How Archethic Blockchain's Algorithm Enables Fast Interactions Between Nodes Across the Globe! by@archethic
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How Archethic Blockchain's Algorithm Enables Fast Interactions Between Nodes Across the Globe!

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The internet is moving from a centralized network towards a decentralized network. This “Decentralized Web” should have nodes or servers that are distributed across the globe, instead of all the nodes being in the cloud or in one country. Due to geo-political risks and natural disaster risks, the best for any. decentralized network is to have nodes across the. globe with a very high data availability so that no external threat can compromise the network! The algorithm was inspired by the distribution of stars in the galaxy. Astrophysicists and Researchers have studied in a very profound way the distribution. of stars and have deduced a mechanism to calculate the exact 3-dimensional position of a star by just using the distance between stars and center of.

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The internet is moving from a centralized network towards a decentralized network, the reason being “The Decentralized Web will enable users and creators to interact and exchange value directly in a peer-to-peer fashion, removing the role of centralized platforms as middlemen that extract value from these interactions."

This “Decentralized Web” should have nodes or servers that are distributed across the globe, instead of all the nodes being in the cloud or in one country. Due to geo-political risks and natural disaster risks, the best for any decentralized network is to have nodes across the globe with a very high data availability so that no external threat can compromise the network!

Due to the globality of the nodes, the time taken for interactions between nodes should be minimal, and the energy consumed (across the globe) due to these interactions should be minimal as well. Below we provide a brief description of the mathematical algorithm developed by the Archethic blockchain team inspired by the distribution of stars in the galaxy. Astrophysicists and Researchers have studied in a very profound way the distribution of stars in the galaxy and have deduced a mechanism to calculate the exact 3-dimensional position of a star by just using the distance between stars and center of mass of the stars. Archethic adopts a similar mechanism to calculate the node positions by just having the latency between nodes and the center of mass of the nodes in the P2P network!

The Algorithm:

Step 1: Retrieving the Latencies from Beacons ChainsFrom the Beacons Chains, every node in the P2P network will have the Latencies Matrix (dij) of shape (n×n)

(latency between two nodes is the minimum time taken to respond when a transaction is sent from one node to another).

Where,

  • n is the number of nodes in the network.
  • [N1, N2, N3.... ] are nodes in the network.
  • Latency between nodes i and j is represented by dij where 1<= i <=n, 1<= j <=n.
  • dii = 0 (there is no latency between the node i (Ni) and itself)

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For Example d23 = Latency between node N2 and N3.

Step 2: Calculation of Distance of a Node from Center of Mass.

  • In physics, the center of mass 'c' of a distribution of mass in space is the unique point where the weighted relative position of the distributed mass sums to zero. In this case, the sum of vectors (Vjc) to all nodes from the center of mass is zero.

    (Note: Let all nodes be of unit mass)

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Hence,

Equation from Center of Mass

Equation from Center of Mass

  • The traditional 'Law of Cosines' is used to calculate the distance between any two points, but here we are interested in calculating the distance between node and center of mass. To do this, the equation from 'Law of Cosines' and 'The Center of Mass' has to be combined, as shown below.

    Distance between Unit distance and Center of Mass (c)

    Distance between Unit distance and Center of Mass (c)

    Hence, the distance between a node and center of mass is given by,


Distance between a Node (i) and Center of Mass (c)

Distance between a Node (i) and Center of Mass (c)

Step 3: Calculation of Gram Matrix (G)

Derived from the Law of Cosines, Gram Matrix or 'G' or 'gij' is the dot product of the two vectors from the center of mass 'c' to points i and j respectively. G is calculated from the Latencies Matrix (dij) and Center of Mass (dic).

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Step 4: Plotting the Nodes from Gram Matrix

  • Factorizing the Gram Matrix G using any factorization methods like Singular Value Decomposition, the Eigen Values [λ1,λ2,λ3,......λn] and their corresponding Eigen Vectors [E1, E2......En] can be obtained.
  • The first 2 Eigen Values and Eigen Vectors yields the 2D plot for nodes.                                       [Xn,Y n] = [√λ1∗E1,√λ2∗E2].
  • The nodes are then plotted in 2D plane with all the points obtained from [Xn,Yn]

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Step 5: Assigning Network Coordinates to plotted Nodes

  • The 2D plotted nodes are then drawn in a rectangle whose boundaries are maximum +X, +Y, minimum -X,-Y  (from [Xn, Yn]).

  • Then the rectangle is divided into 15 Big Patches (in red) and each Big Patch is in turn divided into 16 small patches (in green).

  • The Network Coordinates of a node are represented by 3 digits. For example, the Network Coordinates of Node 1 are 1BD, '1' represents the Big Patch, 'B' represents the Small Patch and 'D' represents the throughput. The representation of the throughput of a node can vary between 0 to F

    (Throughput Data is obtained from the Beacons Chains just like Latency)

Network Coordinates of N1, N2 & N3

Network Coordinates of N1, N2 & N3

Position of Nodes and Interaction between Nodes

Once the position of nodes (network coordinates) is determined taking into account only the latency, the network will also take into account the geo-coordinates of the nodes (obtained through IP) in the form of geolocation patches (as shown below) and divide the nodes in patches so that any data in the blockchain is geo-locally well replicated.

The network then knows the best nodes to replicate the data so that the data is geo-locally well spread to achieve the highest data availability.

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To Conclude:

This mathematical algorithm will enable the fastest interactions between nodes in a decentralized P2P network with the minimal time taken and least energy consumed for data to travel across the globe and yet maintain the highest data availability and also be able to counter or sustain any geo-political risk or natural calamity risk.

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