Interoperability Framework
We have recently seen Blockchain systems gaining traction and attracting new use cases for decentralized finance (DeFi), metaverse, asset tokenization, and other distributed applications. For example, major layer-1 platforms such as Ethereum, Solana, Cardano, and Algorand have emerged with distinct features and development ecosystems that make them desirable for different dApps, use cases, and communities.
We are witnessing this growth because no single Blockchain can solve everything. Therefore, the ability of these networks to interact meaningfully with others through cross-chain communication is necessary to unlock a wide range of Blockchain-enabled solutions.
Our interoperability approach is different from cross-chain connectivity which focuses only on two chains or multi-chain interactions that enable multiple chains to connect to a single network but not to each other. As an omnichain, interoperable platform, the Analog network creates a shared infrastructure where all chains interact, allowing frictionless transfer of event data. Ultimately, our goal is to leverage validated event data to eventually transfer assets and liquidity.
The diagram below illustrates the core differences between cross-chain, multi-chain, and omnichain interoperability (Analog’s solution):
High-level distinction between cross-chain, multi-chain, and omnichain interoperability.
Unlike pairwise bridges, sidechains, or oracles (mentioned later) that are primarily centralized ecosystems, the Analog network is an entirely decentralized ecosystem where time nodes do not have any barriers to entry. The platform enables sovereign Blockchains—each with its own consensus protocol, use case, and token design—to seamlessly interoperate while benefiting from Analog’s scalability and security.
The core of Analog’s interoperability feature is a cross-chain event data transfer (XCEDT) protocol that guarantees valid trustless delivery. The messaging protocol provides a mechanism by which separate and sovereign Blockchains can voluntarily interact while sharing only a minimum requisite common Timegraph API in a private, secure, and trustless manner.
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