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