Salad Infrastructure

Every Salad node represents a real, privately owned computer. Individuals around the world use our open-source desktop software to share idle compute resources in exchange for redemption credits and digital rewards on Salad's community platform. In return, we can sustainably activate an underutilized supply of latent processing power as distributed cloud infrastructure.

This mutually beneficial relationship permits us to offer more affordable solutions than centralized cloud service providers. By virtue of this arrangement, SaladCloud customers gain secure access to dedicated CPU processing, cutting-edge GPUs, high-speed internet connections, and non-sequential public IP addresses from residences worldwide—for a fraction of the price for conventional data center usage.

Network Lifecycle

Conventional wisdom prefers enterprise-grade processing hardware for its physical durability and the quality of its manufacture. Consumer hardware is nevertheless performant, and the compatibility attained through hardware-layer virtualization APIs has eliminated the strategic benefit of choosing expensive, more traditional cloud solutions.

Though the average lifespan of some consumer devices may be notably shorter than that of data center hardware, Salad systems acknowledge and ameliorate this disadvantage through conscious reliance on niche-interest gaming computers. Because our network contributors have a particular interest in playing the latest blockbuster gaming titles and securing top-of-the-line graphics, our on-hand supply pool invariably contains a representative sample of modern GPUs.

Salad incurs no operational expense for hardware upgrades or physical networking. Our users reliably upgrade to keep pace with entertainment trends, which makes our cloud solutions far more economical than traditional data center infrastructure.

Distributed Architecture

The distributed nature of Salad's infrastructure layer conveys certain advantages for discrete computing applications that require precise distribution or GPU-assisted data processing.

Region-free Distribution

Unlike conventional cloud providers, Salad maintains a direct supply relationship with thousands of idle consumer devices. Salad Container Engine automatically matches container deployments with ideal cohorts from a global pool of heterogeneous hardware. SCE customers can choose to isolate cohorts by world geography to reduce latency, or exclude certain hardware classes pre-deployment.

Universal 3D Acceleration

Salad's foundational hardware layer is composed of sophisticated gaming PCs powered by modern GPUs. Working in conjunction with Salad's global workload distributor, Salad Container Engine can execute container instances with full access to multi-threaded and 3D-accelerated processing via Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL2).

Globally Geodistributed Edge

Salad's network encompasses available hardware nodes in 188 countries and counting. Every SCE container host is pre-selected for high-speed internet connections and low latency.

While less advantageous for use cases that involve long-running data processes (which could be and would be better scoped to prescribed geographic regions using any supported SCE workflow), Salad's geodistributed infrastructure can be leveraged like a global mesh layer for supporting video streaming, VPN services, and diverse P2P applications.