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December 1, 2023

ASTO | Tokenized Fundraising Customers

ASTO is a company partnering with Anabrid to create an analog supercomputing cloud platform using multiple analog computers, and ONINO is helping with the technical and business aspects of tokenizing the platform. The long-term goal is to run the analog cloud computing platform on top of ONINO's Onigraph infrastructure, and the ONINO community may have the opportunity to participate in the sales preceding the ICOs.

ASTO | Tokenized Fundraising Customers

ASTO | ONINO Tokenized Fundraising Customers

We just recently announced our new service which we call “Tokenized Fundraising by ONINO”. In the announcement we let you know that we already had two customers for this service. In this article, we want to introduce you to one of these companies.

Presenting: ASTO — The Analog Supercomputer Platform

What is ASTO?

ASTO — the short form of “Analog Supercomputer Token” is a company that aims to create an analog supercomputing cloud platform.

ASTO is partnering up with the company Anabrid and will use its Analog-Digital Hybrid Computing technology. The idea is to use multiple analog computers and build a framework that lets you access the analog computer from the cloud.

Instead of buying an analog computer and having to manually perform the configuration of the analog computer for calculations, with ASTO you will be able to simply access the power of analog computing through the cloud — similar to how AWS works for traditional computing power.

This will bring analog computing to the masses and the complex platform will need some way to manage all the traffic, the individual jobs, and the payment — this is where ONINO comes in to help with tokenization (more on this later).

But why bring analog computing to the cloud in the first place?

Why the Future Belongs to Analog Computing

Analog computing is very old and goes back to the first computers. Analog computers existed way before digital computers, and since digital computers took over, analog computers got less and less attention.

But digital computing is not better or worse than analog computing — it is simply different. In a time when digital chips cease to innovate at the pace they once did, and chipmakers focus on specific chips to solve specific tasks, analog computing may just be the answer to some of these problems.

Here’s a quote from Anabrid’s website that may help you understand the relevance of analog computing:

Today, analog is a well-understood, yet underutilized computing paradigm next to the ubiquitous digital and the infant quantum paradigms. Digital computing, well suited for algorithmic symbol processing in discrete steps, is less suited to model continuous relationships efficiently. Today’s urgent challenges in new energy research, public health, economic modelling and elsewhere, however, require precisely the modelling of continuous relationships. Analog computing is ideally suited to address these challenges with unparalleled speed and efficiency.

Once seen as an alternative to digital, analog can complement digital in analog-digital hybrid computers. This offers a path to accelerate computing beyond the impending end of Moore’s Law. To this day, however, the enormous potential of hybrid computing remains largely untapped.

But what are the specific use cases of analog/hybrid computers?

Use Cases for Analog Computing

As described on Anabrid’s website, analog computers are suited for continuous relationships.

An example of this could be a complex formula that models the airflow around a car to optimize its drag coefficient. While a digital computer can also calculate this, it takes a lot of time to do so. The analog computer uses much less energy for each calculation and solves tasks in real-time.

Another use case for analog computing is the training of AI Models where analog computers can accelerate the process while using less energy.

There are some analog problems like differential equations that are easier to model with analog computers instead of using digital simulations. The analog computer can also work asynchronously - there doesn't need to be a central clock. This again can save a lot of energy or lead to higher calculating frequency for certain parts.

How do ONINO & ASTO work together?

ONINO is closely working with ASTO and helping the company with the tokenization of the business model. The complex structure that ASTO creates will only work the way it is intended with the help of a blockchain token. This is where ONINO’s know-how is needed.

ONINO is helping ASTO with the technical part of the token and its implementation, but also with the business part. Solid Tokenomics (Token Economics) are needed to ensure that the token creates real value and is correctly implemented into the business model.

But ONINO doesn’t only help with the token, it will also help with the kickoff of the whole project. This includes help with branding, positioning in the market, and the initial emission of the token (the ICO) as well as the preceding sales.

The long-term goal of this partnership is to run the analog cloud computing platform on top of our Onigraph infrastructure.

Will the ONINO Community be able to participate?

The ONINO community will be kept up to date regarding the progress of this and other projects. We may give you the exclusive possibility to participate in the sales preceding the ICOs — more on this later.

This will do, for now. We hope that you liked this first presentation of our first customer. If you want to know more, please let us know!

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