A Primer Through Golem

A primer and very high-level overview on what Golem Network is and what it can do.

A Primer Through Golem

We're here to give a primer and very high-level overview on the current state of Golem, the yagna reference implementation, and more. While the Golem Promo video might look cool, it doesn't begin to describe the broad aspect of what our platform has to offer and what makes us so excited to be building this project and engaging with the community to create an ecosystem of developers, requestors and providers. So here's what we like to call the Golem one-pager.

What Golem does

Golem democratizes society’s access to computing power by creating a decentralized platform where anyone can build a variety of applications, request computational resources and/or offer their idle systems in exchange for cryptocurrency tokens (GLM).

It's important to note that Golem's potential goes much beyond a singular application. In Golem there is not a single monolithic use-case or a killer dApp - we are building a self sustainable ecosystem. Instead of thinking of one big requestor, think “strength in numbers” - a myriad of different types of users requesting digital resources, providing them and building applications on top of the platform. See Awesome Golem for just a taste of the various types of applications that can be built and run on Golem! Examples include: machine learning, password recovery, video transcoding, turn-based strategy games. The list goes on and there's more to come.

How Golem does it

Golem enables the exchange of processing power through a decentralized, censorship-resistant, reliable network.

The Golem difference

Accessible to all

Flexible technology designed for all needs


Golem/service attributes

- Global, open source, decentralized computing solution built for any task, any user, anywhere

- Innovative network aggregates and optimizes processing power across participants’ machines, from PCs to entire data centers

- Low-cost easy access through an Ethereum-based Layer 2 payments system permits users from a diverse set of backgrounds to leverage the Golem Network  

- Fit for a myriad of use cases and audiences to help foster a community of developers, requestors and providers 

- Reliable, efficient and secure development 

- Cutting-edge architecture enables even the most ambitious projects at top speeds

- Decentralized network enables developers to work without limitations, including deplatforming or other types of censorship

- Stores only permissioned statistics, not personal information

- Unrestricted,  proxy-free network encourages open communication 

The needs that Golem addresses

Reduce high costs and infrastructure burden

Flexible automation, scalability & customization

Cross-border distribution 

- Golem operates on an off-chain, distributed Ethereum-base Layer 2 payment framework to ensure requests are affordable

- Pay-for-usage model eliminates infrastructure demands and barriers of entry

- Golem provides an open-source platform that is flexible, entirely programmable and helps to promote creativity for requestors 

- More efficient processing solutions power the most ambitious projects

- Proxy-free environment, custom-built for open-source interaction & developer-friendly creative execution

- Golem’s open-source, decentralized and user-controlled network enables global adoption

Requestor value


- Golem is capable of computing a wide variety of tasks. Golem’s limitations are only defined by the developer community’s creativity


- From large universities to scientists or artists, anyone can leverage the world’s unused computing power to conduct data intensive research and complex computations through the Golem Network

Anonymous publishing

- Golem grants participants the power to disseminate content globally, putting the capability in requestors’ hands while encouraging free speech without fear of deplatforming 



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