Message from the Exec team

Strategic postponement of ICO - Details below

2017 saw SPARC gain significant traction and interest as we have developed strategic collaborations and partnerships with key stakeholders and investors. The SPARC team has grown to include a CFO, new experienced advisers, and more excited engineers.

Due to significant Canadian interest in SPARC, we are in a strong financial position. Given this opportunity, we have the chance to distribute tokens more strategically to the benefit of all participants.

2018 is forecasted to be the year of growth in decentralized applications. SPARC's technology is designed to facilitate this growth by providing a complimentary and cost-effective distributed application layer to other more-expensive distributed asset layers.

In 2018 We will:
  • Collect large regional users & suppliers of compute power and work with them to migrate to our technology.
  • Leverage larger projects to create common SDKs for individuals and smaller researchers.
  • Release the Distributed Compute Protocol© & grow the network before public ICO
  • Help to grow a local university's distributed application incubator.
  • Distribute token grants to strategic users of compute power.
Our Next Development Steps:
  • SPARC is collaborating with an S&P/TSX 60 compute supplier in a closed beta-test. They will be computing an astronomy project for a large group of Canadian researchers.
  • A complimentary astronomy SDK is being created in parallel for release to other project groups.
  • Public beta-test of SPARC to begin in coming weeks.
  • Launch of MVP shortly after.
Our Next Funding Steps:
  • Mid-December 2017, Doyle Capital Management, NYC, invested a significant amount of pre-seed funding into SPARC’s economy.
  • Upon the successful outcome of SPARC’s pilot project, SPARC will hold a private seed round led by Doyle Capital Management.
  • Launch large-scale marketing campaign through an established Canadian firm, announcing successful pilot projects and strategic partnerships.
  • Launch of public ICO summer 2018, date to be announced.


SPARC is the
next-generation supercomputer.

SPARC is web-based protocol for computational resources. It is powered by individuals with idle computer power earning rewards and reducing costs.

There is a growing demand for machine learning and other highly parallelizable problems. Computation as a global utility is taking over.

Anyone, anywhere, can connect any device with an internet browser to perform computations and earn tokens. SPARC tokens can then be listed on cryptocurrency exchanges.

Alpha Demo

The Technology

The SPARC Protocol

SPARC is creating the Distributed Compute Protocol which enables JSON and Javascript-based computational packages to be sent and received on a distributed network using web technology.

SPARC Math

Advanced mathematical libraries made available to javascript.

From complex arguments, to special functions we are bringing live-math to the web.

SPARC Physics

The web currently lacks a comprehensive physics engine. We will enable physics-based video games and stress simulations from the browser.

SPARC Shaders

GPU computing is ideal for a wide range of scenarios for floating point math and physics simulations. SPARC aims to provide an array of readily available shaders for calculation and rendering.

Emscripten

Emscripten is a C++ to Javascript compiler using asm.js; a performance based subset of javascript. Unity engine uses Emscripten to export their applications to the web. It has been used to port Unreal Engine 3 to client side browsers.

WebGL 2.0

In early 2017 Khronos group released WebGL 2.0 bringing significant improvments to browser graphics. "Incorporating Compute Shaders into WebGL is the working groups top priority"
~Kenneth Russel

Javascript

Javascript is the most popular and fastest growing programming language.

Javascript is standardized and secure, making it ideal for distributed applications.

Extensions Supporting Industry Standards

MatLab & Maple

Widely used by students and researchers all over the world, MatLab extensions will allow easy access for math students without network experience.

COMSOL

COMSOL is the industry leader in multiphysics modeling and simulation software. Users of this power-hungry software will benefit from our planned networking module.

Blender

We want to enable smaller users and projects to access time-saving power. Parsing blend files for use with WebGL, we aim to enable model pre-processing and live rendering for web applications.

Unity uses emscripten to publish content as javascript programs using WebGL rendering.

This is an example that demonstrates the capabilities of modern browser-based engines.

Checkout the live demo to see it action!

Live Demo

Usecase Example - Applied Electrodynamic Simulation

Research by Daniel Desjardins, PhD

Dan represents an example of a small researcher working with a limited team who does not have access to supercomputer time granted by governments and universities. There are tens of thousands of such researchers across the world who would benefit from easy and open access to computational resources.

At the Royal Military College of Canada (Kingston, Ontario), Dan conducts research in applied electromagnetics. He develops solutions describing the complicated interactions arising between magnetic fields and nearby conducting objects.

Dan has recently derived exact mathematical solutions that describe induced current densities and magnetic levitation forces produced by an electromagnetic coil carrying an alternating current and traveling along the inside a conducting tube. His research is leading to innovative electromagnetic propulsion technologies, similar to the research that underpins revolutionary ideas like Hyperloop One.

To view his results, Dan needed to evaluate his solutions numerically over a grid of 4221 points, which took 5 hours to compute. That computational time increases exponentially when considering additional variable parameters such as coil dimensions, tube thickness and conductivity, coil velocity and current frequency.

Dan would like to be able to efficiently compute these solutions for various coil configurations, tube properties, and other parameters in order to optimize propulsion effects, but his computer is not powerful enough. The more computational power he is provided, the higher precision and greater variety of simulations he can perform. More avenues for exploration result in a greater need for computational resources. This demonstrates how supply creates demand.

Examples of the equations being computed are as follows:

With coefficients defined as:

Using the following definitions:

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Behind The Scenes


We're Hiring

SPECIALIST IN COMPUTATIONAL MATHEMATICS (KINGSTON, ON)

We are always looking for talented developers. If you think SPARC is right for you send your pitch to jobs@sparc.network

The SPARC Team

We are an experienced group of researchers and developers who have strong backgrounds in technology and project implementation. Our group also has team members and partners who have deep experience in marketing and commercializing technology products to help us connect with both sides of our market. Additionally, we are proud to have a growing advisory board of experts who are helping us forge the way in this new and exciting space.

Crypto Enthusiasts

We were one of the first (in 2013) POS systems to incorporate bitcoin into the transaction payment system. We've been handling online transactions since 2002, therefore, the move into blockchain technology is natural to us. Our ERC20 smart contract allows SPARC to become one of the leading standards in tokenized exchange between consumers and suppliers of energy for computational purposes.

Daniel Desjardins, PHD

Founder, CEO

An experienced communicator and a natural team-leader, Dan is a determined, highly creative and innovative scientist-entrepreneur. He obtained a PhD in Physics, specialization in computational electromagnetics, from Queen’s University. Dan has 14 years of professional military experience, having served as a CC130H Hercules military search and rescue pilot, Unit Public Affairs Officer administering media outreach and inquiries, and Assistant Professor with the Department of Physics and Space Science at the Royal Military College of Canada. Dan fulfills his passion for team-building and scientific innovation at Sparc.

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Greg Agnew

Founder, CTO, Lead Developer

Greg has always at the forefront of technology, having mastered Ethereum and full stack development. Spending his spare time building chess engine style games in web applications, he is an expert in pushing JS to the limits.

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David Clark-Joseph

CFO

David is an experienced executive in private equity and portfolio company operations (CFO), with expertise in client negotiations, deal and entity structuring, underwriting and due diligence. He has served in Fortune 500 corporate finance (FP&A) and corporate development, with a public and private firm track record of leading organic and inorganic growth, acquisition selection, modeling, due diligence, integration, synergy realization and performance measurement.

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Claudia Nakhla, CFA

Director, Business Strategy Development at TELUS

Claudia is a strategic thinker with a passion for applying rigour and strong analysis to planning and idea evaluation, turning the big picture into practical, real initiatives. At TELUS, Claudia manages the Strategy & Planning team in its Consumer & Small Business segment, working with stakeholders to develop overall strategic direction, scorecards, special projects, and reporting of special topics to the Board. Claudia has also managed strategy, business case development, partnership identification, and competitive intelligence for its wholesale and enterprise businesses. She has a keen interest in the dynamics of the global and Canadian telecom markets and innovative ideas that will change the landscape for TELUS.

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Aaron Grinhaus, LL.B., J.D., LL.M. (Tax)

Legal Counsel, Grinhaus Law Firm

Aaron is an experienced business, tax and Fintech consultant, who advises clients on Fintech strategies, including the use of blockchain technology, whitepaper/ICO/ITO regulations and structures, smart contracts and cryptocurrency to reduce business costs, hedge institutional friction and expedite capital raises and cross-border wealth transfer transactions.

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Ron Kochman

Managing Partner, Doyle Capital Management

Involved in angel investing and advisory services to startups in the cryptoasset space. Ron represents a number of high-profile investors with specific interests in digital infrastructure projects such as those being developed by Sparc.

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Sandy Hershaw, CFA, MBA BSc(Eng)

Director Capital Markets and CCO of Crowdmatrix

Sandy brings expertise in capital markets and traditional investment strategy and structures. He is a portfolio manager for two technology funds, founder of three private equity energy funds. Senior roles at Bank of Nova Scotia, Imperial Oil, Nesbitt Burns, Dynamic Funds and WATT Capital. Member of the OSC SME and PDAC Securities committees. Crowdmatrix is an EMD affiliated to a leading private equity VC technology group, Extreme Venture Partners.

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KC Erb, MS

Computational Mathematics Developer

KC is a physics PhD student at Charles University (Prague, Czech Republic). His research has included computationally intensive fields such as medical image reconstruction and crystallographic structure determination. He has also worked professionally in a variety of capacities as a software engineer throughout his postgraduate studies. He is passionate about improving the quality of software in science.

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Matthew Palma

Platform Developer

Matthew is a Computer Science graduate from Queen's University (Kingston, Ontario) who is passionate about software development, blockchain, and the exciting future of the decentralized world. Always looking for ways to improve himself and his work, he has been valuable addition to the team. In his free time he enjoys developing games, and participates in the occasional game jam.

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Mohamedd Salah Hussein

Computational Mathematics Developer

Dr. Mohamed is post-doctoral fellow at the Royal Military College of Canada (Kingston, Ontario) specializing in applied research, radiation physics, and information technology. He develops mathematical models and compute algorithms for use in numerical problems, boundary value, and integral equations. Specifically, his expertise lies in high performance parallel computing to simulate radiation transport problems. “I am very excited to be contributing to this project because this IS the future of scientific computing"

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Geoff Klein

Computational Mathematics SDK Developer

Geoff is a PhD Candidate at University of Toronto with an extensive knowledge of electromagnetic theory, nuclear physics, and nuclear reactor theory. His vast experience with Finite Element Method (FEM) modelling (COMSOL Multiphysics), numerical and analytical techniques, and parallelization make him a valuable member of the Math Team, developing tools for this next generation compute platform.

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Conrad Bielicki

Junior Developer

Conrad is a software developer specializing in UI and ES6 component development. He has a background in educational video and website production.


Andrew McColl

Business Development & Partnerships Consultant at OKLink, Hong Kong.

A Commerce student at Queen’s University, Andrew brings expertise in international business development and strategic partnerships to the Sparc team. At OKCoin in Hong Kong, he executed innovative ideas on a global scale with a diverse range of partners. Andrew’s experience and connections make him ideal for driving adoption of Sparc’s network both in Canada and abroad. An avid technology enthusiast with a passion for Blockchain and distributed systems, Andrew is also a valuable liaison with the student community at Queen’s and other top Canadian universities, facilitating the transfer of talent, ideas, and publicity to Sparc.


Anne Vivian-Scott, MBA, PENG

Commercial Advisor

President and CEO BKIN Technologies

"The majority of my career has been occupied by the challenging task of commercializing university-based research discoveries into meaningful products and services. The SPARC initiative is a timely innovation that will have the full support of researchers requiring distributed supercomputing power."

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Gunnar Blohm

Academic Community Advisor

Gunnar is an associate professor for Computational Neuroscience at Queen's University (Kingston, Ontario, Canada). His labtakes a computational approach to sensorimotor neuroscience. Computational modeling is essential for our understanding of neural mechanisms because they formalize hypotheses and make new testable predictions to conduct exciting research lines. "I am very excited about this project because its visionary approach promises to transform data analytics, computational capacity, and accessibility of computing power with tremendous benefits for science and society."

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ALPHA

Road Map

This road map will provide a stable transition for our token so that it may grow in value without interruption.

In order to establish a market, our network needs a base amount of both miners and work. We have launched (August 2017) our coin on top of the BOINC network to establish this base. The Alpha will run until our proprietary network gains critical mass. This means that when the SPARC application is launched during Q1 2018, we will be gradually marketing for miners and projects to move to our system which will be running in parallel to the Alpha.

Live Alpha


Alpha Release

The Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC) is an open source volunteer computing platform. It is primarily used for research, including some famous projects such as SETI, LHC and Einstein@home.

BOINC has been running since 2002, boasts dozens of projects, hundreds of thousands of miners, and over one million connected machines. At 17.1 PFlopS, they are the 3rd fastest supercomputer on earth.

While BOINC has a credit system, those credits hold no economic value. Our plan is to use their open source API to monitor credits distributed among a whitelist of projects, and reward users who sign up to our system with coins.

Frequently Asked Questions


Who can mine?

Anyone can mine on any machine that supports OpenGL applications. Since the work is not uniform our network is ASIC resistant.

How is your coin different from other supercomputer coins like SONM and GOLEM?

Whereas Golem and SONM are targeting native dependency trees with containers such as docker, we are targeting ecma and web assembly standards.

We need more information!!

Please contact us at info@sparc.network and ask your questions. We will be glad to answer them.

How to Connect

Office & Snail Mail

Kings Distributed Systems
303 Bagot St, Suite 403
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
K7K 5W7

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