Nexus Earth Newsletter November 2018

Nexus Earth Newsletter November 2018

It has been a very productive month for Nexus with the commitment of many new lines of code for the Tritium upgrade, ambassadors attending conferences, engineers meeting at the Internet Engineering Task Force, and the continued development of our distributed Embassy structure. The developers are also continuing to improve the Tritium Wallet and gearing up for the next set of beta testing.

 

Tritium Development Update

 

Most of the foundational developments of Tritium are complete. Recent tests of the Lower Level Library (LLL) show requests reaching 197,744 per second, and the Lower Level Database (LLD) handling the workloads handed to it when testing Lower Level Crypto (LLC) verification at over 4k tx/s.

The Nexus developers are at the stage of weaving together code over the network, establishing local databases to handle Signature Chains and register indexes, and adding lower level RPC commands to interact with the Ledger, with the higher level API being the interface in the command set.

Jack McGowen, a new Nexus developer, has been actively working with Scott Simon on the backend LLL-TAO Framework, cleaning up the code and helping to weave it together with the Tritium and Legacy code, into a live Tritium node (minus Tritium activated features) running over the live network. The code cleanup process has involved writing new code for existing functionality, and code comment-based documentation. A lot of the legacy code contained functionality from third party libraries such as boost. “We wrote new code to replace boost while maintaining the same functionality so now the code is less bloated and more portable. I got so excited about removing boost, that I removed it from the prime GPU miner as well,” said Jack. Moving forward, new users looking to build the code from source will no longer have to download boost. The team will use doxygen, an industry standard tool, to build an HTML format document from code comments that will be the foundation for learning for developers building on top of Nexus.

According to Colin Cantrell, in his latest TAO update, “Tritium will be released by the end of January, 2019. Yes ,  a timeline! As we have noticed over the last year, the removal of road maps and timelines didn’t do what was intended, it only created further uncertainty and rumors about the project. As we move into Chapter 3 of our history with distributed Embassies, new architecture, and distributed governance models, we felt it was appropriate to augment this with commitment from the development teams to set and meet deadlines.”

Read the newest TAO Update here.

 

Signature Chains

 

The Nexus Tritium update implements Signature Chains (Sigchains) that create a unique cryptographic identity system, a key-management authorization system, and a proof-of-ownership device. This allows a user to safely transfer and prove ownership of assets and data through advanced contracts. When a user publishes, transfers, or leases data, an event is recorded. This allows for a relationship between users and transparent chains of events to be recorded. That relationship provides the utility of managing data and assets: titles, deeds, patents, currency, records, music, copyrights, trademarks, websites, etc.

Read the full article here.

 

Hash Wars

 

The Bitcoin Cash community went through yet another civil war where miners had to decide which new protocol upgrade to support with their hashing power. The two sides: Bitcoin Cash ABC (ABC) and Bitcoin Cash Satoshi’s Vision (SV), split on November 15th, 2018. Craig Steven Wright, leader of SV,  threatened the entire cryptocurrency ecosystem, promising he would use every miner that supports his chain to 51% attack ABC, followed by attacks on all other blockchains. Alas, the first hash war was anti-climatic as the majority of hash power turned out to be on the side of ABC. Of course, the situation may still change if there is shadow mining afoot.

During the conflict, Colin Cantrell shared his perspective on the hash wars, and reminded us that “we must take a moment to ask ourselves: “What is our vision?” And if our actions aren’t in accordance with this, we must find ways to support projects that are.”

Read the whole article  here.

 

World Crypto Conference

 

World Crypto Con was hosted in Las Vegas over Halloween week, and Nexus was a big part of the 10 year Bitcoin White Paper celebration. Nexus’ participation was funded by the community, and the event was staffed by Dionna and Anastasiya (US Embassy), Chris (Community Volunteer AU), and Cain (AU Embassy). Nexus sponsored the conference’s hackathon and the Bloqathon, which was hosted and organized by the Bloq team. Anastasiya gave an informative speech to the participating developers explaining the Tritium upgrade. Nexus also had a kiosk in a prime location, stacked with a 50 inch TV playing the wallet demo, and lots of Nexus swag. The team educated attendees about the Nexus technology along with our ledger layer scalability architecture. We want to thank everyone who stopped by to talk about the tech! A special thank you to community members Chris and Frank for going above and beyond to support the Nexus vision!

Blockchain Unbound: Tokyo

 

Nexus Ambassador, Dionna Bailey, attended the Blockchain Industries conference Blockchain Unbound: Tokyo. She was interviewed by several podcasts, participated in the Satoshi is Female & Women in Blockchain Luncheon, and connected with blockchain projects in Asia. Additionally, she represented Nexus in the Token Alliance Roundtable Tokyo where blockchain leaders in the Asian market discussed the current landscape of the industry and the challenges of regulatory changes. Among the attendees were the former commissioner of the SEC, NEO, Quoine, Huobi, Bittrex, Blockchain Industries, Perianne Boring, and Matt Roszak. As part of our membership in the Digital Chamber of Commerce, Nexus was featured on the front cover of Understanding Digital Tokens book given to legislators in the US and abroad.

 

 

Exploring Korea

 

As part of Nexus’ education initiative, the team has taken steps to expand into Korea. As a result, we now have our homepage live in Korean. There is also a dedicated Telegram channel for those in the community who want to get involved and keep up with news as well as a Twitter channel for public announcements. Future plans include meetups in Seoul as well as other initiatives to grow our international network.

www.NexusEarth.com/Korean

Telegram: t.me/NexusKorean

Twitter: @NexusKRofficial

 

New Nexus Hires

 

Jack McGowen (@BlackJack)

Jack McGowen has joined the Nexus Core Dev Team! Jack is relocating this month to the US office in Tempe, AZ to work closer with the team as a software engineer. He obtained his BSCS:RTIS (Real-Time Interactive Simulation) from DigiPen Institute of Technology April 2017 and joined the Nexus community shortly after, and has been an active community member for over a year.

Jack learned about the outdated prime miner software and began working on a new one. He found that his GPU programming skills translated nicely from computer graphics to high-performance computing or HPC. “Any miner is trying to solve a HPC problem, and so the problem felt like a natural fit for my skill set.” Jack successfully implemented a fast 1024-bit primality test using Montgomery modular multiplication, and offered a significant speedup from efficient use of GPU resources. “The Prime GPU Miner is rid of boost, OpenSSL, and libprimesieve; it only requires CUDA and GMP to build now.” He has plans to write an even more scalable miner as he continues R&D on an efficient prime mining algorithm, and is currently working on the backend LLL-TAO Framework.

Quý (@krysto)

Quý is a web developer with six years of experience and has been involved in cryptocurrency and blockchain technology since 2014 when he was first working with NEM. He was attracted to Nexus because of the innovative technology it introduces, as well as its ambitious goal, and believes he can help Nexus improve on the UI/UX side to bring its great tech closer to the users. In his free time, he enjoys music, Salsa and Bachata dancing, and playing board games.

 

UK MeetUp

 

Colin, Alex and Jules met up with some long-time community supporters and new faces in London, including @borris and @cryptosi who shared their welcomed wisdom, @kat who is helping to organize the Polish meetup, @supernova who works in the satellite industry and @danielsan, who created the brilliant Nexplorer.

 

Upcoming Events

 

November 16th-17th: Colin Cantrell will be at CryptoFinance conference in Oslo.

November 18th: Colin Cantrell and Alex El-Nemer will visit Warsaw, Poland. We invite you to our first Working Group Conference, an opportunity to hear Colin and Alex present and answer questions, and to participate in a Contract, Functionality and DAC working group.

Meetup:

https://www.meetup.com/Nexus-Earth/events/255385587/

We are excited to collaborate and explore further with all types of developers to extend the application space from the conventional OSI design to build on the Nexus Tritium Software Stack and hold regular working-group meetups with people from around the world.

Cheers,

Nexus

Nexus Earth Newsletter October 2018

Nexus Earth Newsletter October 2018

Introduction

The 2018 Nexus Conference in September was filled with new and exciting technology updates, education about the future of blockchain, and inspirational speakers that reminded everyone of the beautiful and exceptional opportunities our world has to offer. First and foremost, Nexus would like to thank all of our partners, sponsors, speakers, exhibitors, volunteers, community, and attendees, who made this one of the most enjoyable blockchain events of the year.

Photo © 2018 Monica Rose Photo

 

The Tritium Software Stack that Nexus has been developing was demonstrated by Colin Cantrell, the Founder & Architect of Nexus. In tandem, the developers have been working on the integration of LISP (Locator/ID Separation Protocol) to increase the speed and security of message propagation on the network level, presented by Dino Farinacci and Victor Moreno.

The team has also been focusing on the reorganization and restructuring of the US Embassy, to realign with the decentralized social and financial principles originally outlined in the Genesis White Paper. With these exciting changes, the team and community will be moving forward and will continue to promote the ascent of Nexus as a leader in the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry.

The 2018 Nexus Conference Recap

Photo © 2018 Monica Rose Photo

 

2018 has been filled with conferences of all kinds. There are conferences that focus on hackathons, ICO projects, economic forums, and business development, all interested in educating the world about blockchain technology, new governance models and economic systems. None though are quite like The Nexus Conference. An intimate event of 350 people, the main focus of the conference was to bring people together who truly wanted to get into the trenches and build these new systems.

Photo © 2018 Monica Rose Photo

 

The event began with the Blockchain 101 course that introduced new enthusiasts to how exactly this distributed peer-to-peer truth machine works. Later during the conference, a speaker asked the crowd, “By a show of hands, for how many of you is this your first blockchain conference ever?” and half the audience raised their hand. Bringing new people into this emerging industry is an important part of the overall growth model, as the goal of freedom through financial and informational accessibility was at the center of Bitcoin, the original blockchain protocol.

Photo © 2018 Monica Rose Photo

 

Conversations at The Phoenician centered around how our society has evolved thanks to technology, especially since the information age started, with the invention of the internet. Nicholas Thompson of WIRED took the crowd on a journey through the history of technology and how it has impacted every stage of our lives. Jay Samit demonstrated how everything we do, from planning our calendar to ordering our food, is now virtual. Scott Hines shared his insight on how our digital identities will play a big role in machine learning. Jim Cantrell took the stage to remind everyone that the point of all this hard work is to give monetary control back to the people.

The last day of the conference introduced the attendees to one of Nexus’ invaluable advisors: Steve Beauregard, CRO of Bloq, who has had a profound impact on the evolving cryptosphere. James Glasscock focused on innovating curation through the distributed gig and token economy. After diving deeper into the regulation of the SEC, participants were invited to the first ever Nexus working groups.

The very first Nexus working groups produced very fruitful discussions, ranging from the technical exploration of the ledger, contracts, and network, to discussions relating to distributed social organization and how Nexus could create scalable self organizing structures. The DAC working group lasted for over 3 hours, which showed signs of intense interest in the discussion. This was important, as the fundamental aspects of decentralized technology rely on our ability to organise ourselves in new ways. The proposed structures and understanding of the limitations of our current options helped spur the discussion. We will set up online groups for all of the working groups and will hold regular Zoom meetings to combine knowledge in developing new standards. If anyone would like to join a working group (DAC, Network, Ledger, Contracts, API/Functionality, Architecture), please contact [email protected]

We hope that everyone walked away from the conference with a better understanding of blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and the Nexus technology and are inspired to get involved in projects that advance the goals of making our society better for everyone in the world. We look forward to continuing the working groups so developers, business leaders, and average users can play an active role in what we’re building.

 

Conference Gallery Photos © 2018 Monica Rose Photo

Tritium in Action

Photo © 2018 Monica Rose Photo

 

At the 2018 Nexus Conference, Colin Cantrell, Nexus Founder and Software Architect, gave a brilliant presentation explaining the latest developments of the Nexus Tritium protocol. Tritium is the first release of the Nexus Three Dimensional Blockchain (3DC), and will be followed by Amine and Obsidian. He explained the necessity of each layer of the Tritium software stack (Network, Ledger, Register, Operations, Logical, API and Interface), their different functions, and gave a deeper explanation of the Lower Level Library (LLL). Colin displayed some impressive benchmark tests comparing the Nexus Lower Level Database (LLD) read / write speeds to Ripple Nu DB, Google Level DB and Oracle Berkeley DB (spoiler: Nexus tested faster than all). He also demonstrated a live, functioning demo of Tritium with the entire stack running, and introduced many business use cases for advanced contracts.

Read the full recap and watch the presentation here.

Watch the full presentation here.

Global Embassy Distribution

The team conducted a key allocation meeting via Zoom on October 5th as part of the ongoing reorganization of the current Nexus Embassy, US. Staying true to the initiative of getting back to our roots, Colin Cantrell stated that the purpose of the meeting was to discuss global strategies, with community input on how the Embassy’s can be distributed.

It was proposed that in order to decentralize the organization, two new Embassies will be established – one in the United Kingdom, founded by Alex El-Nemer, and one in Australia, founded by Paul Screen, Mike Casey, and Nic Henry. The chairs of the meeting asked all 48 Zoom attendees whether there were any objections to the proposal, of which there were none.

US Embassy Restructuring

As part of the organizational restructure, certain positions have been eliminated or scaled down. The positions of CEO, formerly held by Ajay Ahuja, VP of Marketing, formerly held by Scott Bischoff, HR Manager, formerly held by Omnia Elawawzy, and Marketing Manager, formerly held by Wendy Katz are no longer paid positions at the US Embassy. The rest of the team want to thank them for all they have done for Nexus and wish them the best in their future endeavours. John Saviano, Nelson Sparks, and Colin Forbes (former CFO) have moved to contractor positions and will continue to help the project as needed. Alex El-Nemer will continue his activities within Global Business Development, but will couple this with leading the newly formed UK embassy.

The new Embassies will place additional emphasis on community involvement in the education of the technology. Business development will be the primary driver of marketing, as new use cases produce real stories that show the world how blockchain will help many different people. The secondary form of marketing will be blogs and updates written by the team, articles written by the community, educational videos and graphics, interviews, presentations and speaking opportunities at conferences, local meetups, and exhibits. In-house social media initiatives will continue to evolve and the team is meeting with some PR candidates to distribute communications to the mainstream media, secure placements for published articles, support the production of events, and to pitch for interview and speaking opportunities.

UK and Australia Embassies

Alex and Paul both spoke about the plans for their respective Embassies. Alex’s goal for the UK Embassy is to continue to develop relationships with companies who will increase the adoption of Nexus. They will do this through their networks by becoming a part of the Nexus ecosystem through blockchain use. Additionally, the UK embassy will hire developers tasked with building out the APIs necessary to integrate business applications with the Nexus blockchain, to increase enterprise involvement in the blockchain industry. The UK Embassy will continue to drive business development globally, but with a concentrated European focus.

The Australian Embassy will initially focus on starting an additional development team, with Paul taking on the role as an Ambassador to head communication efforts between the developers in all three countries. “The primary reason for starting all of these Embassies is a step to decentralize the project,” he said. This creates redundancy and risk mitigation as the team builds out the TAO framework and onboards new users. The plan is to hire 3-5 developers over the next 3-9 months, depending on NXS coin price, who will work on all layers of the Nexus software stack. The future plan is to scale out business development in Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia.

Key Allocation

The current proposal for key allocation includes distributing three keys to the UK Embassy, three keys to the Australian Embassy, and seven keys to the new US Embassy. Once the new model is established, there is a second stage proposal to allocate two more keys (one to the UK and one to Australia) depending on the future price point. The third stage proposal is for the three Embassies to choose another candidate each for an allocation of a key. The Australian Embassy will focus on Southeast Asia, the UK will assess some potential candidates in Europe, and the US Embassy will search for a candidate in the South American region. Each Embassy will be sovereign, independent, and accountable for managing their own finances. They will also collaborate together on technological and business development, and share outsourced support services, such as PR, if mutually agreed through consensus.

Distributed Autonomous Community

One of the most exciting events at The Nexus Conference was the working group centered around creating a Distributed Autonomous Community (DAC), so everyone who is involved in Nexus is able to have their voice heard. Facilitated by April Bunje and Jules Alexandra, the community discussed possible solutions to the problems often faced by organizations when attempting to scale. For three years, Colin has spoken about the necessity for the creation of a representative structure and a cryptographic voting mechanism, to facilitate the allocation of funds that originate from the self-funding mechanism of the Nexus blockchain. The DAC organizational design is in development, with the plan to have it fully built out with the completion of Obsidian. The current structure encompasses different voting groups. The design is in an early stage of development, and we welcome as much collaboration on the research and design of it as possible.

You can listen to the whole meeting here.

 

Onboarding Enterprise

Over the last year, Nexus has taken a unique approach to market research for the development of advanced contracts and APIs. The team has focused on business development, building partnerships that will help Nexus achieve its goals. Alex El-Nemer spoke in the key allocation meeting at the beginning of October about reaching out to companies to help them solve their most challenging problems. “When we have a meeting, we don’t go in pushing a blanket product, we just ask them, how can we help?” said Alex, explaining how the Nexus team approaches new partners.

Most companies are in the early days of understanding how blockchain technology can help them, and it’s important to educate them on what blockchains can and cannot offer. The team also helps businesses discern what they need from a public blockchain versus what can be accomplished with a public-private hybrid system. The next step is building a pilot: showing them how the code works and how it can be integrated into their systems through an API.

Many companies are already aware of the potential use cases of blockchain technology for their business model. Some have been researching and developing for a year or more, but are finding the limitations posed by other protocols, like the scaling issues on the Ethereum Smart Contracts Platform, and are now looking for a new solution. “Those that do know what it’s all about and are looking for people who can do it better than everyone else,” said Paul Screen.

Nexus’ use cases built by advanced contracts will have the primary focus on:

  1. Automated peer to peer global transactions including the transfer of asset ownership
  2. Immediate unbiased contract execution, replacing the need for third party escrow services
  3. Consumer account verification to reduce fraud relating to social engineering attacks
  4. Supply chain transparency and management, to reduce counterfeiting of goods and to prove the adherence to consumer and industry standards
  5. Tokenization of digital data to create copyrights or licenses while automating royalty payments
  6. The use of access control schemes to log and control the security to private database systems
  7. Improvements in auditing through financial transparency

Nexus has also been collaborating with TechUK, a government trade organization. Alex and TechUK wrote a blockchain use case report, which has been distributed to over 900 TechUK members, including companies such as Facebook and Amazon. This report is raising the awareness of Nexus’ innovations, and we are actively collaborating with similar bodies in other countries.

One of the industries that the team is very passionate about is music, as Colin, Alex, Brian Vena and many others who support Nexus are musicians and music lovers. One of their greatest wishes is to empower artists, by creating technology that ensures artistic talent is rewarded and supported financially. This is one of the goals of the new partnership with SoundVault, a global music licensing and royalty tracking platform.

The feedback gathered from meetings with corporations and small businesses has helped Colin and the development team shape the architecture of Tritium, taking into account the needs of different industries, thus enabling the creation of truly useful technology. The team will continue building these relationships and connecting with more companies to establish real-world use cases for the Nexus blockchain.

Nexus Partners with Spacechain

At the Nexus Conference, Nexus announced its revolutionary partnership with SpaceChain, the decentralized space agency that plans to build an open-source, blockchain-based satellite network. The partnership centers around collaboration to deploy a decentralized internet in space. SpaceChain and Nexus have discussed hosting each other’s nodes on their respective future satellites, and there are many more exciting developments to be explored. Additionally, Jeff Garzik, one of the founders of SpaceChain, is joining the Nexus team as an advisor.

Read about the partnership here.

Network Trust Update

Since the Trust update (2.5.1) on the 13th of September, which replaced the expiration of Trust Keys with trust scores, the number of Trust Keys has doubled to over 400 active keys. This shows that more people are actively staking, providing higher network security, taking NXS off the market.

Read the new Proof of Stake with Tritium Trust White Paper here.

Upcoming Events

October 31- November 2nd: Dionna Bailey and Anastasiya Maslova are heading to World Crypto Con in Las Vegas.

November 3rd-9th: Colin Cantrell and Dino Farinacci will be attending the IETF in Bangkok, Thailand

November 16th-17th: Colin Cantrell will be at CryptoFinance conference in Oslo

November 18th: Colin Cantrell and Alex El-Nemer will be at the Polish meetup in Poland. Details: https://www.meetup.com/Nexus-Earth/events/255385587/

We are excited to continue developing our technology and social structure with the help of our community.

The Nexus Team

Nexus Earth Newsletter September 2018

Nexus Earth Newsletter September 2018

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 twitter for 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:

https://nexusearth.com/technology/nexus-wallet-development-update-private-beta-1-0/

 

Tritium Development Update:

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).

https://medium.com/@colincantrell/the-tao-genesis-update-8c645a64ced9

 

Dino Farinacci Update:

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.

https://nexusearth.com/technology/an-unexpected-scalability-solution-lisp-and-nexus/

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.

https://medium.com/@bitgenstein/learn-develop-and-build-with-the-nexus-community-at-this-months-conference-49a8a3e94c6

 

Nexus Partners with BitSpace

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:

https://nexusearth.com/partnerships/nexus-partners-with-bitspace-to-advance-blockchain-technology-in-space/

Read what BitSpace had to say about the partnership as well:

https://steemit.com/blockchain/@bitspace/bitspace-partners-with-nexus

 

Development Hire: Krishna Doddi

Krishna Doddi 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 Intel as 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.

 

Community Contributions

This promo video by MrProbz highlights why Nexus is the future of Blockchain:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Xu4IMW6n2E&feature=youtu.be

 

Community Meme Contest:

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:

https://steemit.com/cryptocurrency/@nexusearth/a-brief-history-of-nexus-and-bitcoin

 

The Crypto Show with Phoenix Crypto!

Danny, Doug, and Anastasiya discuss governance, blockchain education, and the details of The Nexus Conference:

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=239482136767123&id=1691174767817156

 

It’s All About Code!

Ernest Hancock interviews Colin Cantrell on Freedom’s Phoenix radio about the Nexus tech, IETF, dev working groups, The Nexus Conference and other exciting updates!

https://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Media/245716-2018-08-17-08-17-18-roger-ver-colin-cantrell-video-mp3s-loaded.htm

 

Conclusion:

Thank you to everyone for a great month of collaboration and continued development. We look forward to seeing you at the 2018 Nexus Conference!

The Nexus Team

Nexus Earth Newsletter August 2018

Nexus Earth Newsletter August 2018

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:

https://nexusearth.com/news/nexus-wallet-development-update-alpha/

 

Satellite Update from “Satellite Guy” Phil Swazey

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.

Telegram Announcements: https://t.me/nxsearth

Telegram: https://t.me/NexusEarth

Slack: https://bit.ly/2MmYTdQ

 

Nexus Conference 2018 Update

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.

 

Community Contributions

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.

Full article:

https://nexusearth.com/technology/nexus-prime-gpu-miner-v1-0-released/

Prime GPU Miner:

https://github.com/jackdmcgowen/PrimeGPUMiner

Lightpapers: The Nexus Tritium White Paper by Peter Keay

Pete Keay published another informative article on ICOAlert, a Lightpaper about the architecture of Tritium. Lightpapers are technical white papers summarized for crypto enthusiasts.

Read Pete’s Lightpaper on Tritium:

https://blog.icoalert.com/lightpapers-the-nexus-nxs-tritium-whitepaper-1bf78ccca52a

Nexus London Meetup

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:

https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/decentralized/id1376769592?mt=2

 

An Easy Intro to the Nexus Tritium Protocol, Sekigahara Research Group:

https://medium.com/@sekigahararesearch/an-easy-intro-to-the-nexus-tritium-protocol-258ae1319d11

 

Libertarian National Convention Blockchain Panel with Colin Cantrell:

https://www.tocdr.com/toc-doctor/2018/7/18/a-blockchain-panel

 

Houston, We Have a Solution: Blockchain in the Space Industry, Cointelegraph:

https://cointelegraph.com/news/here-is-how-blockchain-will-help-to-explore-space

 

NEXUS|Nexus Cryptocurrency Review: NXS Coins:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNGeu2qTHB8

 

Conclusion:

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!

Thank you!

The Nexus Team

Nexus Earth Newsletter July 2018

Nexus Earth Newsletter July 2018

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.”

To learn more about Randall, visit his website: http://jumpinvestors.com or view his LinkedIn profile here https://www.linkedin.com/in/randall-kaplan-05858340/

 

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.  

To read the entire press release please visit: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/nexus-announces-partnership-with-foleum-green-mining-alternative-300667106.html

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.

 

Nexus Launches www.TheNexusConference.com:
Please join us for the 2nd Annual Nexus Conference!

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. 

Get your discounted tickets (20% OFF!)  here now:  www.TheNexusConference.com

 

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:  

  1. We planned for how to package lispers.net and Tritium
  2. We talked about a couple of variants to a decentralized  mapping system (LISP-Decent).
  3. We are talking about when to design and introduce a reliable multicast transport protocol
  4. Planning on when we can run Tritium on the container-set
  5. Talked with Brian on how to run nexus-qt on the container-set
  6. 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:

https://www.the-blocks.com/winners-2018/

 

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

Watch the full presentation here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6ljx5njiHU&t=1319s

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.

Read it here:

https://medium.com/@sekigahararesearch/an-easy-intro-to-the-nexus-tritium-protocol-258ae1319d11

 

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’?
  • Relevant Examples: Pricing / Contracting, Patient Owned Data, Claims processing – minimizing redundancies, Records keeping // sunshine act // JSOX

Conclusion:

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.

Many Thanks!  

The Nexus Team

 

Nexus Earth Newsletter June 2018

Nexus Earth Newsletter June 2018

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.

Read the full Tritium White Paper here: https://nexusearth.com/tritium-white-paper/

Nexus Tritium White Paper: Overview

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.

Conclusion

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!

www.TheNexusConference.com

The Premier Blockchain Event for Business Innovation

Seeking: Visionaries, Collaborators, Builders & Innovators

Building The Future Together.

The Phoenician Resort | Scottsdale, AZ

    September 19th: Blockchain 101 Course  

September 20th & 21st: Conference Programing

September 21st: Nexus Party & Networking Event

Make sure to book your rooms through the Nexus Room Block to receive our special rate:

www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/Nexus2018

Nexus Listed on Binance Exchange

Nexus is pleased to announce that it is now listed on Binance, the biggest global exchange for trade volume (at the time of publication). Nexus is available on Binance with trading pairs for:

NXS/BNB

NXS/BTC and

NXS/ETH

For support, check out: https://support.binance.com/hc/en-us/articles/360004543052-Binance-Lists-Nexus-NXS-

 

Colin Cantrell & Colin Forbes visit Australia


                                                                        
Colin C. and the Aussies  at the Nexus Booth 

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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ky1Vjh5tkLs

Nugget’s News Australia Facebook Live interview with Colin Cantrell & Colin Forbes*:

https://www.facebook.com/nuggetsnews/videos/377719662715184/

*disclaimer: poor sound quality

Colin Cantrell speaks with Crypto News Australia: https://youtu.be/ahkNgFh3kng

The Nexus Meetup in Sydney

The Nexus Team goes to Consensus, New York City

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.

Make sure to check out the interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W02HZZW4CN8&t=211s

 

Community Contributions

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!

Tritium White 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:

https://medium.com/@gjsteele71/the-seven-layers-of-nexus-tritium-simplified-e0ed657061e7

Nexus, Tritium Protocol — A High-Level Summary:

https://medium.com/@ahmedasaad_12721/nexus-tritium-protocol-a-high-level-summary-481a08cdf7a0

Smart contracts in Nexus: https://steemit.com/crypto/@imestin/smart-contracts-in-nexus

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.

Check out the Community Mining Guide Here:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1C2N-Y3kWUTtH1b9M-zGOHn7XaQVMuJnluLSnLBQxBB0/edit?usp=sharing

 

Conclusion:

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!

The Nexus Team