Building a Decentralized and Uncensorable Internet — The Nexus Protocol


Nexus.io releases an architectural blueprint for the building of a decentralized and uncensorable internet

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 communications protocol (Nexus Protocol), that will be connected by a distributed satellite-based mesh network. The white paper contains technical specifications and mathematical models that showcase and prove the viability, value proposition, and practicality of this novel architectural framework.

Network Architecture

Web 3.0 or Decentralized Web (DWeb), has been coined as the next evolution of the internet, with the promise of emancipating digital communication by reducing our reliance on a select few companies and technologies, to ultimately diminish the dominance of conglomerates. 

Tokenized Micro-satellite Constellations will provide the opportunity for individuals to own part of the internet’s physical infrastructure, 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. 

Figure 1: Simulation of Starlink Orbital Patterns [1]

Figure 1: Simulation of Starlink Orbital Patterns [1]

Ground Stations will operate in a cell-like topology, performing most of the heavy network processing and supplying localized content, edge computing, and routing services. Whilst phased array antennas will be utilized to maintain the link to the micro-satellites in LEO. 

Figure 2: Mapping Lookup and Re-encapsulation Architectural Diagram [2]

Figure 2: Mapping Lookup and Re-encapsulation Architectural Diagram [2]

Frequency allocation is crucial to ensuring the Nexus Protocol meets the goal of a free and open protocol, remaining unrestricted and unowned 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 have limits on antenna gains. 

Table 1: ISM Unrestricted Globally Available Frequencies [2]

Table 1: ISM Unrestricted Globally Available Frequencies [2]

Operating System

LX-OS, a Nexus Operating System (OS) specifically designed for the Nexus Protocol, is currently under development to fortify hardware abstractions, security requirements and reduce overall risk to embedded devices, micro-satellites, and consumer grade hardware. 

Game Theory

The infrastructure components are elegantly woven together with an economic model designed to nurture the numerous revenue streams, in order to ultimately provide humanity with free access to internet services globally whilst creating universal economic opportunities. 

Figure 3: Comparing Sarnoff’s, Metcalfe’s and Reed’s Laws [3]

Figure 3: Comparing Sarnoff’s, Metcalfe’s and Reed’s Laws [3]

A New Internet

The Nexus Protocol integrates into the TAO framework, a seven layer software stack that enables the simplified implementation of smart contracts, DApps, tokens, and assets (NFT’s) through a set of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).

In keeping with true open source crypto values, to preserve the white paper as an open specification, it was time stamped and recorded on the Nexus blockchain under blockchain asset name US:NP-WP. The raw blockchain asset information is shown below and publically available through the Nexus API.

{“result”:{“owner”:”a1bc1623d785130bd7bd725d523bd2bb755518646c3831ea7cd5f86883845901",”created”:1608574805,”modified”:1610222781,”address”:”88Pnob1imCyeV8gCDd681HLjnVdM4mBa6E1HnYeGZR2hEmqqy2P”,”checksum”:”3bfc2b9d22b03d2cd02ffb88a216a5962d8b1f1090d407a2a44ad2808659ccf4",”description”:”[PDF] Nexus Protocol — White Paper Specification Document”,”release”:”https://github.com/Nexusoft/NP-WP/releases/download/1.0.0/Nexus_Protocol_1.0.0.pdf","version":"1.0.0"}}

[1] LEO Satellite Networks: https://leosatsim.github.io/

[2] Nexus Protocol 1.0.0: https://github.com/Nexusoft/NP-WP/releases/download/1.0.0/Nexus_Protocol_1.0.0.pdf

[3] The Network Effects Bible: https://medium.com/@nfx/the-network-effects-bible-c6a06b8ae75b

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This blog features development reports and articles, containing technical information about the TAO Framework, which is a seven-layered software stack that powers a register-based process virtual machine, serving as a powerful DApp and contract platform creating value across many industries. The first of three major architectural upgrades, the Tritium Protocol was released in late 2019 ushering in the era of the TAO Framework (Tritium, Amine, & Obsidian). www.nexus.io

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