Abstract: Stratos is the infrastructure for decentralized services. If I can compare the Earth to a blockchain ecosystem, then Stratos will be like the stratosphere, surrounding the blockchain ecosystem and providing the trinity of decentralized storage, decentralized database and decentralized computing for various blockchain applications.
Origin of Stratos name
The word Stratos comes from the word Stratosphere. The stratosphere is an important layer of the Earth’s atmosphere, with its lower boundary located at 10KM above the surface, 8KM at the poles, and its upper boundary at a height of about 50KM above the ground. The atmosphere in the stratosphere flows mainly in the horizontal direction, while the vertical flow is weak, so the airflow is smooth and there is almost no up and down convection.
Stratos is the infrastructure for decentralized services. If I can compare the Earth to a blockchain ecosystem, Stratos will surround the blockchain ecosystem like the stratosphere, providing a trinity of decentralized storage, decentralized database and decentralized computing for various blockchain applications.
The significance of decentralization in the era of decentralization
Compared with centralization, the two most important points of difference of decentralization are equal rights and data attribution. In a decentralized system, any participating party is on the same level and all data is attributed to each data creator, not to the system. For example, the centralized system Google’s personal services, data search, web storage, and email services are free, but they are all in exchange for personal data to Google, which will use the personal data to earn commercial benefits.
Classified by equal rights and data attribution, blockchain is decentralized. Every node participating in the blockchain is equal-weighted, and while the nodes with more arithmetic power or those involved in pledging have a greater chance of gaining the right to get out of the block, the rights among these nodes are fair. Although the ledger data of the blockchain is public, it is different from the centralized network, and the key data corroboration right belongs to the owner of the private key only, which cannot be deprived by anyone.
On the other hand, is decentralization the blockchain? Here I would like to redescribe it in technical terms. Blockchain is a network in which multiple nodes participate asynchronously and forcefully synchronize multiple data and finally reach consistency within a fixed time interval through consensus algorithms. Blockchain is a successful example of decentralized design and implementation, but it is definitely not the only solution. Some decentralization projects have forced blockchain design to incorporate different business requirements, and instead of achieving results, they have botched the process.
Blockchain design model from Bitcoin after decades of validation, through the different implementations of various different public chains proved one thing, that is, blockchain is an excellent model to provide public ledger and smart contract services on top of ledger, but other than that, blockchain design model is not suitable for other decentralized resource services projects.
Stratos, as a decentralized service infrastructure, uses different decentralized design models rather than being limited to the design of the blockchain itself, and will be the infrastructure of the blockchain industry, thus providing a full range of services for the entire blockchain industry, rather than just binding to a public chain, let alone a public chain. Stratos will be the infrastructure of the blockchain industry, thus providing a full range of services for the entire blockchain industry, not just tied to a public chain, and not just a public chain ecological add-on.
Since the birth of the blockchain industry in 2010, the industry has been looking for a breakthrough to serve traditional industries, but because the blockchain industry can only provide public ledger services, blockchain projects have been slow to progress in industries with non-ledger related needs. At the same time, the unprecedented development of token economy in the blockchain industry and the fact that the vast majority of projects are centered around token finance has led to more misunderstandings among many people outside the blockchain industry. Since there are no widely used applications appearing in traditional industries that people can see on a daily basis, many people outside the blockchain industry believe that blockchain has no practical value and that decentralized systems do not live up to their name. The real situation is that decentralized systems are not widely used in traditional industries not because traditional industries do not need decentralized services, but because current decentralized services cannot meet the needs of traditional industries.
Stratos decentralized service infrastructure is designed and developed not only for the blockchain industry but also for better service delivery to the traditional industry, and Stratos will eventually prove that decentralized systems can provide more efficient, secure and stable infrastructure and services to the traditional industry by opening the door to commercialization of decentralized services.
The Life and Times of Stratos
The Stratos team is made up of a group of top developers from Canadian National Railway, Amazon, Expedia, Huawei, Alibaba, and others, each with top-notch enterprise development experience.
During my 7 years at Mindgeek, as the founder of the Cloud team, I designed and developed the company’s overall data platform from scratch, processing millions of users’ data per second and providing various data services to over 100 million users worldwide every day. I have also designed and developed the company’s overall data platform from scratch. The design and development experience based on the global data network created the previous life of Stratos, giving Stratos the DNA of a large commercial application from the beginning of its design.
Stratos decentralized storage was born with the golden key to high performance storage.
Stratos is a combination of 4 modules and 3 tiers.
The 4 modules are Blockchain, Decentralized Storage, Decentralized Database and Decentralized Compute. Just like the Earth needs air, water, soil and sunlight, each element is necessary to provide the necessary conditions for everything to grow. The combination of four modules with various applications will also provide various decentralized services for blockchain industry and traditional industry.
The 3 layers are value layer, resource layer and metadata routing layer. Each layer corresponds to a different consensus method, the value layer uses Proof-of-Stake (PoS) consensus, the resource layer uses Proof-of-Traffic (PoT) consensus, and the metadata routing layer uses Proof-of-Authority (PoA) consensus.
The design of three layers and three consensuses solves the impossible triangle problem of decentralization in a clever way maximum.
PoA is the closest consensus algorithm to centralization, ensuring that the metadata routing layer remains efficient when decentralized
PoS is to ensure the security and environmental friendliness of the value layer
PoT is a fully decentralized consensus algorithm that ensures that the resource layer can expand infinitely, allowing more resources to join the Stratos network
The 3 layers are also 3 different types of nodes that miners can choose to join the Stratos network depending on their hardware specifications and needs.
The four modules of Stratos are composed of three levels, which combined with different consensus methods form a solid iron triangle inside Stratos, providing stable, reliable and efficient decentralized services to customers.
Stratos’ unique incentive mechanism PoT
Most of the blockchain projects on the market today use PoW and PoS consensus mechanisms, but they all have significant limitations and drawbacks. In the real world, the number of traffic and users is usually the measure of the value of Internet companies. Because traffic will bring more attention, which in turn brings huge business value and revenue, so traffic as a value measure is in line with the law of value.
From another perspective, if a node needs to handle higher concurrent traffic, it needs higher overall performance of the node. The overall performance of a node is determined by computing power, storage and network bandwidth, so a consensus approach like PoT to motivate network miners will be healthier and more effective than PoS or PoW. Instead of focusing on storage or workload, miners need to focus on overall performance and increase the network bandwidth per machine to keep the Stratos network healthy and efficient as it expands.
The development of Web 3.0 is not only about the richness of applications on Web 3.0, but also about the stability and efficiency of the underlying Web 3.0 network. Therefore, Stratos, through the PoT consensus method, can better motivate all participating miners to maintain the effectiveness of the network, which in turn can promote the healthy and prosperous development and operation of the Stratos network in the long run.
The Stratos ecosystem and its applications
Stratos is based on four different modules that are combined in different ways to form a harmonious and mutually reinforcing ecosystem of decentralized products and applications.
- Acceleration Network (Decentralized CDN)
Stratos decentralized storage not only allows users to efficiently upload and download data, but also allows them to play audio or video directly across the network without the need for prior download. This will be an important feature for every user or developer. Developers can use this feature provided by Stratos to make possible a “decentralized YouTube” or “decentralized Apple Music” in the future.
- Evolutionary NFT
The NFT platform was developed by combining blockchain and decentralized storage. It not only provides users with a platform for trading digital asset copyrights, but also for trading digital asset usage rights.
For example, it is common for musicians to retain the copyright and sell their music to fans digitally, but this is not possible on the current NFT marketplace, but can be easily achieved on the Stratos NFT marketplace, where a musician only needs to sell the copyright of his music once, or just by selling the right to use it and let more fans hear his music. When Stratos launches the Rights to Use NFT platform, it will transform the NFT platform from a luxury auction platform to a digital marketplace for all. Music, videos, games, artwork, legal contract templates, and other products will be easily traded on the platform once they are digitized.
- Enhanced Prophecy Machine (Oracle)
Stratos’ decentralized database can help build a new prophecy machine platform.
Unlike other prophecy machines that rely on financial penalties to prevent nodes from doing evil, Stratos can fundamentally use technology to directly ensure that prophecy machines cannot tamper with any data.
In terms of data structure, Stratos completely removes the limitation that market blockchain can only store ledger information. Stratos decentralized database can support richer data structure and can better collect data of different dimensions from different sources for cross-calculation to ensure the credibility and richness of the final data output.
- Decentralized social media
The key to decentralizing social media is the equal rights between accounts and the ownership of each account’s data. stratos’ decentralized database can completely guarantee equal rights and data ownership, and no longer let the centralized voice of social media override and drown out the voice of any individual account.
- Edge computing and IoT computing
Stratos not only encourages small data centers to access the network as a whole, but also welcomes individual nodes to access the network to provide decentralized computing services. Small data centers can form the backbone of the Stratos network, the information superhighway, while individual nodes are the branches and leaves of the superhighway. Although the computing power of individual nodes is limited, individual nodes can take advantage of the low latency of the network to provide edge computing services needed by users around the nodes for smart appliances, smart home networking, and industrial IoT devices.
Improving emerging industries
Over the past decade, blockchain has served as the primary technology providing a platform for many emerging industries, such as decentralized finance (DeFi), virtual currencies, non-homogenized tokens (NFT), decentralized exchanges, and more. However, all of these applications are unable to meet all the needs of the market and users in some aspects, such as the inability to simultaneously perform end-to-end (end-to-end) services for transactions, storage, computation and decentralized databases.
Stratos not only sees these needs, but also provides a more secure, complete and efficient solution than similar products in the market, which not only meets the needs of different business scenarios, but also completes the infrastructure and architecture of the whole industry, providing a one-stop solution and service.
Enter the traditional industry
It is not because traditional industries do not need decentralized solutions, but because decentralized solutions are temporarily unable to meet the business requirements of traditional industries from various aspects.
Stratos is helping to open the door to traditional industries by providing a full set of decentralized infrastructure solutions plus decentralized CDN, evolutionary NFT, edge computing and other services to build a global Stratos network. At the same time, Stratos is also actively engaging with relevant project partners and has entered into several strategic partnerships to develop products and services based on the Stratos ecosystem.
The Era of Decentralization
Humanity has gone through many eras, from the Paleolithic to the Neolithic, from the steam engine era to the electrical era, to the Internet era in recent years. However, the development of centralized Internet platforms in recent years has reached a bottleneck and an oligopoly, winner-take-all centralized aggregation phenomenon has emerged. After the rapid development of the centralized platform will inevitably appear the boom and bust, built on the centralized platform of the Internet centralized social media platform and the relationship between the participants is gradually from a positive-sum game into a zero-sum game.
We believe that the era of decentralization will soon arrive with much anticipation, and that the equalization of power and data rights brought about by this era will greatly stimulate and promote the rapid development of productivity.
Stratos decentralized infrastructure will greatly shorten the arrival of the new era of decentralization. Stratos will build a blockchain empire like Bitcoin in 2010, and will greatly enrich the prosperity of blockchain like Ether smart contracts in 2015, and Stratos will become the most solid cornerstone of the decentralized era, supporting decentralized services. Stratos will become the most solid cornerstone of the decentralized era, supporting the infrastructure of decentralized services, providing air, water and sunlight for the development of blockchain industry and decentralized systems, making the whole ecological development in the stratosphere, more robust, more prosperous and more sustainable.
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