tablet. Invite others and as you annotate or manipulate the image, results appear simultaneously in real time on all participants’ screens. All users have simultaneous control. Users often describe the experience as “magical”. But it’s the overall infrastructure below, with frameworks above, that makes everything possible. Click here to try PiiX.
“We believe that all future applications should be collaborative, including applications for productivity, social collaboration, telemedicine, sports, interactive marketing, AR / VR, SaaS, games, etc. Says David A. Smith, Founder and CTO of Croquet. . “With this launch, Croquet provides all the tools and infrastructure developers developers need to easily create stunning, real-time, fully synchronized collaborative applications that make today’s multi-user applications look like anachronisms. We expect developers to find amazing ways to use this technology that we haven’t even imagined yet. ”
Croquet was funded in early 2020 to continue development and private beta testing of the benchmark infrastructure, libraries, tools, and application launched today. The use cases for the technology are vast and varied among startups, enterprise, business applications, social collaboration, media, marketing, interactive advertising, and social games. See more details on the use cases on the Croquet website.
A peek under the hood
Croquet’s Edge Collaboration infrastructure, the first of its kind, is now deployed globally on all continents (except Antarctica). It provides a lightning-fast reflector-based network (with latency as low as 10-15ms, depending on location), as well as a single edge collaboration protocol and sync service that enable time-consuming collaboration. real at the edge of the network where performance is the best. Servers have long stood between users and real-time collaboration. With Edge Collaboration, nothing works on the servers, so developers are free to easily build apps for instant shared experiences.
All the “smarts” of the application are on the client side. Each user operates a shared virtual machine, with each user’s device being assured of running the exact same program at exactly the same time, in exactly the same way. These client-side bit-identical virtual machines use a replicated compute model that enables ultra-low latency, low-bandwidth synchronization, and instant interactions.
The applications generate events that are sent to an Edge Reflector, the architectural center of the Croquet infrastructure, which then redistributes them to the replicated virtual machine of each session participant, providing precise synchronization with extremely low latency. Reflectors are small pieces of software that reside on the Edge and are rotated up or down as needed anywhere in the world to support high performance sessions. Croquet Infrastructure is highly scalable with reflectors operating across the globe, all designed to work with existing online and mobile networks, including 5G. Developers can sign up here to receive a free key to start using Croquet.
“Croquet is the best thing I’ve seen in IT in the past 15 years,” says Alan Kay, Croquet advisor since its inception and Turing Prize winner long regarded as the father of the personal computer. “It solves huge problems associated with building real-time collaborative applications in an extremely elegant way. The Internet has needed it for many years.
Other key facts about the Croquet library, API, and frameworks include:
No back-end code; single front-end, client side only. Easy even for novice programmers
Quick and easy to implement. Changes the whole dynamic of multi-user app development so developers can build and deploy multi-user apps in days, not months
App state is automatically shared so new users can instantly join a live session
Extracts the developer from a powerful underlying infrastructure; it just works
Several frameworks available for critical tasks
Works worldwide with extremely low latency
privacy-oriented; each message is end-to-end encrypted. The servers only see the encrypted data; so even the leaks would not interfere with privacy
No sync issues or out of service events. Croquet uses ‘replicated calculus’ to eliminate message ‘collisions’
Edge reflectors exist as software and have no application state; they are extraordinarily scalable on a global scale and can function as a self-proliferating network
Consult this technical FAQ on the Croquet website
Development of the company’s current technology has been led by Smith and co-founders Vanessa Freudenberg, Aran Lunzer, Yoshiki Ohshima, and Brian Upton – a team of architects and engineers in Los Angeles, California.
“It’s an incredible team that has built something remarkable,” says John Payne, CEO of Croquet. “The Croquet platform and infrastructure will enable a whole new generation of applications that could not exist before, while supporting the addition of collaboration functionality to existing applications around the world in a highly scalable way.
The market for collaboration technology as a whole is huge. COVID has accelerated demand by 10 years, but so far the technology has lagged. Croquet changes the conversation, allowing a huge leap forward in the development of instant shared experiences.
Croquet Corporation – the technology leader in Edge Collaboration, a growing new area of Edge Computing – operates a global Edge collaboration platform and collaboration infrastructure that enables developers to quickly and easily create a wide range of multi-user collaboration applications for web and mobile, on a virtually unlimited scale. Croquet has its spiritual roots in the work started in the 1990s by founder and CTO David A. Smith, Alan Kay, David P. Reed and Andreas Raab in Project Croquet, an open source 2D / 3D environment for collaborative working written in Smalltalk. Croquet was formed in 2019 and funded by SIP Global Partners and a group of seasoned technology and financial industry veterans. Visit www.croquet.io.