August was another busy month at Nexus as the team executed its final preparations for the 2018 Nexus Conference and focused heavily on building out the code. The conference agenda is available (check it out here), with a rich lineup including a blockchain 101 seminar, inspirational speakers and panels, and the first ever Nexus working groups.
We want to invite everyone from the community to join us in Scottsdale on Friday, September 21st for these collaborative sessions to help in designing and building the Tritium Software Stack as well as a new model for a Decentralized Autonomous Community (DAC). We very much look forward to this annual opportunity to gather face to face with the community members who have been so integral in building Nexus. The conference always brings forth exciting opportunities and individuals that shape the code and the project. Don’t miss this final week to get tickets for the conference and make sure to tell your friends!
The Nexus wallet beta is off to a successful start. The team has solicited great insights and has released a sneak peak of the wallet overview page. Follow the wallet testing in our Nexus Slack or through our many social media channels. Dino Farinacci, founder of Lispers.net and advisory committee member, has been helping with the development of Tritium. He will be presenting at the conference and will share an exciting update with us this month.
We look forward to seeing everyone at the conference for more community interaction, business use cases and code development. If you can’t join us, make sure to follow us on twitterfor real time updates.
Nexus Wallet Development Update:
“My first impression is that every other wallet I use now looks archaic” – @breadsax
Sneak peak of the Nexus Wallet overview page
The Nexus wallet Beta 1.0 began on August 31st. Read all about the progress and impressions from the community here:
Colin Cantrell, founder and chief architect, revealed a number of interesting updates on the team’s development of Tritium, including a stress test of the LLP/LLD capacity to scale up to 144,485 requests per second, which is well within the requirements for VISA scale ability (20k/second peak).
I am currently working on packaging the tritium software. So the wallet, nexus daemon, and LISP can all come up in a docker container. By using docker containers, the code always runs on debian linux regardless if your hardware platform is running Windows, MacOS, Android, or Linux. The packaging allows for IPv4 and IPv6 EIDs to be provisioned dynamically so nexus peers can be discovered by seed nodes without any human intervention.
I am also testing each git commit that Colin is creating to test new functionality he has written over LISP. I am making the docker container environment easy for users to manage nexus and LISP by providing handy command line aliases. Additionally, I’m starting to write an application that tests all paths on the underlay to RLOCs.
The Story of Nexus: Conference Preparation
In preparation for the 2018 Nexus Conference Anastasiya Maslova, Wendy Katz, and Pete Keay put together a series of articles that tell the story of three aspects integral to the growth of Nexus. These also lead up to developments that will be presented at the conference. Read the first two articles here (keep your eyes peeled for the third), and join us to see how they unfold at the conference by getting your tickets today: www.TheNexusConference.com.
An Unexpected Scalability Solution: LISP and Nexus
Serendipitous meetings can lead to monumental advancements in tech on any given day. Meet Dino Farinacci, founder of lispers.net & former Fellow at Cisco Systems whose chance meeting on a train is bringing the first ever network scalability to the Nexus blockchain.
Learn, Develop, and Build with the Nexus Community at This Month’s Conference:
Pete Keay introduces us to the first of their kind Nexus Working Groups that are poised to revolutionize the internet’s standardization model. Join us at the Nexus Conference to design and build the elements of the Nexus Software Stack and Decentralized Autonomous Community.
Nexus Earth partnered with BitSpace to advance blockchain technology in space utilizing BitSpace’s international network of communities and companies combined with the Nexus blockchain. Read about it here:
Krishna Doodi has 15+ years of experience in the IT industry. He started with C++ coding for a direct banking product at USAA and then went on to build a payment gateway at TSYS which handles billions of transactions. One third of credit card transactions go through this payment gateway. He later joined American Express as the Lead Technical Architect and improved their response times above 60%. Krishna made major contributions at American Express working with Apple Pay’s Amazon integration. After that Krishna joined Intelas Data Scientist working on IoT and big data initiatives as well as machine learning. In 2016 he ventured into startups and started working on blockchain and other successful web based startups including RVnGO.com and CarRentalWholesale.com.Beyond his love of coding, in his spare time Krishna enjoys playing chess.
This promo video by MrProbz highlights why Nexus is the future of Blockchain:
Join our community Slack and get your meme game on for Jabar’s meme contest! The community will vote on its three favorite memes on September 16th. Prizes are: 1st Place: 200 NXS 2nd Place: 100 NXS 3rd Prize: 50 NXS
Nexus in the Media
A Brief History of Nexus:
Ever wonder how Nexus was born? Here’s a little history lesson as we get closer to unveiling our new technology:
It’s been a busy month as we’ve been preparing for launches both near and far. As we reflect on our vision and evolution it’s important to revisit our values. We have a renewed focus on getting back to our roots: decentralization, connection, and code. In order to embrace these roots, we are focusing in and reformatting the 2018 Nexus Conference with an emphasis on education, networking, code, and connection. This revised conference strategy will ensure that the conference is highly productive in advancing our code and subsequent use cases.
Our collective travels over the month have engaged our community in London, identified new potential partners in Europe, solicited insights from the IETF, and furthered our existing partnership with SingularityNET. The core of Nexus is connecting with humanity and we look forward to sharing some of these connections and partnerships in the near future. Please join us at our 2018 Nexus Conference!
Nexus Wallet Development Update
The new Nexus Wallet is officially in alpha! Join us for the journey as we get closer to the big reveal:
The NXS1 cube satellite (cubesat) is progressing well towards its March 2019 goal launch date. Vector’s launch date has changed from October 2018 to March 2019. All of the satellite components have been procured and assembled as a flight engineering model, pictured below. The engineering model of the satellite is now undergoing integration, verification, and validation testing to verify that the components are all operating up to specifications. Once the integration testing is complete the flight model of the satellite will be assembled and placed in a vacuum chamber for further testing to simulate the space environment. Upon completion of testing the satellite will be packaged and transported to the United States from the manufacturer’s (Space Inventor) facility in Denmark .
Nexus has completed the process of identifying all of the components for the building of a ground station to communicate with the satellite once it is in its operational orbit. Approval for the funding of the ground station is currently underway. The ground station will become a key component for the operations and maintenance of the NXS1 as well as the NXS2 satellites.
The satellite components in assembly
Nexus: Coming Back to Our Roots
“The spirit of Nexus is freedom, love, and self expression” – Colin Cantrell
Decentralization and connection: the two evolutionary pillars that have sprung up from the blockchain revolution.
They represent the free flow of energy through consciousness: the transfer of information between humans, a transfer of data between machines, the relation of events, and the movements of Nature. Everything in the Universe is interconnected. We strive to find acceptance and to be a part of the flow, to feel at home wherever we go, to get the things that nurture our mind, body, and soul.
This is the direction humanity is moving in and it is clearly seen within the emerging blockchain and cryptocurrency industry. Originally created by a group of pioneers, the technology was built and given to humanity to grow and develop. We believe in the vision of people coming together with their individual skills and talents to collaborate and be a part of something bigger than themselves.
The Nexus community is at the forefront of this movement. Full of passion, curiosity and a keen sense of justice, we are constantly searching for better ways to connect. Yet no journey is without its challenges and lately we have struggled to connect while staying decentralized. Building new systems and structures requires experimentation, drive and collaboration, but it is easy to default to hierarchies and give away our power because that is what humanity has been taught to accept for centuries. That is not the way any longer!
We are free and we are powerful. We all see a variation of a new world where no one is boxed into systems that take away our voice or tell us that our creative spirit is not aligned with some corporate agenda. Self-expression and spontaneous self-organization is at the core of the Nexus philosophy and that is the way forward.
In that spirit, The US Nexus Embassy will be going through a lot of changes in the next few months and focusing on becoming community-centric once again; the root of the blockchain decentralization movement. We are also restarting up our Nexus bounty program. For all those who want to be involved and come up with creative projects, please join our communities on Telegram and Slack. All writers, artists, developers, meme masters, and translators are welcome!
As we collect ideas and suggestions, this incentive program will continue to evolve.
In the interest of realigning with our core values, getting back to our code development and community roots, Nexus is evolving the 2018 Nexus Conference to support our overall refocus efforts. We are focusing in on accommodating 300 attendees for a more intimate networking and educational event with increased focus on new code demonstrations including LISP integration and advanced contracting. We will continue to feature many of our amazing speakers sharing insights into the future of technology, with an increased focus on releasing the current state of our code, and progress to create a distributed internet in space. With less overhead and more focus, we can introduce new concepts to help build out those core values: enter Nexus working groups.
An Introduction to Nexus Working groups:
Individuals are invited to come together in Scottsdale to collaborate in the development of the Nexus stack via Nexus working groups. Once the working groups meet in person they will continue their communication and build-out through online interaction. Nexus working groups will be modeled after those of the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force). Those that participate will have the opportunity to build out the model for how the working groups will operate. The future vision of working groups at Nexus is to have them align and build on a range of topics. If you would like to collaborate in building out the Nexus stack via working groups, or learn more about them, please join us at the 2018 Nexus Conference! Working groups will take place on Friday, September 21st. For more information on Nexus groups you can also join our telegram channel
Colin, Brian, and Dino at IETF Montreal
Colin Cantrell, Brian Smith, and Dino Farinacci (Lispers.net) attended the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) in Montreal, Canada, in mid July. The IETF meets three times per year, bringing together pioneers of the internet to develop protocols. Dino has been attending IETF for many years, while this was Colin’s second visit and Brian’s first. Hot topics at the meeting included how to scale blockchain, how the IETF could help crypto-currency designers, and how overlays can help distributed ledgers.
Brian and Dino attended the Sunday night tutorial on ILNP (an alternate way to do locator/ID separation for LISP), and found it useful to compare the pros and cons between ILNP and LISP. Both Colin and Dino presented at the LISP Working Group. Dino presented the ‘draft-farinacci-lisp-telemetry’ draft that Tritium will use to get more underlay measurements of the network when selecting peers. Additionally, he presented an update to ‘draft-farinacci-lisp-ecdsa-auth’ which is being used in IoT environments. Colin gave an update on ‘draft-farinacci-lisp-decent’ (a design for a decentralized mapping system) and shared some new ideas about how a pull-based mapping system could be used by doing algorithmic mapping from an EID (end-point ID) being registered/requested to the map-servers that will be used to shard the database. Additionally, Colin presented high-level ideas on how the DLT can use LISP crypto-EIDs as well as how LISP could use the DLT to validate mappings and store EID allocations. Good feedback was received on the presentations including lots of questions. Updates to all specs presented will follow and action items were put in place to present at the fall IETF in Bangkok.
Colin and Alex visit SingularityNET in Hong Kong
Colin, Alex, and Jules met with Ben Georterzel of SingularityNET to thoroughly explain the scalable technology of LISP and the 3DC. The developers of SingularityNET and Nexus will first collaborate on the research and development of reputation systems, which are imperative to the security of the Nexus Earth network and to the future decentralized marketplace for Artificial Intelligence. Nexus also envisions that different reputation systems could be built to suit the requirements of specific community and commercial applications, to serve resource sharing ventures that require data to be verified by an immutable consensus mechanism. The teams discussed many topics, including how AI could be employed as agents to detect abnormal behavior of nodes on the Nexus network, i.e. the creation of numerous signature chains for the purpose of making an attack.
Team Hire: Front-End Software Engineer
Demorio (Demo) Fluker joined the Nexus development team in July. He has always been fascinated with the inner workings and compositions of things. He started with PC building and quickly escalated to building applications and websites. With the decision to finally turn that fascination into a career, he attended Woz U, graduating in 2018 as a certified web developer. Demo aims to bring his creativity, talent, and positive energy to Nexus as a front-end software engineer. In his spare time, Demo enjoys producing instrumentals and songs in his home studio.
Nexus Prime GPU Miner (v1.0) Released
One of the most fascinating things about the Nexus blockchain is that it incorporates three different channels to validate data: a proof-of-stake, a hashing proof-of-work, and a prime proof-of-work channel. For over a year, our community has tried to solve a dilemma with the prime channel: our previous miners were too inefficient to compete with a monopolizing force. Now, thanks to Jack McGowen (@Blackjack) and Nexus Lover’s (@nobody) guidance, we have taken a crucial step in decentralizing the prime channel.
At the beginning of July, Colin, Alex, Scott, Brian, and Ajay met with some of the European Nexus community in London, organized by Jules (@jules). Many Polish members of the Nexus Community joined in, among others. The team then spent a week meeting with businesses in London working on new development opportunities and use cases, which will be announced in the near future.
Nexus in the Media
Colin and Colin on Decentralized Podcast from Sydney:
Thanks to our community for continuing to evolve and challenge Nexus to be its best so that we can have the biggest positive impact, via this technology, possible. We look forward to getting back to our roots with all of you and refocusing our mission.
Lastly, we are very much looking forward to seeing you in Scottsdale next month at The Nexus Conference. This valuable exchange will provide many opportunities to expand our horizons and to personally interact to build the future together. See you there!
June was an exciting month for the Nexus Embassy as we continue our mission to advance our distributed ledger technology with coding improvements, while forging a new partnership and expanding our Advisory Committee. We also continued to upgrade and further strengthen the Nexus network’s immune system through a series of wallet updates. In addition, we thoroughly enjoyed another informative and collaborative visit with Dino Farinacci who is assisting The Nexus Embassy in furthering the core code.
The Nexus Embassy announced the appointment of its second Advisory Committee member, Randall Kaplan, an experienced entrepreneur, venture capitalist and philanthropist, and announced a partnership with Foleum, a revolutionary green mining company.
Out of hundreds of entries Nexus was recognized as a runner-up at the 2018 Blocks Best Cryptocurrency Blockchain Awards. This award was based on outstanding strategy, application, and effectiveness of our technology.
Our core team had a busy month traveling to support our overall educational mission. On June 12th, Ajay Ahuja (CEO, The Nexus Embassy) and Scott Bischoff (VP of Marketing, The Nexus Embassy), participated in a panel discussion entitled, “Blockchain Applications for Pharma” in Boston, MA. On June 21st Colin Cantrell (Founder and Chief Architect, The Nexus Embassy) participated in the “Decrypting the Blockchain: Separating Fact from Fiction” panel at the Libertarian National Convention. Anastasiya Maslova (Community Coordinator, The Nexus Embassy) attended The Crypto Sh*t Show event in Denver on June 27th to present the Tritium architecture outlined in the Tritium White Paper. All of these educational initiatives provided great opportunities to network while helping to increase awareness of Nexus.
Lastly, please join us at the Second Annual Nexus Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona from September 19th – 22nd. Discounted Tickets are now available for purchase for a limited time at www.TheNexusConference.com. We can’t wait to see you all there.
We are Nexus!
Development update from core developer Brian Smith:
With the release of the Tritium White Paper we attracted a larger portion of the cryptocurrency market to our Community and blockchain. With the light being shed on us also came some challenges as the Nexus network was tested through a series of very complex attacks, forcing Colin Cantrell, Nick Earl, and Brian Smith to focus on the Legacy code. Our most recent release of the 2.4.6 Nexus wallet is a stabilized version, but we will be releasing more updates as we finish developing them. The development team have been testing the different features of Tritium off-chain, but not on a test network as the new protocol is vastly different from the legacy Nexus blockchain. We are testing them independently to capture the test data in a reasonable timeframe. Our Interface development team has been working through some of our wallet alpha tests and preparing for a closed beta deployment. Additionally, Bryan Hallmark and I had the opportunity to develop the interface for the Nexus Conference website. We hope everyone visits the site and we can’t wait to see you to discuss all of the Nexus development at the forthcoming 2018 Nexus Conference in Scottsdale.
The Nexus Embassy Appoints Advisory Committee Member Randall Kaplan
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., June 25, 2018 – The Nexus Embassy is delighted to announce the appointment of its second Advisory Committee member, Randall Kaplan, an experienced entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and philanthropist who holds esteemed positions as a co-founder of Akamai Technologies, Founder and CEO of JUMP Investors, Founder and CEO of Sandee, and CEO of CollarCard. Randall has over 20 years of experience in the technology industry, has been an advisor to more than 50 companies, and has invested in more than 60 early-to-late stage technology companies including Google and Seagate.
Randall graduated from the University of Michigan in 1990 with Highest Distinction where he was a seven-term Angell Scholar and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa during his junior year. Randall also graduated with honors from Northwestern University School of Law, and in 2006 he received the school’s first Distinguished Entrepreneur Award. Randall served on the Dean’s Advisory Committee at the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at Michigan for 18 years, and he has served on the Northwestern Law Board for the last 19 years.
As a valued Advisory Committee member, Randall will leverage his expertise to advise Nexus in strategic marketing, business development, legal guidance, and philanthropic endeavors. Nexus’ blockchain technology continues to draw the attention of influential thought leaders across a variety of industries. The addition of Randall Kaplan not only validates the potential of our technology, it allows Nexus to further our humanitarian mission throughout the world.
Randall is also an active philanthropist. He is the founder of The Justice Ball, a leading and popular charity concert in Los Angeles that has attracted more than 60,000 attendees and has raised more than $6.5 million over the last 21 years. He is also the co-founder of The Imagine Ball, a four-year old event that has raised more than $1 million to fight homelessness in Los Angeles. Randall also established the Julia Eder Dean’s Scholarship at the University of Michigan in honor of his grandmother for a student raised in foster care, and he also established the Randall Kaplan Dean’s Scholarship for underprivileged students who are interested in future business careers.
“Randall’s commitment to philanthropy is very much aligned with the broader mission of The Nexus Embassy,” said Ajay Ahuja, chief executive. “Furthermore, his keen eye for technological innovation, as evidenced by co-founding Akamai and making early investments in Google and other leading technology companies, makes his willingness to join the Nexus team a strong endorsement.”
“I’m incredibly excited to work with Colin, Ajay and the impressive Nexus team,” said Randall. “I love their commitment to philanthropy and their mission to use their non-profit to empower people.”
Nexus Partners with Foleum: Highlights of the Partnership
On June 15th, Nexus announced a partnership with Foleum, an inventive blockchain mining project designed to generate the majority of its own power using green hybrid technologies. The organizations share a mutual goal of reducing the environmental footprint of mining.
Following the announcement, Scott Bischoff visited the Nexus Slack channel to share further insights on the mutual benefits of the partnership. They include:
Benefits to Nexus:
Reinforces our commitment to creating a better world – supports green initiatives
Enhances exposure and marketing opportunity
Additional PR distribution
Brings attention to our non-profit mission and reinforces good will
Benchmarking of mining energy consumption vs. other coins
Benchmarking NXS mining energy consumption over time as we release updates
Allows us to reduce our energy footprint with real time analysis
Should help us optimize our long-term energy efficiency
Foleum supports additional NXS mining and will consult us in this space
Benefits to Foleum:
Reinforces their commitment to creating a better world
Exposure and marketing opportunity
Additional PR and marketing distribution via Nexus
Appeals to NXS miners and can increase their reach
Presence at our 2018 conference in Phoenix
Colin Cantrell also weighed in on the conversation providing further details on the opportunity:
“[Foleum is] pursuing alternative energy solutions to provide power for mining and to give some of that power back to the community to support local agriculture and power grids. As you know, alternative energy, such as hydrogen technology, is one of the facets we have been involved in for many years, so naturally it is aligned in providing services for the community and helping the world. They will be mining Nexus and helping secure the network with alternative energy system (which I think is great), and we are providing exposure of what they are doing – so it’s definitely a win-win all around.”
Nexus looks forward to growing the partnership and more details will be communicated as we further develop our working relationships.
The Nexus Embassy launched the website for the Second Annual Nexus Conference, www.TheNexusConference.com in early July. Tickets are now on sale for the premier blockchain event for business innovation, taking place September 19th – 22nd in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The event will feature a ‘Blockchain 101’ half-day course on September 19th with professor Dr. Dan Conway from the University of South Florida followed by two days of panels, speakers and interactive sessions on September 20th and 21st. Keynote speakers for the event include Nicholas Thompson (Editor in Chief of WIRED magazine); Michael Casey (Senior Advisor, MIT Digital Currency Initiative and Author:The Truth Machine and Chairman of the CoinDesk Advisory Board); Truman Boyes (SVP of Infrastructure at Major League Baseball); Jeff Garzik (Co-Founder of Bloq & Space Chain and Bitcoin Core Developer); and Jim Cantrell, (Co-Founder and CEO of Vector).
The Nexus Conference will focus on use cases for Nexus and other blockchains across many industries including technology, aerospace, healthcare, artificial intelligence, music, finance, supply chain, IoT, humanitarian efforts, and more. This revolutionary event brings thought leaders together to connect on the current landscape and future of blockchain technology.
The Nexus Conference 2018. Join us to build the future together!
Early Bird tickets Available for a Limited Time only.
Dino Farinacci visits The Nexus HQ & Introduces Docker Container Test
Dino and Colin hard at work at the Nexus HQ
In late June, Dino Farinacci made his monthly visit to The Nexus Embassy office in Scottsdale, Arizona. One of the highlights of the visit included Dino introducing the team to a simulation coordinated between him and Colin Cantrell to run 25 docker containers running the Nexus Daemon as 25 nodes over a LISP overlay. This exercise allowed the team to see an n-squared unicast ping test as well as having a subset of nodes joined to different multicast groups and running a ping test to the groups. This process verifies IP packet connectivity among all the Nexus nodes. The next step is to run multicast on the underlay which will be the next month’s goal. Seeing the simulation was exciting for the Nexus team.
At the conclusion of Dino’s visit, he put together this list of highlights of what the team accomplished while he was here:
We planned for how to package lispers.net and Tritium
We talked about a couple of variants to a decentralized mapping system (LISP-Decent).
We are talking about when to design and introduce a reliable multicast transport protocol
Planning on when we can run Tritium on the container-set
Talked with Brian on how to run nexus-qt on the container-set
How to provide LISP telemetry data from the underlay to the nexus daemon. I published an Internet Draft last week where Colin was involved in reviewing it. Google draft-farinacci-lisp-telemetry-00.txt
Nexus wins Runner-Up by The Blocks Awards at The Blockchain Expo
Nexus was awarded Runner-Up by ‘The Blocks Awards’ in Amsterdam on June 27th in the category ‘Best Cryptocurrency of 2018, Pioneers in Blockchain’. The inaugural awards recognised excellence in blockchain technologies” and brought together experts and influencers to celebrate leaders in the industry.
The Blocks are designed to recognise outstanding strategy, application, and effectiveness of blockchain technologies. Other categories at the awards included Best Blockchain Technology Developer and Most Innovative Use of Blockchain across specific industries. Alex El-Nemer was present at the awards to accept the runner-up placement. The Nexus Embassy wishes to congratulate Waves Platform for winning this category.
You can see the winners in all of the other categories here:
Anastasiya Maslova Presents Tritium at The Crypto Sh*t Show
Anastasiya attended an exclusive cryptocurrency, blockchain, and security event in Denver on July 27th to present the Tritium architecture outlined in the Tritium White Paper. Her presentation included a breakdown of the seven layers of the OSI Network Stack, the Nexus Tritium Software Stack, and the benefits this new technology will bring to developers, businesses, and individuals. The attendees at the event asked a lot of good questions about the architecture and functionality of Tritium and were impressed with the capabilities of this revolutionary technology.
While at this unique event, Anastasiya also had the opportunity to network with other thought leaders in the industry and to help continue the Nexus Embassy’s mission of educating the world about Nexus. Other topics covered at the event included open-sourcing medical devices, PCB hardware printing, threat modeling the blockchain, and hacking digital currencies.
The Tritium White Paper: Nexus’s blueprint for the future
Anastasiya and some of the attendees at the Crypto Sh*t Show
The Tritium architecture was also featured in “An Easy Intro to the Nexus Tritium Protocol” article by the Sekigahara Research Group. They focused on how the Nexus scalability solution will lead to mass adoption.
Colin Cantrell Speaks at the Libertarian National Convention
On July 21st Colin Cantrell participated in the ‘Decrypting the Blockchain: Separating Fact from Fiction’ panel at the Libertarian National Convention. Others on the panel included Jeffrey Tucker, Gill Hildebrand, Edward Trosclair, and Naomi Brockwell and the event was moderated by Dr. Howard Wetsman and Dave Guilford. The discussions ranged from crypto economics to the need for a decentralized internet and the panel was well rounded with participants across different specialties within the blockchain and cryptocurrency space.
Ajay Ahuja and Scott Bischoff Speak at the Healthcare Blockchain Summit
On June 12th Ajay Ahuja and Scott Bischoff participated in a panel discussion titled, “Blockchain Applications for Pharma in Boston, MA. This well attended conference presented a great opportunity to learn from and network with thought leaders from Harvard, Yale and MIT among others. Topics discussed included:
Where is blockchain being integrated into the Pharmaceutical / Biotech industries?
What are the key advantages in leveraging blockchain and smart contracts for biopharmas? What are the advantages of linear vs. multidimensional blockchain?
What are the current barriers to entry themes for biopharmas? How are companies navigating those challenges?
What security challenges are Pharma & Biotech companies facing as it relates to patient, safety, clinical, and operational data?
From an execution standpoint – Are companies taking an enterprise-driven or issues-driven approach to integrating blockchain into their organizations?
Where have the panelists seen the most success both in short and long term?
Are organizations relying on a ground-up development strategy or ‘turnkey’?
June was another active and productive month for The Nexus Embassy, building the future of blockchain technology. Thanks to our Community for continuing to aid in that process by educating the world about Nexus. We can’t wait to see everyone face-to-face in September for the second annual Nexus Conference in the spirit of collaboration and positive impact on the world.
May was one of the most exciting months in the history of Nexus with the release of the Tritium White Paper. Tritium is the first of the TAO update series (Tritium, Amine, Obsidian) and represents a giant leap forward in blockchain technology. Nexus is pioneering unique solutions in order to solve the industry’s most pressing challenges while maintaining the principle of a distributed landscape, hence the term Distributed Ledger Technology.
Through the creation of an innovative software stack, we are tackling the challenges of speed, scalability, ease of integration, and intuitive user experience. Tritium incorporates advanced contracts which will allow for easy integration of financial tools for increased accountability and transparency. Tritium also incorporates LISP technology into the Nexus framework to further ensure the network is distributed, secure, scalable and introduces parallelism on the network layers.
The core team also had a busy travel month with some of the team visiting Australia, where Colin Cantrell spoke at Sydney’s Bitcoin & Blockchain Fair, and others from the team in New York City for Consensus. These trips help us make important connections in the industry and educate key people on the work being done at Nexus.
Last but not least, we would like to remind everyone that we will be hosting the Second Annual Nexus Conference here in Scottsdale, Arizona from September 19th to the 22nd. See you all there!
Development update from core developer Brian Smith:
Our development team has been growing and is now structured into two different groups. The front-end developers are working on the Nexus Interface (wallet) and the back-end developers are working on the legacy code and the new Tritium protocol.
“We’ve been shoring up each of the modules as well as making sure all the Legacy QT wallet features are implemented in the new interface, and cleaning up any loose ends.” said Dillon Dugan who is part of the wallet development team.
We are continuously maintaining the legacy code base as well as working on Tritium. Colin has been working with each of the developers on specific portions of the LLL with the overarching goal of improving the code and reducing the memory footprint. We are also developing a new coder training set with explanations on how Nexus works and how it differs from other blockchain projects. Colin and Brian are additionally building out the Unified Modeling Language (UML) for the Tritium protocol.
Nexus Releases the Tritium White Paper
After a lot of hard work and much anticipation, the Tritium White Paper was released on Tuesday, May 29th. We are pleased to share the blueprint for this revolutionary technology co-authored by Colin Cantrell (Chief Architect and Founder, The Nexus Embassy) and Dino Farinacci (Lispers.net), the next evolution of blockchain scalability, integration, and usability. Just as the Nexus project has continued to grow, building and connecting with many, this paper was an unprecedented collaboration of many. Make sure to read about the amazing White Paper Community contributors, Shea, Jules and April, featured in the Community Contributor section of this newsletter.
The Tritium White Paper is here, our blueprint to the future.
Blockchain is a flourishing technology that is in a constant state of change. In recent years, the global market for blockchain has grown exponentially, yet as organizations race to efficiently adopt and implement blockchain technology, they are encountering numerous scalability and implementation challenges.
Current Industry Landscape
Nearly all blockchains currently in use record information in one dimension, comparable to a single lane highway. When a highway gets congested from mass use, traffic comes to a standstill as it bottlenecks. These limitations prevent blockchains from scaling efficiently, because as more transactions are processed the network slows down. These constraints are already being widely reported via early blockchain adopters. From an enterprise perspective, there is a need for a simple interface with easy integration, thus allowing for broad applications across industries while scaling for worldwide use. Instead of building custom applications on a predetermined platform, businesses are seeking opportunities to collaborate on the design process prior to blockchain development to ensure the technology meets their individual and/or industry needs.
The Nexus Tritium Solution
Nexus is pioneering a new approach to blockchain technology that solves the biggest challenges faced by the industry: scalability, ease of integration, and intuitive user experience. Beginning with the Tritium update, Nexus is creating an innovative software stack containing multiple layers of abstraction that will streamline business integration into the Nexus framework. It will create the foundation of a cryptographic identity system and make smart contracts easily accessible through a feature-rich Application Programming Interface (API) set.
Each API will be developed through a standardization process with input from businesses, industry leaders, and developers, focused on providing a well-designed interface and seamless business integration. This unique customer engagement approach allows businesses that are building on the Nexus software stack to have input on the forward development and standards for each release. This is very important for streamlining the integration between consumers, businesses, and networks.
The software stack introduced by Tritium enables the incorporation of advanced contracts and allows for built-in smart financial instruments, such as stipulations on funds received and their appropriation. Smart financial instruments such as ‘receive signatures’ can be expanded into a form of multi-signature contracts allowing multiple parties to decide how the funds are spent, thereby increasing accountability and transparency. These organizational contracts allow businesses and consumers to function in a more streamlined and connected way.
The integration of LISP (Locator/Identifier Separation Protocol) with Nexus introduces a truly distributed, secure, and scalable infrastructure network. The combination of running Nexus over LISP with the Tritium software stack represents a new evolution of blockchain development that addresses the critical issues facing existing technology. Nexus / LISP also creates a more efficient messaging system, prevents IP address spoofing, and introduces parallelism on the network layers.
Tritium Protocol Features
Modular architecture provides a robust and stable platform allowing for greater use case flexibility and extensibility.
Modular design allows for a powerful range of new use cases where data integration challenges are minimized.
The Nexus Software Stack provides parallel processing, eliminating bottlenecks.
It allows contracts to function at scale by decoupling responsibilities into different layers of operations.
A register-based contract engine allows for data ownership, transfer, lease, publishing, security, and monetization.
The reputation system in the ledger builds digital reputation that couples economic incentives with greater trust.
A relationship system in the ledger determines how nodes interact with each other, strengthening connections.
The Lower Level Library creates easy to use templates for efficient data handling.
Signature chains increase security and establish a digital identity system.
A new wallet includes user-friendly modules and new modular design.
API set designed for ease of use and seamless integration with existing software.
Industry-specific API standardization facilitates enterprise design collaboration and ensures usability.
LISP overlay improves scalability and security resulting in a truly distributed topology.
LISP allows network communication to remain private, preventing eavesdropping.
Supports multi-signature contracting allowing for consensus approval.
The Tritium Protocol, as described in the recently released white paper, is the first of three updates of the TAO framework (Tritium, Amine and Obsidian) that provides utility, scalability, and extensibility to the Nexus Blockchain architecture. It is the first step towards a practical and efficient distributed system that can be tailored to various use cases. Through an intuitive user interface and comprehensive API sets, Tritium enables seamless integration with other applications. With the upcoming implementation of Tritium, there is plenty to be excited about!
The Nexus Conference is Coming!
We’d love to see all of you at The Second Annual Nexus Conference from September 19th – 22nd in Scottsdale, AZ. Make sure to visit our conference website and join the mailing list to be among the first to be updated to reserve your Early Bird Tickets!
At the beginning of May, Colin Cantrell (Chief Architect & Founder) and Colin Forbes (Chief Financial Officer) of The Nexus Embassy traveled to Sydney, Australia to speak at Sydney’s Bitcoin & Blockchain Fair, as well as connecting with the large Nexus Community in Australia. While there, Colin and Colin participated in many interviews (see links below) covering the latest from Nexus including topics like the Embassy’s self-funding mechanism, the 3 Dimensional Chain, and more. The visit included a Facebook Live interview with Alex of ‘Nugget’s News Australia’ and a well attended Sydney MeetUp and a lively dinner with the Australian Community. At the Bitcoin Fair, in addition to having a booth Colin C. spoke on decentralized organizational structures.
A big thank you to Cain Beuchat, Mike Casey, Paul Screen and the rest of the Australian Nexus Community for their organization of the Blockchain Fair, the Nexus Booth, the Sydney MeetUp and the community dinner as well as their continued collaboration on Nexus. Colin and Colin look forward to visiting again.
Check out the interview from CryptoFinder with Colin Cantrell & Colin Forbes:
Members of the Core team visit Consensus: Kierre Reeg, Alex El-Nemer & Ajay Ahuja
In early May, Ajay Ahuja (CEO), Kierre Reeg (Chief Economist), Alex El-Nemer (International Business Development) and Dionna Bailey (Business Development) attended Consensus in New York on behalf of the core team. With over 4,000 in attendance this year, Consensus has become one of the biggest blockchain conferences in the world. Consensus was a great place to connect with leaders in the industry and to gather information, as well as an opportunity to educate organizations looking for a layer one blockchain solution such as Nexus. We are excited to see these relationships materialize in the future. Hot topics at Consensus this year for the Nexus team included potential future regulation of the industry, enterprise supply chain wish lists, and overall market sentiments. The team also had the chance to connect with many Nexus Community members who were attending Consensus.
Nexus Hires another Dev
Core Dev: Francisco Hernandez
Francisco Hernandez Henaine moved to the US from Mexico when he was 16 years old to pursue academic and professional development opportunities. He has always enjoyed a passion for technology and started fixing and building computers at a young age. When he took his first coding class, he felt like he’d found what he was meant to do. Francisco got into the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry in 2017 and was truly amazed by its potential, most especially what he saw at Nexus. Some of his hobbies include foosball, pool, soccer, gaming and working out.
Interview with Alex El-Nemer
Alex El-Nemer (International Business Development) of the Nexus team had the pleasure of speaking with Dominic Bennett in an AMA video that took place on May 1st. Alex has been working from London to educate about Nexus outside of the US, including working on international use-cases, sponsorships for the conference, and helping with international press for Nexus.
Tritium White Paper: Shea (@Shea), Jules (@Jules) and April (@chambermaid):
Shea, Jules, and April from the Community worked closely with Colin and Dino to write the Tritium White Paper. These dedicated community members are extremely knowledgeable in mathematics, engineering, technology and economics, and greatly help the advancement of Nexus. They have also collaborated with the team on the Nexus FAQs and the website content, and continue to educate people on the revolutionary advancements of Nexus. Our thanks to each of you for all of your hard work!
TritiumWhite Paper Explained: Spaid (@Spaid), Ahmed (@Medo_NZ), and Peter (@imestin):
Since the release of the White Paper, many Community members have taken the initiative to simplify the technology in order to make it more understandable for many. Thank you for your impactful contributions.
The Nexus Tritium White Paper Seven Layers Simplified:
Community Mining Guide: Vilcu (@Vido) and Glen (@MrProbz)
Vilcu and Glen from the Nexus Community have compiled a comprehensive and very user-friendly Community Mining Guide for anyone who is interested in mining Nexus. The guide includes everything from equipment suggestions to step-by-step instructions on how to setup miners and receive your first reward for securing the Nexus blockchain. The Nexus miners are always available to help and answer questions in our Slack. Please email [email protected] for an invitation.
We’d like to thank the Community for an unprecedented time of collaboration. The Tritium White Paper as well as Nexus’ growing blockchain advancements are proof that we are always better together. As a further testament to our growth, we’ve just reached 20,000 followers on Twitter. Thanks for all you do!
April was a pivotal month in the history of Nexus as we continued to build out the core team with two key management hires who bring a plethora of relevant experience with them. We were honored to see Colin win the award for ‘Top Tech Exec’ in the Rising Star category by Phoenix Business Journal, just a few months after opening our headquarters in Scottsdale.
Development is gaining steady progress as we continue to hire more and more developers onto the core team. Colin Cantrell spoke about distributed ledger technology at the ‘United We Stand’ event in Texas, and Alex El-Nemer represented Nexus at the ‘Blockchain Expo Global’ in London.
Behind the scenes, the core team has been reaching out to key leaders of industry to help them understand the groundbreaking technology we are building. In addition, we are closely monitoring key developments on the legal side of the blockchain industry, while ensuring the well-being of the project by continuously reassessing how we navigate the developing legal landscape.
The core team and community came together to create a set of Community Intentions and Guidelines for the project to help us retain the Nexus culture as we grow. Overall progress on the project continues to accelerate and we are more excited and optimistic than ever about the future of Nexus!
Development update from core developer Brian Smith:
Nexus continues to hire core C++ coders and we are in the onboarding process for a couple more devs who will be announced once they are officially on the team. The Agile framework has been keeping the team on track and has fundamentally accelerated the Interface development. Preparations are being made for our first rounds of in-house testing as well as cross platform testing. We couldn’t be happier with how devoted our developers are to the mission; it is that drive that has brought us to our advanced designs and continued improvements with each passing day.
Colin Cantrell Named Winner of the AZ Top Tech Exec Awards by Phoenix Business Journal for the category Rising Star
Colin Cantrell, Founder and Chief Architect of Nexus Earth was named the winner of the Top Tech Exec Awards, for the category of Rising Star by the Phoenix Business Journal. Colin was one of three finalists nominated in the category, which also included Neel Mehta, a Partner at EpiFinder Inc and Justin Ryan, a Research Scientist at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. All of the Top Tech Exec Awards finalists attended an awards dinner to honor them for their technology achievements at the Phoenix Art Museum on Thursday, March 10th. Colin Cantrell was in Sydney at the time of the Awards dinner, attending the Nexus Sydney Meetup so Brian Smith attended the event on his behalf, and accepted the award.
Arizona has continued to create opportunities to establish itself as a technology-centric state in order to attract more tech companies to the valley, including becoming the first state to create a FinTech Sandbox. Nexus established its headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona in 2018.
The Nexus Core Team attends the Phoenix Business Journal Top Tech Exec Awards on behalf of Colin
Read the follow up interview with Colin from Phoenix business journal here:
The Nexus Embassy Adds Experienced Business Leadership to its Management Team
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., April 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The Nexus Embassy, the steward of Nexus, an innovative open-source blockchain technology and digital currency, is pleased to announce the appointment of two key members to its leadership team, Dr. Ajay Ahuja as Chief Executive and Scott Bischoff as VP of Marketing. As the organization fostering the development of Nexus, an open-source blockchain technology that focuses on solving the current challenges of speed and scalability while also providing world-class quantum resistance, The Nexus Embassy is now evolving its leadership team to match the caliber of this advanced technology. Nexus’ peer-to-peer platform will enable people to take control of their personal and financial freedoms and empower humanity through decentralization. Colin Cantrell, inventor of the Nexus protocol and the founder and chief architect of The Nexus Embassy expressed, “My favorite part of Ajay and Scott joining the team is that they are coming from corporate careers to now pursue the vision of our nonprofit to empower people.” The Nexus protocol utilizes and expands upon current blockchain technologies for decentralized peer-to-peer networking, focusing on solutions to many of the current limitations of the Bitcoin and Ethereum blockchains. Inherent in this technology is the use of the Nexus digital currency (NXS), which has been generated organically since the launch of Nexus in 2014 without any Initial Coin Offering. Given the nascence of the blockchain industry, it has been beneficial to seek leaders who have significant management experience engaging with both regulatory oversight as well as technological complexity. Dr. Ajay Ahuja has joined the team as Chief Executive, with the goal of providing strategic direction and business acumen to drive the rapid expansion of Nexus’ transformational technology. Dr. Ahuja most recently served as Global Head of the Medical Affairs department, in research and development, at Allergan plc, a global pharmaceutical company. He has also held leadership positions of increasing responsibility across marketing, commercial operations and business development functions at innovative startups as well as top global companies, including Pfizer, Takeda and Novartis. Dr. Ahuja earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Duke University, a Doctor of Medicine from Washington University in St. Louis and an MBA from Harvard Business School. “I believe that blockchain technology will fundamentally change the world, in much the same way as did the internet when it came to the forefront 20 years ago,” said Dr. Ahuja. “Those applications that utilize peer-to-peer connectivity, that have the ability to move away from centralized third parties, and that enable verification of immutable data, will have the ability to empower individuals all over the world. I am thrilled to be a part of this movement.” Scott Bischoff has joined the team as VP of Marketing in order to further the network’s marketing and commercialization strategy in this critical time of organizational growth. Bischoff, who brings over two decades of cross-functional leadership experience in multiple Fortune 500 companies including Bristol-Myers Squibb and Teva Pharmaceuticals, will be tasked with leveraging his diverse background to expand the use of the Nexus technology to develop additional use cases utilizing this advanced blockchain. Bischoff earned a Bachelor of Science in marketing from Southern Illinois University and has additional education and leadership experience in music business, technology, finance, real estate, tax and legal strategies. “I am delighted that Scott is bringing his experience, wisdom and professional attributes to The Nexus Embassy,” said Dr. Ahuja. “Nexus is being designed as world-class technology, and it is scaling up to make a real difference in the world. Scott, along with the rest of the management team, is poised to help make this a reality.” Having recently established its physical headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona, The Nexus Embassy has ongoing plans to continue to build out the organization with top coders and developers, in order to focus on the development of the Nexus technology and the creation of multiple use case applications. With its cryptocurrency as the initial use case, Nexus will continue its expansion to help to reshape the world and continue progress towards a truly decentralized system.
Phoenix Business Journal also covered the addition of Ajay Ahuja to the Nexus Embassy:
The London Letter meets with Colin Cantrell in London:
A Two Part Interview Series
While in London for the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force), Collin Cantrell and Alex El-Nemer met with the team from the London Letter, who conducted a two part interview with the Nexus Founder and Chief Architect. The detailed interview covered everything from how he got into technology to current updates on Vector as well as Nexus’s future in space, the 3D Chain, the LLD and providing internet for the world.
Colin Cantrell spoke at United We Stand on distributed ledger technology in our voting system and our personal evolution. The event took place in College Station, Texas on April 29th and included speakers such as Jeff Berwick, Sterlin Luxan, and Max Borders, who focused on alternative governance models that promote peace and equality. This included blockchain technology as a solution to effectively organize political and economic systems.
The Nexus Community is a unique and potent part of The Nexus Embassy, known throughout the cryptocurrency and blockchain communities for its critical involvement in the project. In an effort to further assist in the growth of the Community, at a level in alignment with Colin’s code, Nexus hired Community Coordinator Anastasiya Maslova and, in collaboration with the community, put into place a series of Community Intentions and Guidelines.
In April, members in Slack, Telegram, and Discord had the opportunity to review the intentions, recalling the qualities that have made so many people deeply engage with Nexus. At the conclusion, everyone collaboratively agreed to implement the Intentions and Guidelines outlined here:
Nexus Community Intentions & Guidelines
We are Nexus: a connection of people, ideas, and technology providing greater choice and freedom through blockchain applications to propel humanity forward. Evolution starts here! Nexus has seen extraordinary growth since its inception and we are excited to enter the next stage of our development. As the cryptocurrency and blockchain industry matures, we are finding new and improved ways to execute our vision for a better world. Nexus aims to become the most advanced and trusted distributed ledger and peer-to-peer network. We focus on providing worldwide access to information, cutting-edge technology, and organizational decentralization. To build Nexus, we strongly encourage a participatory and proactive community.. You are the creative force and deserve a place where you can thrive while pursuing these collaborative endeavors. Our community has an infinite amount of talent, passion, and drive. We want to promote a culture that inspires and supports that energy. Together, we are unlimited! Imagine a world where information flows freely and securely, where we communicate without technological interruptions, transfer value without limitations, pursue our passions, and trust that the systems we create are working to make our lives easier, and more efficient and effective. At Nexus, we hope that you are inspired to collaborate with us and turn this vision into reality.
These intentions have been inspired by you to create focus and positively evolve Nexus: Collaboration through Connection and Shared Vision Education with Patience and Grace Mutual Respect through Honest Discussion and Transparency Creating a Positive Impact through Community and Cooperation
These guidelines help us achieve our goals of transparency, abundance, and freedom across all of our platforms. Collaborating and creating with Nexus means: Being objective with receptivity and honest in our communication Being respectful in conduct and understanding during conflict Bringing honor to what we say and harmony to what we do
Please remember that every member is an individual just like you. We want our community contributors to have a positive, safe, respectful, and transparent environment to share ideas, work on goals, collaborate and create. To do that, we can all make the personal choice to treat everyone in this community with the highest respect. It’s that simple! These guidelines are set up to ensure that the places we collaborate in welcome people from every background, provide productive education, and are efficiently organized so we can build this project to its fullest potential. They are intended to protect the community.
Be compassionate: No content that threatens, harasses, bullies, or insults others Be principled: No content that encourages or incites violence, is of a sexual or racial nature Respect privacy: No sharing of personal or confidential information of others Be yourself: No impersonating others Support Nexus: No spam, commercial ads, or referral links Check your sources: No spreading disinformation/FUD Be responsible: No continuous complaints about price/market changes Be organized: Use the proper channels for the proper topics Be lawful: No illegal content
Nexus welcomes suggestions, insights, constructive criticism and testing for improvement as long as it is solution driven. Members are encouraged to submit suggestions to the #community_suggestions channel in Slack and Discord. Members can also contact the Community Coordinator or platform admins in a private conversation Let’s move forward and build a better future! We value great ideas and have Pods in place to help you get involved. Find your purpose with Nexus!
Cryptalk AMA with Colin Cantrell
Colin participated in a technology-oriented Ask-Me-Anything session in the Cryptalk Discord, a new community that is focused on providing news in various formats, resources, and education ranging from voice interviews to community projects for coins and tokens. They offer broad discussions about cryptocurrencies and blockchains and share information that focuses on blockchain evolution instead of coin vs. coin debates. The voice AMA was followed by a question and answer portion on the Cryptalk Reddit.
Exclusive Community AMA with Marketing Director Scott Bischoff
Prior to the formal announcement of Scott Bischoff as Marketing Director, the Nexus Marketing Team scheduled a community AMA with Scott in the general Slack. The purpose of the AMA was to give the community the first opportunity to get to know our newest addition to the team, and to give them the chance to make any suggestions they have for the marketing team going forward. The AMA was highly successful and thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. The core team will be popping into general Slack more often, so keep a look out for more AMA’s.
Scott Bischoff engaged with the community in the official Nexus Slack channel and answered some of their most pressing questions about marketing. Here are some highlights from the conversation:
The Tritium Whitepaper release is scheduled for May
The Marketing Team is building a Tritium campaign for the wallet and code release
Roadmap and a calendar of events is coming soon
Lobby engagement and plans to leverage the movement of Arizona becoming the crypto tech hub in the U.S.
Japanese language translations are a priority in the near future
Target markets for use cases will include Music/Film/Entertainment, Healthcare, Finance/Insurance, and Voting
Scott ended the AMA with a thank you to the community, “In summary, I’m thrilled to be part of the Nexus team and community. You all have contributed so much and have been so supportive of Colin’s vision. I’m looking forward to collaborating with you in the future while we all contribute to making Nexus the most advanced and trusted BC available! We will schedule more of these Q&A’s in the future! Thanks for the engagement and great questions.”
Alex El-Nemer represented and spoke on behalf of Nexus at the Blockchain Expo Global in London on April 18th and 19th. The conference was attended by over 14,000 people from across the world, many of whom engaged the Nexus b
ooth representatives with a host of questions. Alex noted that it was extremely exciting to see such a great following around blockchain technology. He enjoyed speaking to other crypto projects that had substantial potential, both from a humanitarian aspect and a business perspective.
Alex’s talk, which was attended by over 300 people, covered the 3DC, consumer protection through blockchain security, and the Nexus mission to bring this technology to the world for positive social impact. Alex had a blast hanging out with the Nexus community at the conference and said it was great to see a strong Nexus Earth following in the U.K. They, in turn, were thrilled to see what Nexus has planned for the future and to hear that the development of the technology is progressing forward so strongly.
Watch Alex’s interview with The Block 20 Report where he explained the 3DC, quantum resistance, and the satellite mesh network:
Scott Simon for Tech Support & Future C++ Development
Scott Simon: Scott has a long history as a systems developer, working on projects for over 30 companies. With a Computer Engineering degree from The University of Wisconsin and an MBA in Finance and Investments from University of Michigan, most of his projects have focused on securities trading and settlement, mutual funds, corporate finance, and insurance, using tools such as C/C++, Java, Perl, and various internet technologies. Scott first discovered Bitcoin in 2015 as an alternative to the traditional financial system and, through that, learned about Nexus in January 2017. The more he learned about Nexus, the more involved he became in the community, through work on the Nexus FAQ, as a Telegram and Reddit admin, as well as helping to build the Nexus website. Following such positive experiences, he then decided to apply his background by contributing as a developer, officially joining the team this month. When not working on Nexus, Scott acts as a “Dance Dad” for his daughter and pursues his interests in wine and fine dining.
Paul V (@Vido) Creates Complete Nexus Mining Guide and Video for Beginners: Paul put together a “Beginners Guide to Mining” that leads new miners through the process of setting up their mining rigs, connecting to the Nexus network, and minting NXS coins through the Proof-of-Stake channel.
Watch “How to mine NEXUS Coins GPU CPU and Staking guide” here:
Colin Cantrell at The Bitcoin and Blockchain Fair: Sydney, Australia:Colin Cantrell will be speaking at the Blockchain Fair taking place in Sydney, Australia, on May 12-13th. His speech will take place on the morning of May 13th and will cover horizontal organizational structure and the power of distributed ledger technology. Join Nexus and Colin here:
Nexus goes to Consensus, New York: Several members of the Nexus team will be visiting Consensus this year, taking place in New York City from May 14th -16th. The event, hosted by Coindesk, is expected to bring in over 4,000 people this year from around the globe. To join Nexus at Consensus, purchase tickets here:
Thank you to the Community and team for another highly progressive month at Nexus Earth. We hope everyone feels the momentum around this project building as we work collectively to positively impact the world!
March was an exciting month for the Nexus core team as we continued to work diligently on many fronts — there is great progress being made. Our growing team of coders continued to make rapid strides on the Nexus interface, Colin Cantrell worked with Dino Farinacci to further integrate LISP into the Nexus architecture, and we released wallet code updates to resolve issues raised by the community. Furthermore, Dino & Colin presented at The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) 101 in London on the future of blockchain technology and how important LISP integration will be for these systems.
The Nexus modular interface is looking fantastic and is progressing steadily towards completion. We are committed to releasing products only when they are truly tested, secure, and ready for prime time. So while we do not have any hard dates on when the Tritium wallet will be released, we wanted to let you know that a lot of progress has been made and everyone on the team is excited to see the interface released to the world!
Dino Farinacci’s LISP technology is designed to help the internet scale. The Lispers.net website states, “We are building state-of-the-art, next generation internet architectures and protocols that enable modern-use applications to scale securely and run efficiently.” When building distributed systems, such as Nexus, the LISP architecture becomes highly important to help provide increased speed and scalability. Dino is working in conjunction with the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) to standardize and develop LISP technology. Last month Dino and Colin presented to the IETF in London on the future of Blockchain technology.
Anastasiya is now working full time as our Community Coordinator. She is here to help bridge the information flow between the Nexus core team and the Community. As a reminder, transparency is highly important to the core team! That being said, we are also working with restrictions on releasing certain information, such as non-disclosure agreements with regard to partnerships and exchange listings. We are committed to informing the community of all updates as soon as we are able. Anastasiya is doing an excellent job and we are delighted to have her on board!
We are continuing to expand the core team adding key members in order to bring the vision of Nexus to fruition in an expedited manner. Simultaneously, we maintain the focus of building a very strong foundation for Blockchain 3.0: the next generation of Blockchain Technology. We are committed to bringing revolutionary open source technology to solve the issues of speed, security, and scalability in a distributed manner – this is the very heart of what makes Nexus such a special project.
Evolution starts here!
Here is the latest development update from Software Engineer & Core Developer Brian Smith:
Our development team has continued to grow and we now have 5 full-time software engineers working on the Tritium Wallet. In early March they flew out to Arizona from around the country to meet the team and set up their work flow. The devs are utilizing Agile development tools and methods to accelerate their development on the Tritium interface and back-end. The team is in the process of interviewing and hiring more C++ developers.
The Nexus Developer Team
Nexus & LISP:
Two Part Series
Nexus Integration with the LISP Architecture
(This blog release was published on our site on March 19, 2018)
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 lispers.net 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 lispers.net 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).
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 using the LISP overlay.
How LISP Helps Nexus
Just a single feature of LISP would benefit 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
Brian Smith, Colin Cantrell and Dino working at Nexus HQ
Dino Farinacci visited the Nexus HQ in Scottsdale on March 28th and 29th to begin setting up two additional Nexus nodes, Nexus 12 (12.12) & Nexus 13 (13.13). These additional nodes will test run the LISP network architecture overlay. When the new test nodes are up and running in Arizona, the total number of test nodes will grow from four to six.
While in Arizona, Dino also met with Colin Cantrell and many members of the Nexus team to discuss further use cases for LISP, teach the team a bit more about how LISP operates, and share some new findings from test running LISP over Nexus.
Nexus Nodes Test Running LISP: First Order Testing
There are two docker containers on Dino’s Laptop. Within the docker containers are two Nexus nodes running over LISP, Nexus 1 (1.1) and Nexus 2 (2.2) that Dino set up in California prior to coming to Arizona.
Dino and Colin also set up node 12 (12.12) in Nexus’ Kansas Data Center and node 13 (13.3) on Colin’s desktop.
Dino and Colin worked on setting up two more container nodes, Nexus 3 (3.3) & Nexus 4 (4.4), which are still in development, on Dino’s visit to Arizona.
The 240 addresses are addresses that we chose. They are End Point IDs that go from 1.1-13.13, so we will have 13 Nexus nodes validating transactions (mining/staking) over LISP.
Since Dino had 1.1 and 2.2 set up when he flew out to Phoenix, as he moved his laptop from his WiFi network to Southwest Airline’s WiFi, he was able to run Nexus over LISP at 35,000 feet in the air and the connection stayed up!
The two Nexus applications run on a system that sends packets to the network. When sending from 240 addresses, it uses the LISP overlay, which means it runs through the LISPsers.net code that captures packets from 240 addresses. When the 240 addresses are not used as a source address, it will simply send packets on the underlay. The reason? We want Nexus nodes to be able to talk to both LISP and non-LISP addresses at the same time. This provides some real data.
No matter where your Nexus node is, whether it’s on an airplane or a coffee shop, with LISP it will maintain the most optimal connections so your transactions are never interrupted.
What The Team Learned:
Dino delved into more technical detail in his presentation, highlighting some nuances he saw demonstrated from running the test network. Our Architects and Devs were especially excited by the possibilities of LISP!
The biggest challenge with the IP architecture is that most devices we run sit behind NATs. NATs translate IP addresses, creating a many to one relationship between devices and the network connection. LISP reverses that relationship to associate one EID with many connections. The IP address of the NAT is the RLOC for the EID nodes behind it. NATs act as a bottleneck in the flow of information since they need to address each EID behind it from many devices and connect them to the same RLOC IP address, which can slow down connections. Since we need a lot of miners and wallets to communicate with each other quickly and smoothly, we don’t want to keep a lot of NATs. LISP bypasses them by using re-encapsulating tunnel routers that pierce through the NAT. These tunnels are cryptographically secure, and increase speed and connectivity.
Goals & Benefits of Running Nexus on LISP:
The Nexus application will be able to talk to Nexus/LISP nodes and Nexus/non-LISP nodes. When the app sends packets to EIDs, the overlay is used where LISP encapsulates packets to RLOCs. Otherwise, the underlay is used.
Nexus will be able to run on LISP and send packets to other Nexus apps running on LISP, as well as those not running LISP (non-LISP). That is, the Nexus app can decide when to use the overlay network (LISP) and when to use the underlay network (non-LISP).
LISP encrypts Nexus information (packets) over the network, which will provide increased privacy for transaction data, protecting it from ‘man-in-the-middle’ attack.
The Nexus app can use multicast so LISP can deliver packets efficiently to L1 miners, L2 miners, and L3 miners, respectively.
LISP allows people to use their wallets or miners anywhere. When you consider mining from mobile devices or wallets on phones, LISP allows for increased flexibility, keeping transport connections open and the ability to use multiple networks / connections on your device
LISP provides 100% reliability that nodes will connect in a distributed fashion, which gives us a better inter-distributed architecture
LISP provides faster transfers (due to the shortest connection path).
Wallet Update 0.2.4.1
Nexus Wallet update 0.2.4.1 was released on March 29th. Nick Earl and Colin Cantrell completed the updates which provide several improvements on the previous wallets, including:
Updated source code to allow for building with both Qt4 and Qt5. It will automatically detect what version is being used.
Combined makefile.mingw, makefile.osx, and makefile.unix into a single OS-detecting version called makefile.cli.
Modified makefile and nexus-qt.pro to display cleaner output when compiling. Also changed build arguments. Refer to appropriate build documents in doc folder for more info.
Enabled compiling as 32BIT or 64BIT program.
Fixed various typos.
Added Arch Linux support.
Repaired png files that contained bad data.
Changed staking power to better compete with finding genesis blocks vs old versions of wallet.
Fixed compiling with Apple LLVM clang/clang++ versions.
Fixed “Estimated number of blocks” function in Help>Debug Window.
Standardized executable names to Nexus-Qt and Nexus for all OS’s.
Updated all compiling documents to reflect present day instructions.
Added Windows building instructions for dependents and wallet as well as creating a build script.
Fix applied to forks caused by trust keys not being deleted properly.
Updated various code to make it more std=c++11 compatible.
Getrawmempool rpc command is working. You can use this to see transactions that are pending but not in a block yet.
Fix to remove trust key when block disconnected twice.
Fix to the memory leak while staking.
Visit this link to download the latest wallet update:
Colin Cantrell & Kierre Reeg on CryptoKnights Podcast
Colin Cantrell & Kierre Reeg were interviewed by CryptoKnights Podcast on March 30th. The interview was highly dynamic as Kierre and Colin discussed varying topics like the 3D Chain (Blockchain 3.0!), how and why Nexus was created, what a prosperity based money system is, the mission and vision of Nexus, and the Nexus Pod system. CryptoKnights is a global podcast with millions of downloads per episode. Their website notes, “At CryptoKnights, we work towards bridging the Crypto divide. We do so by creating and spreading knowledge of the Crypto world with the help of Crypto Gurus. Our aim is to cut through all the noise surrounding the world of decentralized monetary value, so that you too can be a part of this BIG revolution.”
Speed, Security & Scalability = Nexus!
Make sure to tune in to Nexus on CryptoKnights Podcast here:
New Community Coordinator, Global Business Dev, Community Support & more Devs
Nexus is continuing to grow the core team to build the infrastructure to support the code architecture that’s been created. Here’s an introduction to our latest hires:
Anastasiya Maslova: Community Coordinator
Anastasiya got involved with cryptocurrencies in 2016 and discovered Nexus just before the first Nexus Conference last September. She took an active role joining the Content POD, promoting Nexus to her network, and moving up to admin some of our platforms. She has now relocated to Arizona to work closely with the team as the new Community Coordinator.
Anastasiya graduated with a degree in international business and economics, and has worked in international shipping, customer service, accounting, and real estate, including the new start-up Ubitquity, LLC, that is focused on transferring property ownership data onto the blockchain.
She fell in love with the Nexus project because it combines her passion for cryptocurrencies, blockchain technology, space, financial and information freedom. She is excited about connecting the Community’s voice with Core and the world, and exploring the creative collaboration that decentralized systems offer. Her other passions include writing, philosophy, economics, and educating people about alternative governance models.
Alex EL-Nemer: Global Business Development
Alex El-Nemer graduated from the University of Bath England with a degree in Economics. He soon realized the need to reform monetary frameworks when — while working as an FX trader in London — he witnessed first hand the shortcomings of current payment systems.
Initially, Alex was drawn to Nexus because it definitely addresses what, in his opinion, are the two most important elements of a digital currency: security and scalability. After securing the RightBTC exchange listing, Alex now works on Global Business Development focusing on important, long term partnerships around the world. Alex will utilize his connections to help businesses and industry leaders understand the potential of Nexus, and the power of collaboration in the world.
Nick Earl: Community Support
Nick Earl has always loved learning how things work. With computers, he found that he had an infinite supply of knowledge that he could easily access to learn about everything. Nick’s interest in computers led him to attend Cisco networking college courses even before graduating high school in 2006. After graduation, Nick joined the United States Air Force where he provided IT support for the Distributed Common Ground System, during hundreds of missions, as part of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. He received technical training from the Community College of the Air Force and during this time achieved his Comptia A+, Network+, and Security+ certifications. Following his career in the military Nick expanded his knowledge and skills through employment at Best Buy on the Geek Squad, as a PC Technician, where he learned the importance of communicating technology concepts to people who aren’t familiar with them. Nick became interested in cryptocurrencies in late 2016 and began looking for a coin to start learning from. The Nexus name itself caught his attention initially, as it reminded him of his days playing World of Warcraft! When he looked deeper into the project, he saw an ambition, a wealth of knowledge and ability in the developers, and a community of people (that he had never seen online before) that were more like a family than a community. Nick is excited to use the experience and skills he has developed over his career to help in building the best Nexus experience for the community that he has grown to admire, and he looks forward to helping others share in the experience that he has had with Nexus.
Dillon Dugan: Dev
Spaid Organizes 500 Nexus in Giveaways
The Nexus community recently pulled together donations to give away over 500 NXS in a five week span. The giveaway started as a game where people guessed at a random NXS address on the Richlist, with the winner given 25 NXS for the correct guess. Soon, more and more Nexus community members were offering to contribute to the pool, and were also making suggestions as to how the giveaway could attract more interest from outside the Nexus community. The weekly free giveaway of at least 100 NXS took shape and is on it’s fifth successful week. To date, over 700 entries have been submitted and 530 NXS has been given away.
A new donation of 1000 NXS has been added to the pool and Spaid will hold another round of giveaways! Join our Slack or Discord and check out the details in the #giving channel. Enter today at https://microcapcrypto.com/nexus-giveaway/
We are Nexus!
Scott Simon does Cryptex AMA
Scott Simon from the community participated in an AMA on Cryptex on Saturday, March 18th. Scott is one of the key leaders in our community, moderating our community platforms, providing support, and learning C++ so he can contribute more to the open source code. Scott has an extensive background in tech and consulting, and brings an extensive amount of knowledge to Nexus. Thanks for the great AMA Scott!
Listen in to the Cryptex AMA with Scott Simon here:
Thank you to our amazing Community for another remarkable month of growth at Nexus Earth. We couldn’t do any of this without you, and your hard work continues to shine as we collectively educate the world about the most secure & scalable, next generation blockchain!