What is Scalaris?¶
Scalaris is a Proof-of-Stake (PoS) blockchain with a utility token called SCA. Unlike other currency-focused blockchains, Scalaris is a service-based blockchain comprised of 3 main components:
- XRouter - Provides blockchain interoperability for the Blocknet Protocol with a communication layer consisting of a decentralized inter-blockchain SPV client backend that enables the verification of blockchain records without requiring users to download the full blockchain. XRouter allows applications to interface with blockchains on the TCP/IP networking layer, enabling a true Internet of Blockchains. By default, XRouter is compatible with all blockchains.
- XBridge - Provides the ability to perform trustless exchange between any digital assets that is supported by the Blocknet Protocol via APIs. XBridge allows any application to perform decentralized exchange, opening the door to an ecosystem of decentralized trading services. See the list of compatible assets.
- XCloud - Provides a decentralized oracle network powered by XRouter. XCloud allows applications to run entirely decentralized by enabling on-chain use of off-chain data, APIs, and services, opening the door to the possibility of monetizable, fully decentralized applications.
The Blocknet Protocol is designed to maximize interoperability between different blockchains through the use of these components. Just as the internet connected computers, the Blocknet Protocol is critical for blockchains to communicate and realize full potential.
The network is powered by 2 types of nodes:
- Staking Nodes - Secures the network by staking SCA to verify the blockchain. This service earns 100% of block rewards and the fees for transactions in that block.
- Service Nodes - Hosts the full nodes of compatible blockchains, serves oracle data, audits interactions, and performs anti-spam and anti-DOS measures for the network. This service earns 100% of fees generated from use of the network's services (XBridge, XRouter, XCloud).
The following are the requirements to operate each type of node:
- Staking Nodes - A Staking Node can be operated with any amount of SCA, but staking more SCA yields more frequent rewards.
- Service Nodes - A Service Node requires 2500 SCA.
SCA is the utility token that powers the Scalaris. Fees are paid in SCA when using the network and 100% of those fees are distributed to Service Nodes for supporting the network and infrastructure. Normal transaction fees on the network are also paid in SCA and awarded to stakers. If seeking to acquire SCA, there are various options available.
Scalaris involves multiple economic models with respect to the use of the SCA token.
- Block Rewards - Scalaris is Proof-of-Stake(PoS) with 1 SCA created every minute which is awarded to stakers. Stakers also receive the network transaction fees for the block they have validated. Read more about staking rewards.
- Service Fees - Service Nodes receive 100% of SCA fees generated from the use of services on the network, including trades performed via XBridge, interfacing with blockchains via XRouter, and use of microservices via XCloud.
- Collateral - SCA is required for collateral to operate a Service Node, as well as to use certain services on the network.
- Governance - Submitting proposals to the network requires a fee to be paid in SCA and proposals can only be voted on by Service Nodes.
- Transaction Fees - Transferring funds on the network incurs a transaction fee that's paid in SCA and awarded to stakers.
The utility of the SCA token increases the buy pressure on the market, while the reward potential of operating a node reduces sell pressure on the market.