PRESS RELEASE. On December 21st, 2020, the Nexus Protocol white paper was released. The new internet will be driven by a blockchain-based operating system (LX-OS) and a communication protocol (Nexus Protocol), which will be connected by a satellite-based distributed mesh network. The white paper contains technical specifications and mathematical models that demonstrate and test the viability, value proposition, and functionality of this new architectural framework.
Web 3.0 or Devolved Web (DWeb) has been popularized as the next evolution of the internet, with the promise of franchising digital communications by reducing consumer dependence on a few companies and technologies, ultimately reducing conglomerate dominance. The Nexus Protocol takes this a step further, by decentralizing and democratizing network infrastructure hardware and software. A network consisting of symbolic micro-satellites, ground stations and phased array antennas forms the backbone of the infrastructure, which will provide an alternative to central Internet Service Providers (ISPs).
Tokenized Micro-satellite Containers will provide individuals with the opportunity to own part of the physical infrastructure of the internet, build equity, and participate in decentralized governance. Micro-satellites will operate in many Low Earth Orbit (LEO) constellations to provide low latency and open access to the Nexus Protocol globally. The white paper states that future documentation will provide further specifications, including the minimum number of satellites required to form an initial network and constellation simulations. An additional satellite value proposition is the inclusion of a forthcoming Nexus LLD file system that will allow individuals to negotiate maintenance contracts between entities, and generate direct Return on Investment (ROI) from available flash memory. Below is a summary of the design:
- Each constellation is represented by a unique set of fungus tokens created on Nexus.
- Ownership and discretionary voting rights are held by equities represented by these tokens.
- Revenue generated from the consignment is automatically spread to the owners through symbolic rewards.
- Entities that use satellites are provided with direct economic benefits, similar to how mining incentivizes blockchain construction.
- Micro-satellites will provide reputation-based network services to support the routing system between ground stations and their aggregate clients.
Land Stations will operate in a cell-like topology, performing most of the heavy network processing and supplying local content, edge computing and routing services. While phased array antennas will be used to maintain the connection to the micro-satellites in LEO. This type of antenna is electrically steered and can achieve high gain and mobility, so it was chosen for continuous two-way communication between the satellites and ground stations. In terms of end-user access, two standards are currently under consideration: local Wi-Fi hotspots and cellular LTE technology.
The ground infrastructure will provide content delivery services to local networks, creating the opportunity for ground station operators to generate ROI. Operators will be able to offer geospatial storage services, to deliver a range of content delivery speeds to their local customers.
Frequency allocation is essential to ensure that the Nexus Protocol meets the goal of an open and free protocol, remaining unrestricted and spontaneous by any single party. To achieve this, it will use the 5.8 GHz Industrial, Scientific and Medical (ISM) band that does not require licensing or has limits on antenna gains. The white paper also includes modeling the viability mathematical proof test within the constraints of the selected ISM band.
LX-OS, a Nexus Operating System (OS) specifically designed for the Nexus Protocol, is currently being developed to strengthen hardware abstractions, security requirements and reduce the overall risk to embedded devices, micro-satellites and consumer-grade hardware. These security virtues are enforced by leveraging the Nexus blockchain for user authentication and information verification. The LX-OS will initially be marketed for micro-satellites and IoT devices, as each is known for vulnerabilities. These industries can benefit significantly from the enhanced dynamic protection and management capabilities.
The infrastructure components are finely woven together with an economic model designed to nurture the many revenue streams, in order to provide humanity with free access to internet services globally while creating universal economic opportunities. This is reinforced with mathematical models that resist monopoly by de-monetizing predatory behaviors, thereby increasing incentives for co-operatives.
Nexus Protocol integrates into the TAO framework, a seven-tier software stack that enables streamlined implementation smart contracts, DApps, tokens, and assets (NFT’s) through a set of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).
In accordance with the true values of open source crypto, to keep the white paper as an open specification, it was stamped and recorded on the Nexus blockchain under the US asset name: NP-WP. It is available to the public via the Nexus API.
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