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The fast and light-weight Flowchain hybrid consensus miner.

Introduction

The flowchain-hybrid is a fast and light-weight Flowchain hybrid node that can mine FlowchainCoin. It is the hybrid consensus node across the Flowchain hybrid blockchain network that connects to the public blockchain and provides the puzzle and λ values to the private blockchains.

flowchain-network

Flowchain aims to implement a blockchain that can provide a distributed ledger technology for the IoT and AI. Flowchain already proposed the virtual blocks technology that can ensure chunked data (data streams) transactions in a near-instant manner. Furthermore, the virtual block technology can integrate with IPFS, an emerging distributed storage blockchain and can work as an off-chain mechanism to transfer your digital assets from one trusted party to another. Flowchain shows the implementation of a distributed storage using Flowchain and IPFS open source technologies.

In the Flowchain network, hybrid node (aka. edge node) miners can join the Flowchain mining pool to broadcast puzzles to IoT devices. The flowchain-hybrid app is built upon flowchain-ledger, the distributed ledger technloogy by Flowchain. Please read Flowchain for more information.

Prerequisite

For MacOS users:

  • Command Line Tools for Xcode - Run xcode-select --install for installation
  • Node.js 8+

For Ubuntu users:

  • Ubuntu 16.04 or above
  • Build-essential package - Run sudo apt-get install build-essential for installation
  • Node 8+

How to Use

Use Flowchain testnet

Start the index.js Flowchain node:

$ node index.js
[Verbose 15:02:10] P2P/Chord/node id = 69a3e9ec2138e70f78abeeb964d50b9512b7e959
[Verbose 15:02:10] P2P/Chord/successor = {"address":"localhost","port":8000,"id":"69a3e9ec2138e70f78abeeb964d50b9512b7e959"}
[Flowchain/IPFS 15:02:11] Hybrid
[Flowchain/IPFS 15:02:11] Flowchain-ledger
[Verbose 15:02:11] flowchain-hybrid 0.2.0/----- Genesis Block -----
[Verbose 15:02:11] flowchain-hybrid 0.2.0/{"hash":"dd0e2b79d79be0dfca96b4ad9ac85600097506f06f52bb74f769e02fcc66dec6","previousHash":"0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000","timestamp":"2018-12-09T15:02:10.047Z","merkleRoot":{},"difficulty":"0FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF","nonce":0,"no":0}
[Verbose 15:02:11] flowchain-hybrid 0.2.0/----- Start mining -----
[flowchain 15:02:11] Connect to testnet.pool.flowchain.io:3333
[Flowchain/IPFS 15:02:11] Hybrid
[flowchain 15:02:11] Hybrid node API server started on
[flowchain-hybrid 0.2.0 15:02:11] node is running at ws://localhost:8000
[flowchain 15:02:11] Connected to server
[Verbose 15:02:13] P2P/Debug/onNewThing: [object Object]
[flowchain 15:02:13] Block 1 found 0x0121ee9185bcb61cd92efa058e884687d0f355463f775139fe746fc5ecace07b
[P2P/Chord 15:02:13] successor_ttl = 6
[P2P/Chord 15:02:15] predecessor_ttl = 6

Use the Stratum protocol eth_getWork to get the lambda value. The simplest way to do it is using curl:

$ curl -X POST -d '{"id":1,"jsonrpc":"2.0","method":"eth_getWork"}' http://localhost:55752/0x0/jollen

The response:

{"lambda":"5af90b68f9051a6fe1b5a2006cc345dbeafbf9df5d4ae8cc6399f515b51bdb19","puzzle":{"q1":["f","f","f","f"],"q2":["0","0","0","0"]}}

The response message indicates that the lambda value is 5af90b68f9051a6fe1b5a2006cc345dbeafbf9df5d4ae8cc6399f515b51bdb19, meaning that the entities has to solve the puzzle by this value in a fixed time interval. In short, the entity will receive Puzzle from peers, and the Puzzle has 8 to 10 shared works from the Ethereum pool.

Configuration

The system configurations consist of 4 environment variables:

  • PROXY_PORT (Default: 8800): The web proxy server port number which will be removed in the coming version.
  • REST_PORT (Default: 8100): The REST APIs of the hybrid node which will be programmable in the coming version by using Flowchain SDK.
  • API_PORT (Default: 55752): The port number of the mining server.
  • PORT (Default: 9000): The port number of the p2p node.
export PROXY_PORT=9800
export REST_PORT=9100
export API_PORT=55753
export PORT=9000

Block Rewards

Please update the wallet address of the miner in index.js and Sign and Validating Miner Address in order to receive block rewards.

var miner = new Miner({
  // Use Flowchain testnet
  servers: [
    {
      id: 0,
      host: "testnet.pool.flowchain.io",
      port: process.env.POOL_PORT || 3333
    }
  ],
  apiServer: {
    host: process.env.API_HOST || '127.0.0.1',
    port: process.env.API_PORT || '55752'
  },
  // the server id to use    
  serverId: 0,
  worker: "flowchain-testnet",
  miner: '[PLEASE PUT YOUR SIGNED MINER ADDRESS HERE]'
});

Roadmap

Flowchain team is working on the "v1.0" public beta which we will launch along with the Flowchain public testnet. During the v1.0 development, the Flowchain project will open source by five stages.

  • v0.2: functional tests, implementation to the proposed architecture and virtual blocks technique
  • v0.4: specs and protocols v1.0
  • v0.6: security auditing and code-refactor
  • v0.8: performance improvements
  • v1.0: prepare for the main net

Bibliography

This work is based on the research papers.

[1] Jollen Chen. 2018. Devify: decentralized internet of things software framework for a peer-to-peer and interoperable IoT device. SIGBED Rev. 15, 2 (June 2018), 31-36. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3231535.3231539

[2] Jollen Chen. 2018. Hybrid blockchain and pseudonymous authentication for secure and trusted IoT networks. SIGBED Rev. 15, 5 (November 2018), 22-28. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3292384.3292388

How to Cite

@article{Chen:2018:DDI:3231535.3231539,
 author = {Chen, Jollen},
 title = {Devify: Decentralized Internet of Things Software Framework for a Peer-to-peer and Interoperable IoT Device},
 journal = {SIGBED Rev.},
 issue_date = {March 2018},
 volume = {15},
 number = {2},
 month = jun,
 year = {2018},
 issn = {1551-3688},
 pages = {31--36},
 numpages = {6},
 url = {http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/3231535.3231539},
 doi = {10.1145/3231535.3231539},
 acmid = {3231539},
 publisher = {ACM},
 address = {New York, NY, USA},
 keywords = {decentralized, flow-based programming, internet of things, interoperability, peer-to-peer, web of things},
}

@article{Chen:2018:HBP:3292384.3292388,
 author = {Chen, Jollen},
 title = {Hybrid Blockchain and Pseudonymous Authentication for Secure and Trusted IoT Networks},
 journal = {SIGBED Rev.},
 issue_date = {October 2018},
 volume = {15},
 number = {5},
 month = nov,
 year = {2018},
 issn = {1551-3688},
 pages = {22--28},
 numpages = {7},
 url = {http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/3292384.3292388},
 doi = {10.1145/3292384.3292388},
 acmid = {3292388},
 publisher = {ACM},
 address = {New York, NY, USA},
 keywords = {blockchain, decentralized, hybrid consensus, internet of things, peer-to-peer, trustless computing},
} 

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License

Copyright (C) 2018 Jollen Chen. The source code is licensed under the MIT license found in the LICENSE file.

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