The Pi Network has unveiled an approach to enhance the connectivity of its nodes. The project, which is gaining popularity within the blockchain and cryptocurrency community, aims to introduce the concept of a trust graph provided by Pi Contributors. This innovative approach is set to revolutionize how nodes within the Pi Network configure themselves to connect securely to the main Pi network.
To simplify the concept, Pi Network defines a correctly connected node as an “intact node,” which is essential for the network’s stability and performance. The main Pi network comprises all these intact nodes. The primary task of each node is to configure itself correctly and securely connect to this main network. This connection is crucial for the network’s proper functioning, similar to how a Bitcoin node must connect to the main Bitcoin network for its operations.
The Pi Network’s main contribution over existing consensus deployment, such as Stellar, is the introduction of the trust graph. This trust graph, provided by Pi Contributors, offers valuable information that nodes can utilize when configuring themselves to connect to the main Pi network.
One critical aspect of this new approach is the consideration of trust graph information when nodes select their quorum slices. Each node, including their security circle, must take into account the trust graph’s data. To aid users in making informed decisions, the Pi Network plans to offer auxiliary graph analysis software. This software will provide users running nodes with daily outputs that include:
1. Ranked Node Lists: Nodes ranked by their proximity to the current node in the trust graph, as well as a pagerank analysis of nodes within the trust graph.
2. Faulty Node Reports: A list of nodes reported by the community as faulty in any way.
3. New Node Applications: A list of new nodes seeking to join the Pi Network.
4. News Updates: The most recent articles from the web related to keywords like “misbehaving Pi nodes” and others.
5. Visual Representation: A visual representation of nodes comprising the Pi network, similar to StellarBeat Quorum Monitor.
6. Quorum Explorer: A quorum explorer tool similar to QuorumExplorer.com.
7. Simulation Tool: A simulation tool, similar to StellarBeat Quorum Monitor, which illustrates the expected impacts on a node’s connectivity to the Pi network when its configuration changes.
Looking ahead, one intriguing research problem is to develop algorithms that can leverage the trust graph to suggest optimal configurations to each node or even automate the configuration process. In the initial deployment phase of the Pi Network, users running nodes will have the flexibility to update their node configurations at any time. However, they will also receive daily prompts to review and potentially update their configurations based on the evolving trust graph and network conditions.
The Pi Network’s approach represents a significant step forward in blockchain technology, offering a more secure and efficient way for nodes to connect and contribute to the network’s success. As the project continues to develop, it is expected to garner increasing attention and interest from the blockchain community worldwide. Read More