Communication: The Vital Pillar of DePIN’s Infrastructure Trio

Sending Labs
5 min readApr 3, 2024

Foundations of the Digital Age: Computation, Storage, and Communication

In the digital age, computation, storage, and communication stand as the three essential pillars that underpin the vast digital universe and its diverse applications. Each pillar plays a critical role in enabling the seamless operation, growth, and evolution of digital services, from the processing power that drives complex algorithms and applications, to the storage capacities that house the ever-growing data of the digital world, and the communication networks that ensure the uninterrupted exchange of information across the globe. Amidst this digital infrastructure, SendingNetwork emerges as a beacon of innovation in decentralized communication, underscoring the pivotal importance of secure, private, and efficient data exchange.

SendingNetwork: Pioneering Decentralized Communication within DePIN

Constructing a comprehensive communication infrastructure spans across the physical, network, and application layers. Initially, our focus is on developing Web3 routers to act as core transmission units for a decentralized internet, making them prevalent in both homes and data centers. This initiative is set to cultivate a new breed of internet service providers rooted in decentralization, supported by an innovative network layer protocol that leverages wallet addresses for connectivity. Furthermore, the introduction of the Messaging Protocol marks SendingNetwork’s first foray into application layer solutions, enabling private, secure, and unrestricted social interactions on this emerging Decentralized Internet, all designed to deliver a seamless and rapid communication experience.

The Decentralized Internet extends its functionalities beyond the Messaging Protocol, offering an ecosystem where applications requiring robust communication, like live broadcasts and multi-party conferences, thrive. These applications, notorious for their high bandwidth demands, often pose financial and resource challenges for developers. Through SendingNetwork’s Decentralized Internet, a vast network of distributed nodes coupled with strategic incentive mechanisms come into play, optimizing the unused bandwidth from user homes. This ingenious approach not only facilitates high-speed and cost-efficient streaming for bandwidth-intensive applications but also promotes a greener, more sustainable digital environment. Additionally, this network’s architecture is ideal for creating a decentralized CDN, ensuring localized, rapid communication services across various applications, thus broadening the scope and efficiency of the Decentralized Internet. Unlike the centrally managed Domain Name System (DNS) — controlled by a handful of entities capable of domain blocking and access restrictions — the Decentralized Internet operates on a wallet address-based system, ensuring open and free access.

Addressing AI’s Data Demands with SendingNetwork’s Decentralized Solutions

The rapid advancement of Large Language Models has propelled AI applications into the mainstream, transforming chat prompts into the primary interface for AI interactions, and positioning messaging as a critical gateway for AI integration. The Messaging Protocol, our inaugural application layer protocol, emerges as a key entry point for AI within the Web3 ecosystem, underlining its strategic importance.

In this new era dominated by Large Language Models, there’s an escalating demand for data alongside heightened expectations for reduced data transmission latency and increased throughput. This surge in data usage poses significant privacy concerns, highlighting the critical need for a decentralized communication infrastructure. Such an infrastructure promises to deliver a network that is not only high-speed and cost-effective but also inherently secure and private, addressing the urgent requirements of our increasingly data-driven world.

From various perspectives, the importance of decentralized communication infrastructure becomes evident:

Data Privacy and Security: End-to-end encryption capabilities of decentralized communication infrastructure ensure that data belongs to users. And combined with privacy computing capabilities, it allows AI model training and updates to occur at user-authorized endpoints,without the need to expose user data directly to third parties, safeguarding user data privacy and security.

Data Availability and Accessibility: Decentralized communication infrastructure, combined with decentralized storage, allows AI training and testing data to be distributed among multiple parties, while fast and efficient access and transmission of this data is facilitated by the wide distribution of communication nodes and effective utilization of idle bandwidth, making it more accessible and cheaper, effectively serving the distributed training and testing of AI large models.

Scalability and Reliability: As AI applications become increasingly complex and resource-intensive, scalability and reliability have grown to be the top priorities. The high-density, widely distributed node framework provided by Decentralized Infrastructure enables faster and more reliable data transmission, meeting the requirements of more complex and larger model training and testing.

SendingNetwork embeds decentralization at its core, starting from the physical layer with the deployment of specialized routers. These routers empower users to harness their unused household bandwidth, optimizing the network’s capacity. Through the integration with SendingNetwork’s network layer protocol, data caching and acceleration are significantly enhanced, benefiting dApps and similar applications. To participate, users install a specific hardware device at their premises, which not only facilitates this optimization but also provides them with a means to earn from their contributed bandwidth. This device is designed to be compatible with SendingNetwork application layer protocols, thereby playing a vital role in enriching the ecosystem. Additionally, the hardware is capable of supporting advanced privacy computing features and can be customized with unique components such as specialized network cards and privacy chips. This adaptability not only boosts the device’s utility but also aligns closely with SendingNetwork’s mission within the DePIN framework, underscoring the crucial role of physical infrastructure in the evolution of a decentralized digital landscape.

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