Croquet Collaboration Platform launched for creating real-time, multi-user apps

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Croquet Collaboration Platform launched for creating real-time, multi-user apps

Croquet Corporation, an Edge Collaboration specialist, has launched the Croquet Collaboration Platform, allowing developers worldwide to create multi-user apps with real-time capabilities, which the company says was not possible before.

While Croquet’s exclusive mission is delivering developer tools and infrastructure – including the Croquet Library, APIs and highly useful frameworks – the company has launched a free reference app called PiiX (Photo Instantaneous Interactive Experience) to showcase the technology. PiiX allows anyone, from consumers to sophisticated developers, to test-drive this revolutionary new collaboration technology right now, with no registration required.

Scan a QR code and watch as PiiX, a real-time, collaborative annotation app jumps instantly onto your phone or tablet. Invite others and as you annotate or manipulate the image, the results appear simultaneously in real-time on all participant screens. All users have simultaneous control.

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David Smith, founder & CTO of Croquet, said: “We believe that all future applications should be collaborative – including apps for productivity, social collaboration, telemedicine, sports, interactive marketing, AR/VR, SaaS, gaming, you name it,

“With this launch, Croquet is delivering all of the tools and infrastructure developers need to easily build mind-blowing, real-time, fully synchronous collaborative apps that make today’s multi-user apps look like anachronisms. We expect that developers will find amazing ways to use this technology that we haven’t even imagined yet.”

Croquet was funded in early 2020 to pursue development and private beta testing of the infrastructure, libraries, tools and reference app launched today. Use cases for the technology are vast and varied across startups, the enterprise, commercial applications, social collaboration, media, marketing, interactive advertising and social games.

Croquet’s ‘first-of-its-kind’ Edge Collaboration infrastructure is deployed globally today on every continent except Antarctica. The firm says It provides a super-fast reflector-based network (with latency as low as 10-15ms, depending on location), as well as a unique edge collaboration protocol and synchronization service that enable real-time collaboration at the edge of the network where performance is best. Servers have long stood between users and real-time collaboration. With Edge Collaboration, nothing runs on servers so developers are free to easily create apps for instantaneous shared experiences.

All the ‘smarts’ of the application are on the client side. Each user is operating a shared virtual machine, with everyone’s device guaranteed to run the exact same program at exactly the same time, in exactly the same way. These client-side, bit-identical virtual machines use a replicated computation model that enables ultra-low latency, low bandwidth synchronisation and instantaneous interactions.

Applications generate events which are sent to an Edge Reflector, the architectural center of the Croquet infrastructure, which then redistributes it to each session participant’s replicated virtual machine, providing precise synchronisation with exceedingly low latency. Reflectors are small pieces of software that sit on the Edge and are spun up or down as needed anywhere in the world to support high performance sessions. Croquet Infrastructure is highly scalable with reflectors running 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 allowing them to start using Croquet.

Want to learn more about topics like this from thought leaders in the space? Find out more about the Edge Computing Expo North America on September 29-30, a brand new, innovative event and conference exploring the edge computing ecosystem.

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