High-Performance [Decentralized]

UDX is the protocol, network, and incentive layer for interoperable high-performance blockchains. It serves as open infrastructure for decentralizing the world’s transactions — at web-scale.

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The World Runs on Transactions
01.1 — The World Runs on Transactions
Every interaction in the digital economy is a transaction of one form or another. The vast majority of these transactions depend upon the coordination of centralized third-parties that are error-prone, costly, and — at times — corruptible.
The promise of Web3 is to enable the world’s transactions to be carried out without a reliance on centralized third-parties — it is the web that is owned by developers and end-users, and fueled by crypto-economic incentives. Rather than embedding trust guarantees in individuals or institutions, Web3 technologies enable trust guarantees to be embedded in the mathematical and game theoretic properties of open-source software.
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Principles of Scalable Decentralization
02.1 — Principles of Scalable Decentralization
The promise of Web3 cannot be fully realized without first overcoming fundamental limits to transaction security and transaction performance. Both are trivial computational problems -- until you factor in scale and complexity.
To support scalable and performant blockchains, underlying infrastructure must adhere to two core principles. First, transaction security is best addressed by limiting the malleability of logic — the more embedded the logic, the more secure the transactions executing that logic will be. Second, transaction performance is best addressed by shortening the chain-of-command for executions — the lower the logic is in the blockchain tech stack, the higher the transaction throughput.
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The Network of High-Performance Networks
03.1 — The Network of High-Performance Networks
UDX is a network of high-performance blockchain networks. It provides the open-source infrastructure for decentralizing the world’s transactions — in any domain, at web-scale.
UDX enables developers to launch blockchains that reach performance levels never-before-realized in truly permissionless, decentralized contexts. The network is composed of a series of specialized blockchains (S-Chains). Each S-Chain is an ultra-performant transaction processing machine that delivers high-throughput and fast finality, while benefiting from the network’s shared security properties and its main, orchestrational blockchain (the M-Chain).
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Closer-to-the-Metal Performance
04.1 — Closer-to-the-Metal Performance
UDX’s adherence to the above-mentioned security and performance principles prompted a shift away from general-purpose smart contracts and virtual machines -- and towards the advent of Domain-Specific Logic Modules (DSLMs).
Relative to prevailing architectural conventions, DSLMs take the logic down a level in the blockchain tech stack to deliver vastly improved transaction security and transaction performance. S-Chains invoke the logic embedded in DSLMs to support decentralized applications that deliver user experiences resembling those of centralized web services — with near-instant confirmations, robust security, and background processing.
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Context-Dependent Consensus
05.1 — Context-Dependent Consensus
Classical consensus algorithms are a bottleneck for blockchain scalability. UDX is developing novel consensus protocols that enable validators to reach consensus in a faster, more secure manner within a multi-chain network context.
Rather than assuming one class of consensus mechanism will meet the needs of all S-Chains, UDX is concentrating on developing a family of consensus protocols that provide projects with the flexibility to choose — and configure — the consensus mechanism that is best-suited for the use case in question. Across all forms of consensus, UDX is pioneering the notion of Latency Maps as a means for pushing decentralized application performance to the absolute limit.
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Research & Development
06.1 — Research & Development
Step-change improvements in blockchain security and performance can only follow from advancements in computer science. To this end, UDX has assembled a team of researchers from leading research institutions.
The core contributors to UDX are working towards advancing the state-of-the-art in consensus, zero-knowledge proofs, mechanism design, P2P networking, and cross-chain messaging. Primarily engaged through HENCE︎ Labs, a distributed systems R&D organization, UDX’s research and engineering contributors are situated throughout the Americas, Europe, and the Middle East. Visit hencelabs.com to inquire about opportunities for involvement.
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