Nexus Integration with the LISP Network Architecture

Nexus Integration with the LISP Network Architecture

Nexus is pleased to announce the integration of the LISP (Locator Identity Separation Protocol) network architecture with Nexus Earth which allows the Nexus blockchain to run over a secure open overlay.  LISP was created by Dino Farinacci, in partnership with several Cisco engineers, and is being developed and standardized by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).  Dino founded after being a Cisco Fellow. At Cisco Systems he designed and implemented dozens of protocols: “more than anyone on earth”.

LISP helps the internet scale, and provides secure features for today’s newer applications, by encapsulating a packet with identifiers into a packet with topological locators.  This allows the internet to route packets based on location rather than identifiers, enabling it to scale by holding less routing state.  As the website explains: “We are building state-of-the art, next generation internet architectures and protocols that enable modern-use applications to scale securely and run efficiently”.

The Cisco website notes: “LISP is a network architecture and set of protocols that implements a new semantic for IP addressing.  LISP creates two namespaces and uses two IP addresses: Endpoint Identifiers (EIDs), which are assigned to end-hosts, and Routing Locators (RLOCs), which are assigned to devices (primarily routers) that make up the global routing system.”

Why is this Important

The network keeps growing with the expanding number of users and devices (think wireless phone, computers, wireless earbuds, iPads etc) so we need to have a way to consolidate data in order for the network to handle more traffic from more devices.  Our internet currently runs on IPv4 which can handle 4.3 billion IP addresses, fewer than the number of people in the world. Once you add in multiple devices you can see where the current system needs to scale, and thus IPv6 comes into play.  However the transition to IPv6 started in 1990 and is still not completed.  LISP allows identifiers to be IPv6 addresses while the core does not have to be completely converted to IPv6 so we can address 2^128 nodes (3.4E38 addresses), close to addressing every particle (1.33E50) on earth (off by 10^12).

You can read more about IPv4 and IPv6 here:

LISP also speeds up the user experience, as we currently don’t take the shortest path between communication devices with intermediaries such as ISPs.  LISP provides increased speed & scalability.

Taking the shortest path between devices has additional implications.  Peer to peer, or direct device to device, communication equates to a more secure, decentralized network mitigating delays and connection interruptions.  The devices that attach to the network will have multiple connections and continuously be moving around.  We want applications to keep their connections up during roaming, mitigating latency.

How LISP Works Exactly

With LISP the user receives an EID (end-point ID), which is a static Identity.  Instead of your identity changing each time you move your devices, it stays fixed and encrypted, allowing everything to run more smoothly.  Comparing this to blockchain, your EID basically becomes the “trust key” for your identity.  This EID or address is the same address you would be using today on your devices, but the address can remain assigned to you and is independent of how and where you connect to the network.  An EID can be a “Crypto-EID”, so when a private/public key-pair is allocated to the device, the Crypto-EID is a hash of the public-key.  Therefore, your identity is based on your crypto credentials, much like your Nexus Wallet address.

LISP & Nexus

For the last few months Nexus has been successfully test running two Nexus nodes, Nexus 1 & Nexus 2, that have been assigned EIDs and are using the LISP overlay.

How LISP helps Nexus

Just a single feature of LISP benefits Nexus, but there are many.  LISP allows Nexus to have all of its data packets encrypted when traveling over the network.  With LISP providing a direct route for information to travel there are no eavesdroppers in the middle of information transfer, providing privacy of transactions.  Did you know that disclosing your physical location is a privacy issue?  LISP is essentially bringing HTTPS (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure) level security to Nexus.

Another way that LISP enhances Nexus is by running the blockchain over IPv6 even if the whole internet is not running on it.  Nexus runs on an IPv6 overlay where LISP will allow it to connect to the IPv4 underlay.

Nexus & LISP at the Internet Engineering Task Force 101

Colin Cantrell, Chief Architect and founder of Nexus will be speaking with Dino Farinacci on Monday March 19th at The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) 101 in London on LISP and the future of blockchain technology.

For more tech detail, please visit this draft published to IETF by Colin Cantrell & Dino Farinacci:

Nexus Earth Partners with SingularityNET to Integrate Artificial Intelligence with the World’s Most Advanced & Secure Blockchain Technology

Nexus Earth Partners with SingularityNET to Integrate Artificial Intelligence with the World’s Most Advanced & Secure Blockchain Technology

PHOENIX, Feb. 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Nexus (NXS), announced a partnership with SingularityNET (AGI), to explore the combination of both technologies. SingularityNET is looking to expand horizons creating a decentralized AI network based on blockchain. This new partnership could result in the most secure, scalable and censorship-resistant blockchain AI infrastructure in existence.

Nexus and SingularityNET share an aligned mission of creating the safest and most advanced technology. In discussing the future of secure, decentralized AI, SingularityNET Chairman David Hanson commented, “It will become the single most valuable technology in all of history. This is the chance for us to change the world together.” SingularityNET will also be exploring the use of Nexus’ satellite-based alternative internet protocol. The integration with Nexus would strengthen its mission of creating a censorship-resistant AI network, democratizing access in a manner no other project could achieve.

Benefits/implications of the partnership
For Nexus, the partnership presents a valuable use-case for deploying its 3D Chain architecture and exploring AI applications on layers 1 and 2 of its network. Both of these groundbreaking advancements in blockchain technology will become available in 2018.

Founder and Chief Architect of Nexus Colin Cantrell explains, “Nexus wants to resist the centralization of AI and believes partnering with SingularityNET can contribute to AI safety.” In a truly decentralized AI network, having rules contracted into AI decision making helps assure it will be used for good. Cantrell continues, “Nexus and SingularityNET are exploring new systems together in order to create a reliable means of self-regulating trust and reputation in a trustless system. This can make AI’s safer and more resilient when some of their decisions have to be routed through an immutable contract, ‘such as protect this human.'”

For SingularityNET, the partnership creates scalability, accessibility and security for its AI network. This creates safer, more advanced AI in a way the world has never seen. The partnership helps propel both companies forward in realizing their mutual aim of distributing powerful technologies. Nexus and SingularityNET both share the same mission – to create the safest and most advanced technology in the world.

About Nexus
Nexus is an innovative open source blockchain technology, designed to improve the world through advanced peer-to-peer networks and digital currency. With the world’s first 3D Chain, Nexus solves the current challenges of speed and scalability in the cryptocurrency industry. Nexus is one of the most secure blockchains and provides world class quantum security through its many innovations. Partnering with Vector’s Galactic Sky, the future of Nexus combines satellites, ground based mesh networks, and blockchain technology to facilitate the formation of a decentralized internet.  Nexus will be the first digital currency in space using this network. Nexus empowers people to take control of their financial freedom empowering humanity in the process.  For more information and to find your purpose, visit or watch our informational video.

About SingularityNET
SingularityNET is the first and only platform that allows AIs to cooperate and coordinate at scale. This removes one of the major limiting factors to AI growth today, the lack of interoperability, which severely restricts the ability to leverage the strengths and capabilities of individual AIs. With SingularityNET, companies, organizations, and individuals can empower their AI agents to participate in markets, buying and selling goods and services. No longer must AIs exist in silos, only capable of operating within a specific company, infrastructure, or industry. To learn more about SingularityNET visit:

Vector and Nexus Team Up to Bring Cryptocurrency to Space

Vector and Nexus Team Up to Bring Cryptocurrency to Space

Vector, a nanosatellite launch company comprised of new-space and enterprise software industry veterans from SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, McDonnell Douglas, Boeing, Sea Launch and VMware, today announced a partnership with Nexus to host its decentralized cryptocurrency in space using Vector’s GalacticSky Software-Defined Satellite platform. Nexus will be the first company to deploy a cryptocurrency on a satellite orbiting the earth. This partnership between Vector and Nexus highlights the unique use cases for GalacticSky’s technology and further proves the versatility of the platform. Additionally, the partnership allows future Vector customers to pay for launches using Nexus’ cryptocurrency, NXS.

“With Bitcoin’s valuation at an all-time high, people are beginning to accept cryptocurrency as a real form of payment, but there are still problems with storage and ownership,” said Colin Cantrell, founder and lead core developer of Nexus. “The capabilities provided by the GalacticSky platform, combined with the flexibility of Vector’s launch model, bring us one step closer to accomplishing our mission of providing the world with a decentralized currency that can be accessed virtually anywhere, anytime.”

By hosting NXS in space via GalacticSky, Nexus is no longer tied to a nation-state and can create the backbone for a more decentralized financial ecosystem. By utilizing a satellite virtualization platform through GalacticSky, Nexus can distribute its blockchain across multiple satellites, providing it enhanced reliability and performance. Nexus’ secure cryptocurrency and decentralized peer-to-peer network will grant greater freedom and transactional transparency for global access to financial services.

By hosting Nexus’ cryptocurrency on Vector’s software-defined satellite, Nexus can further demonstrate the wide range of disruptive innovations that can be hosted on the GalacticSky platform. GalacticSky’s mission is to provide unprecedented accessibility to entrepreneurs and space innovators, and the platform’s additional level of reliability and scalability makes it a natural fit for cryptocurrency applications. Vector’s first deployment of NXS is expected to take place in 2019.

“Over the last year, we’ve made many advancements in order to solidify our standing as a leading nanosatellite launch company,” said Jim Cantrell, CEO and co-founder of Vector. “Housing Nexus’ cryptocurrency on our GalacticSky platform not only validates our proof of concept, but demonstrates how prolific this opportunity is for startups looking to innovate in space without the need to build their own satellite.”

Since its inception in 2016, Vector has aimed to revolutionize the commercial space industry by increasing accessibility for entrepreneurs and space innovators. This partnership with Nexus is the second announcement from Vector’s GalacticSky division. Earlier this year, GalacticSky and Citrix partnered to bring advanced datacenter and cloud virtualization technology into space for the first time. Vector also recently announced the opening of its Silicon Valley headquarters, led by Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Shaun Coleman, to further the development of the GalacticSky division.

Vector also announced a partnership Astro Digital to conduct a dedicated launch in 2018 featuring one of Astro Digital’s satellites. Vector has begun production of the first orbital vehicle, and will break ground on a brand-new launch vehicle manufacturing facility in Pima County, Ariz. next year to ramp-up production.

About Vector

Founded by the original founding team of SpaceX, Vector is a disruptive company that connects space startups and innovators with dedicated, affordable and reliable launch services, enabling platforms and vehicles to access space efficiently and in a more optimized way than ever before possible. For more information, visit

About Nexus

Nexus is an innovative open source blockchain technology, designed to better the world through advanced peer to peer networks and digital currency. With the world’s first 3D Chain Nexus solves the current challenges of speed and scalability in the cryptocurrency industry. Nexus is one of the most secure blockchains in existence and provides world-class quantum security by using larger and more elaborate hashes together in a Merkle Tree to create unalterable locked transactions. The future of Nexus combines satellites, ground-based mesh networks, and blockchain technology to facilitate the formation of a decentralized internet.


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