Q&A with Mass Grid’s Co-Founder Huang Xiang

Tell us about your background.

I grew up in Hunan, in central China. Growing up, I was always fascinated with computers and videos games so after high school I majored in digital art and computer science. After attending Peking University for a few semesters, I decide to go work as a game engine programmer in Europe for 3 years. And then came back to China to start video game company here and where I am still the CTO.

How did you get into cryptocurrencies and blockchain?

In 2013, one of my partners designed a very fast BTC mining chip. At that moment, we started manufacturing Bitcoin and LiteCoin miner and have built several gigantic mining farm beside several hydro-power stations in China. I also wrote the mining algorithm and a miner network to manage those huge mining farms, it’s has been quite the adventure.

What were you doing before starting the Mass Grid Project?

Since 2014, I am CTO and founder of Gala Sports, we develop mobile sports game with the licenses of various sports organization such as the NBA or the top football(soccer) clubs in Europe. Since we started, we have become the second biggest mobile sports game company in China. Being CTO of the company, I am in charge of the development and R&D team.

What is a necessary skill to succeed in the field of cryptocurrencies?

It depends on the role, a good blockchain development team needs to have solid knowledge of math and crypto theory. In addition, they should understand how P2P network and parallel computing functions. In reality, it’s very hard for one person have all those skills, to create our team we had to find members from different background and each has it’s own specialties.

Where did the idea of Mass Grid come from?

When I worked on some rendering and 3D-reconstruction project, which was consuming a lot of computing resource, Frank and I started to think about how we could use the GPU miners to do this job because it would be about 10 times cheaper than what we were doing at that moment. And soon after we started the Mass Grid project to develop a network that would help mining farms automatically switch between mining and parallel computing.

How is the development of the network going? What were some difficulties encountered when the Mass Grid project started?

In the last year, we have completed the MassGrid basic network, GPU miner, PC & Mobile wallets and the very important jump hash algorithm which could help the network resist ASIC. The basic network has been online for about 6 month and we have our team continuously working to optimize the miner and add more functionalities in the wallet.

The most difficult part is the development of the GPU version of the jump hash algorithm because we need to integrate more than 30 hash algorithms into one POW algorithm and every hash algorithm needs to be implement on GPU. The complexity of each algorithm is different, that issue made our network’s hash rate fluctuate as it switched between algorithms, solving this part took us over a month of research and development.

What is the next step in the development of the Decentralized High-Performance Computing Network?

The next step is to complete the development of a fast, reliable and safe virtual machine that can run on miners, it is quite a big and challenging project. And to accomplish this, we are expanding our development team to grow to more than 20 core programmer by the next month, that is why we got a new larger office.

Is the timeline of the project still being respected?

Yes, even with the challenges we have faced, we are confident that we will respect the road map that we have set out in our White Paper.

Why should people be interested in Mass Grid?

What sets apart the Mass Grid project is that we are developing the blockchain technology in order to apply it to applications different than finance. One of the main issues of cryptocurrency and the blockchain ecosystem is the huge amount of energy required to run the miners. Hence, by using the hashing power to compute data, we are able to not only secure transaction between users but also obtained a product as an output that is usable.

In what market do you believe Mass Grid will most popular?

Users could use MassGrid do any sorts of computing they want and need. I expect the most in demand sector will be in some computing intensive field such as AI training, rendering and modeling. I also personally hope that we can become involved in the search for extra-terrestrial life by processing radio signals from outer space. The SETI project has developed a decentralized network to find aliens for many years and by using the mining farm’s GPU capacities to do this kinds of computing it would be much faster, scalable and cheaper.

What are some problems you would like to solve with the help of the Decentralized High-Performance Computing Network?

One of the challenges related to HPC is accessibility. The network is the key piece of infrastructure that we are building and it would allow us to give access to high-performance computing to a whole range of business, smaller research projects and individuals that might not have the resource to use this. And we are very excited at the idea of helping those individual/SME to access computing resource that would be able to compete with the world’s fastest supercomputers.

What do you think about the current cryptocurrency market?

It’s crazy.

Where will the blockchain technology be in 5 years?

I believe that the hype around this technology will stabilize itself in the next year or two and that it can bring widespread changes to the financial industry once the technology matures. Once that happens, people will find other applications for the technology that can be more widely applied to the world. It will definitely bring changes to the world but not as significant has the invention of the Internet for example.

What could be done to bring the industry more into the mainstream?

Usage is the key, right now there are a lot of project trying to find a use for the blockchain technology. As you can see MassGrid ourselves is one of them.

Do you think one day all currency will be digital?

Yes, I think that eventually all payments will be made digitally. I myself use Alipay/WeChat to pay everything most of the time. The interesting thing about the future of digital currencies is to see what innovation will persist, maybe in the future someone will improve the blockchain or find some completely different technology.

What other projects are you looking into?

I am working on a 3D reconstruction project right now. I am also looking into other computing intensive industries and see if they could use MassGrid to replace their computing hardware in future.

To learn more about our project and to stay up to date on the latest development, you can visit us on the following pages:

Website: http://massgrid.com

Whitepaper: http://massgrid.com/assets/download/MassGridWhitePaper_En.pdf

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MassGrid

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Mass-Grid-212665429302093/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLFYpBlD1Q_jY9TJb40Hs_g

Medium: https://medium.com/@massgrid