NEAR Protocol

NEAR Protocol

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Decentralized computing platform that targets low-end devices. NEAR is a highly scalable base protocol that supports dApps fast enough to bridge the gap to seamless mainstream usage on mobile devices.
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About NEAR Protocol

NEAR Protocol brings together the mobile-first nature of the modern world, industry proven sharding design and priority on end user and developer experiences. By connecting millions of mobile devices into the network and using a new way of selecting witnesses to run consensus (named ”Thresholded Proof of Stake”), NEAR enables a much more decentralized blockchain.

The protocol, which shards both the state of the network and the processing of the transactions, scales capacity linearly with the number of nodes and provides a future-proof platform for decentralized applications. Even though there are early adopters currently building decentralized applications on other protocols, it’s a very small community.

NEAR’s go-to-market strategy is to go after developers who are not currently building these applications and who may not even be aware of the potential of blockchain platforms by directly addressing the pain points of current platforms:                
1. Business models. Large corporations are monopolizing the market and limiting the business models of new entrants.               
2. Platform risk. Twitter and Facebook have closed their platform before. Google Cloud and AWS have declined service or rolled out competing products. Other platforms have been acquired by large corporations and shut down.      
 3. The liability of data. Regulations like GDPR and the ongoing threat of hacks make custody of customer and user data into a liability.   
4. Scaling and availability. Many platforms offer services to scale up applications, but they are still complex in configuration and not transparent in usage.        

Historically, the most successful developer platforms have also offered a channel to connect with end users. Current blockchain solutions are very limited in their ability to offer user acquisition channels because they don’t run natively where the users spend their time. NEAR Protocol, by virtue of running natively on the mo


A future-proof protocol must shard both state and processing. With significant adoption of the platform, no single machine would be capable of storing all the information on the chain (let alone the entire history) or verifying all of the transactions. A lot of recent sharding research in the blockchain community separates transactions into intrashard and cross-shard categories, optimizing for the former and providing a much slower solution for the latter. The NEAR Protocol assumes that transactions will touch multiple shards by default, which is the likely behavior for arbitrary smart contracts. The NEAR Protocol uses an approach similar to Map Reduce by effectively executing transactions as a sequence of map/shuffle steps, maps are processed in parallel on many nodes, and shuffle steps are moving transaction between shards. For example, a smart contract that processes a large number of payments would first debit all of the accounts in a single parallel map step, then shuffle the information about credits that need to be applied across the network, and finally apply all the credits in another map step. Performing effective atomic cross-shard transactions via map, shuffle and reduce operations has been a well-researched topic in the database community, though it has very few actual implementations due to high engineering complexity. MemSQL continuously delivers thousands of atomic cross-shard transactions with shuffles per aggregator node in a production environment. Having three early core MemSQL engineers in the team uniquely positions NEAR to build a practical implementation of atomic cross-shard map reduce transactions at scale


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Alexander Skidanov
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NEAR Protocol Reviews

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Near Protocol can be seen as a potentially promising project. The product itself is especially interesting due to the fact that it targets a big market segment of low-end devices (such as mobile phones). These low-end devices have not received much attention of prior projects up until now, and thus Near Protocol is seeing an opportunity in the space. Moreover, it aims to tackle the common problems of scalability and decentralization in the space to be capable of creating an environment in which dApps can be run by low-end devices.
Near Protocol is an infrastructure project and competitor benchmark valuations are quite high which might indicate an attractive return on investment if the project is seeking for a reasonable fundraising amount. Unfortunately not all key information is given at this stage, and thus it is not able to evaluate the projects’ business model and the token sale details.
In regards of the proposed technology, the project is claiming to provide a better sharding solution than Ziliqa (more here) while simultaneously having a ledger that is more decentralized due to mobile devices as network nodes. Up until now unfortunately no code has been publicized nor technical papers published in which all of this has been outlined. The development roadmap has also been constructed very ambitiously if one compares it to other projects in the space. This ambition comes probably from a very talented team of software engineers with extensive career histories at top companies and various achievements. Blockchain development has not been their main focus over the last years, but they have been working already on sharding solutions for MemSQL, which is used by big companies like Goldman Sachs, Uber, Comcast and many others.In conclusion, the Near Protocol project is definitely one to keep an eye on. As additional information are going to be released in the future, one will be able to evaluate the project better from an investment perspective. It will also be interesting to see if the team can indeed catch up with the ambitious roadmap and if business & marketing matters will not come too short. A team full of developers might be beneficial for the tech but can simultaneously be disadvantageous for the general project since other areas such as business development, marketing and community development are in danger to be neglected.
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