Exa Protocol is a peer-to-peer distributed file system that enables humans to store their data on a decentralized storage network created using the free available storage space on mobile devices.
With the mobile first approach people who do not have the means to harness the power of decentralization and blockchain will be able to do it for the first time. This in true sense will be democratization of blockchain technology.
"We believe that the future of blockchain technology is mobile-first. The next generation of blockchain solutions will be built for the next billion people who hold a smartphone."
Mobile First Approach
The current distributed file systems rely solely on PCs to operate. This has kept a billions of people from the blockchain revolution that we are witnessing.
No Data Centers
The current distributed file systems were designed to work on PCs. No one could stop data centres to join the network and virtually break the decentralization. Exa Protocol allows only mobile devices in the network.
The protocol breaks the file and encrypts individual pieces called shards. The shards are then stored on different devices. Only the file owner knows where the files are stored and how to decrypt them.
Since the pieces of your data are stored in multiple devices, we will be using multiple peers to download or upload the data in parallel. With the advent of the 5G expect blazing fast data retrieval.
We do not use Proof of Work consensus and instead rely on Proof of Space, Proof of Replication, etc. to secure the blockchain transactions.
High TPS Blockchain
Storage infrastructure requires a blockchain with very high throughput and since Exa Protocol will be running on mobile devices, a mobile optimized blockchain is currently under development.