Beginner’s Guide: What is AION? World First Third Generation Blockchain Network

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Do you believe that the blockchain technology will escalate in future? If so, you will certainly need mechanisms, bridges and processes to move your data between various blockchain networks. After all, the world runs on networking and information sharing. That’s exactly what the AION network provides in the blockchain-driven world. But what is AION exactly?

AION – The Decentralized Internet

Nuco, a Canadian enterprise blockchain firm, developed AION network that utilizes the AION token.

AION is a multi-tier blockchain system that is designed to resolve the issues of privacy, scalability, and interoperability with the existing blockchain networks.

The first-generation blockchain projects such as Bitcoin enable people to record peer-to-peer transactions on a public distributed ledger. Then came the second generation blockchain projects, such as Ethereum that allowed developers build and host their own projects, using more sophisticated algorithms.

But, both the first and second generation projects don’t leverage the power of interconnectivity of blockchain network on a global scale.

Thus, the third generation blockchain networks came into existence that made discrete blockchain communication possible. And, AION is the world’s first third-generation blockchain network!

Branded as a blockchain network, AION allows flawless communication between a variety of blockchains and help to manage its applications.

 

What is AION Network?

AION Network supports custom blockchain structures and provides a trustless mechanism for cross-chain interoperability. It passes value, logic, and liquid assets among the users of the network where transactions take place without involving intermediaries.

The first dedicated public, enterprise AION network is known as AION-1. This best-in-class, third-generation blockchain demonstrates the next level of security and crypto economic motivational incentives in the cyptospace.

 

What Is AION Network?

Image Credits: AION

 

AION Blockchain- Bringing Interoperability and Increased Security to Cryptosphere

The mainstream adoption of the blockchain technology demands interoperability. Blockchain networks must be able to communicate with legacy systems such as financial institutions to succeed.

Unfortunately, as of now, communication between the cryosphere and legacy-world is challenging.

Different crypto coins such as Ethereum, Bitcoin, Zcash, etc., can’t communicate with one another. It’s challenging for Bitcoin to know what’s going on in Litecoin network and vice-versa.

Though crypto exchanges provide a portal between digital currencies, there is still a problem. The issue is crypto exchanges are not decentralized. These are extremely vulnerable to security breaches such as hacking and blackout for long periods.

AION Blockchain aims to bolster interoperability and security in the cryptosphere. It provides a reliable solution for scalability, security, and interoperability issues to both private and public blockchains.

AION Team

Matthew Spoke, the CEO Of Nuco Global Inc. founded AION in 2017. Nuco also launched the Aion foundation and the Aion ecosystem.

The team behind this community-driven project consists of skillful software engineers, Ali Sharif, Chris Lin and Alexandra Roatis each with years of technological experience. Nuco CTO, Junius Tu, has over 15 years of experience blockchain leadership.

Business developers are Duncan Cameron and Dipesh Pradhan. The CFO, Jason Burke, and COO, Kesem Frank also hold a huge experience in cryptosphere and entrepreneurship.

AION TOKEN

Aion utilizes the ERC20 compliant AION token. The AION is facilitated initially on the Ethereum blockchain. But, users can conveniently transform it to AION network and transfer between both blockchains.

Ideal Users of AION Blockchain                             

According to AION founder and CEO, five types of users can use the AION blockchain:

1. Startups

An explosive number of startups now want blockchain technology to support their business. They usually have a deep knowledge of their businesses, but they’re not much known about blockchain.

AION helps connect their business to different blockchain-based solutions related to their niche. Using Aion network and its solutions, startups can focus on the areas where they’ve expertise in.

2. Enterprises

The interoperability offered by Aion blockchain connects the legacy industries with the crypto industries seamlessly. The Aion team has spent a lot of time to understand what prevents big enterprises from leverage the power of the cryptosphere.

3. DApp Developers

Many developers are working to develop dapps (Decentralized Apps) based on ethereum, bitcoin, etc. But, the lack of interoperability limits the developers to only one protocol. Aion solves this problem by enabling dapp developers to make transitions across multiple systems.

4. Validators

The core users of Aion are the validators, people who are in charge of consensus within the Aion ecosystem.  They monitor and verify each transaction to check its validity before transferring to the destination blockchain network.

5. Bridge Builders

Another group of Aion core users is bridge builders who will monitor interchain transactions.

Benefits of AION

Benefits of AION Network

Image Credits: AION

Aion offers following benefits to both private and public organizations:

1. Federated Blockchains

Aion enables interoperability and communication between various blockchain networks using a high-performance bridging mechanism. Users can transfer both the value and data between blockchains using this bridging mechanism.

2. Enhanced Scalability

Scalability is one of the biggest issues with the first and second generation blockchains. Aion resolves this issue of scalability by using a virtual machine. The virtual machine enables applications to function across multiple different blockchains with improved performance and scalability.

3. Customized Blockchain

You can design a customized blockchain using the Aion ecosystem while maintaining the interoperability with other blockchain networks. Your blockchain can include different consensus algorithms and virtual machines.

Build your Own Customized Aion-Compatible Blockchain

The Aion network-compatible blockchain provides each AION ERC-20 token holder with the ability to build their own blockchain and alpha capabilities. It comes with a complete ecosystem of tools and services that enable the next generation of blockchain functionalities. Features are:

  • Enterprise security and quality, BFT kernel
  • Huge scalable functionality to deploy a large network
  • Compliance with ERC20 policies and administration tools
  • Java API with low latency and high bandwidth

How Does AION Network Work?

The multi-tier Aion network consists of the following components:

1. Connecting Networks

Connecting Networks are protocols that enable communication between the private and public blockchains within the AION blockchain ecosystem. It provides the route for message transfer between participating blockchains using a bridging protocol.

Connecting network also ensures the smooth flow of transactions between networks while managing difficulties.

2. Interchain Transaction

Interchain transactions enable all connected networks to communicate with each other. The interchain transactions are created on the source blockchain and flow through bridges and connecting networks to reach the target blockchain.

Each interchain transaction consists of:

  • Payload – Actual data
  • Metadata – Information related to routine and fee
  • Merkle Proof (Optional) – Used if the sender wants to bypass the bridge

A validator at each phase of this process verifies the transaction validity. If rejects invalid transactions, and the ecosystem reverts to the previous state before the transaction went through.

3. Bridges

Bridges are validators who validate the interchain transactions across the network. It signs and broadcast the transaction as valid only if the source blockchain has sealed it and paid the forwarding fees for it.

Multiple validator groups can register multiple bridges on the same blockchain network.  The user determines which bridge to use by mentioning the target network.

4. Participating Networks

Any network eligible to join the Aion ecosystem is called participating networking. It can be a blockchain entity, oracles, database cluster, or cryplets as well.  Each participating network should be:

  • Decentralized
  • Able to differentiate between regular and interchain transactions
  • Familiar with the consensus protocol used by the bridge and to store a valid transaction.
  • Should have locktime whenever an interchain transaction is on hold.

Future of AION Cryptocurrency

Blockchain and decentralization are going to be our zeitgeists. Thus, mastering interoperability is crucial, and adoption of AION seems to be an incredible idea.

Currently, the team behind this third-generation blockchain has two major milestones to be accomplished by 2019. The first phase includes the development of Virtual Machine (VM), an enhanced proof-of-work consensus algorithm, and the releases of technical papers for Aion VM, Aion bridging and proof-of-intelligence.

The second milestone includes the bridging of all participating networks, releasing the second version of VM and the completion of the Validator Nomination consensus mechanism.

With the continuous growth in cryptosphere, the fastest expanding concept of side-chains and growing demand for interaction between blockchains, AION seems to be an obvious success in future.

*Disclaimer:  The article should not be taken as, and is not intended to provide any investment advice. Claims made in this article do not constitute investment advice and should not be taken as such. Do your own research!


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