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90. Mainframe (Published: 9th Feb, 2018)

Mainframe is the messaging layer for the new web. This goes beyond human-to-human messaging. There are many use-cases and applications for reliably, privately, and securely routing data packets through the Mainframe peer-to-peer network. Mainframe is resistant to censorship, surveillance, and disruption.

It is a team of 12 full-time people based mostly in London (a few remote developers).

Mick Hagen, the CEO/Founder, is a Princeton CS dropout, Mick started Zinch which was later acquired by Chegg (NYSE: CHGG). Mick helped Zinch grow to an international, 8-figure revenue-run-rate startup that served millions of students and 800+ colleges & universities worldwide. He is also an active angel investor/mentor in startup community.

Carl Youngblood, CTO, has been a full stack engineer for over twenty years, specializing in highly scalable web applications. He got involved in blockchain tech in 2010, delved early into Bitcoin, and invested in the Ethereum presale. He has a masters in CS from the University of Washington.

There are some main features in Mainframe.

First of all, for encryption, all communication on the Mainframe protocol will utilize the most reliable standards in end-to-end encryption. No outside party, whether government, corporate, or rogue hacker, will have access to personal messages or media.

Each Mainframe node has an asymmetric key pair associated with it. These keys are used to decrypt messages intended for this node. When one node wishes to send a message to another, it encrypts the message using the public key of the intended recipient node.

Furthermore, for dark routing, the network is built from the ground up to frustrate any attempt at tracking the path a message takes. Identifying or monitoring even the existence of communication between parties is effectively impossible.

Conventional messaging systems still allow malicious actors to glean information about who is communicating with whom. However, Mainframe prevents this using configurable dark routing. Nodes are responsible for selecting the appropriate level of specificity when addressing messages.

Moreover, with token incentivization, Mainframe can adapt as a vibrant, active, living network. The token economy incentivizes each node to provide bandwidth for packet relay and storage, data services, and file storage. Each node’s creditworthiness is constantly tracked.

Future Development
There are 3 milestones for Mainframe. The first one is “Apollo”, which will require transitional managed infrastructure before all the protocols for fully unhosted applications become available.

The second one is “Hawthorne”, which will see the beginnings of incentivization with incentivized packet routing, including node service discovery, functional swap contracts and invoicing. The last one is “Gettysburg”, which will be the culmination of the efforts to build a fully-decentralized communications platform and it will support full incentivization of all protocol layers, including packet routing, delivery, file storage, and data services.

The team looks professional in the field. They are also promising several updates and milestones. We may see if they can overcome the obstacles, and successfully implement the project in the future.

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