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Data Layer

The Data Layer is comprised of eleven core modules:
  1. 1.
    Identity: A unique peer identification, generally assigned to a single Member or device.
  2. 2.
    Node: A peer in the network that establishes Transports, stream multiplexing and content routing.
  3. 3.
    Message: A canonical format and signature structure for storing system state and constructing a zChain.
  4. 4.
    zChain: A chain of signed Messages that is secured by a Merkle tree.
  5. 5.
    Account & Avatar: A representation of account information, with the enabling capacity to combine Identities and multiple devices under a parent zChain.
  6. 6.
    Network: A public or private namespace that is shared by Accounts or Identities.
  7. 7.
    Clusters: A Cluster that represents two or more linked Networks.
  8. 8.
    Peer Routing and Discovery: A shared format to ensure consistent addressing and data routing between Nodes within the Zero Grid.
  9. 9.
    Gossip: A peer-to-peer protocol used to share messages between Nodes within the Zero Grid.
  10. 10.
    zApp: A collection of one or more custom Message format and associated validation logic that enables the development and interoperability of custom Zero applications.
  11. 11.
    Dyno: A peer-to-peer service (e.g. DAEMON) that peers can run and provide to the Zero Grid.