FAQ

Tachyon Protocol

1. What is Protocol?
Data transmission stands for the communication among different devices. If we want to send some info to someone, how can the data know where to go and how to go? The communication protocol is the rules system. It allows two or more entities of a communications system to transmit information via any kind of variation of a physical quantity. It defines the format, the meaning and the time needed for the messages you can send to others. So the protocol is a set of rules dictating how we communicate with the resource on the other end of this network.
2. What is TCP/IP?
When a group of protocols designed to work together, they will become the protocol suite. The TCP/IP protocol suite which is commonly used now consists of many protocols that operate at one of the 4 layers. The protocol suite is named after two of the most common protocols — TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) and IP (Internet Protocol). The four layers include Link layer, Internet layer, Transport layer and Application layer. Every layer contains different protocols.
3. What are the advantages of Tachyon Protocol over TCP/IP Protocol?
Tachyon Protocol uses decentralized structure, DHT and UDP to transform TCP/IP protocol, which improves the connection success rate to over 90% in complex environments, and its transmission speed can be increased by 200%~1000%.
Tachyon Protocol uses end-to-end combined encryption, protocol simulation and other innovative technologies to overlay the security layer for TCP/IP models, improve data transmission security, prevent data feature leakage, and improve difficulty for firewall/filter identification;
Tachyon Protocol uses concurrent multi-routing and multi-relay forwarding scheme similar to the Onion network to improve the difficulty of capturing and deciphering information.
Therefore, Tachyon Protocol has obvious advantages in terms of privacy, security and transmission speed with respect to TCP/IP Protocol. It can also fully comply with TCP/IP protocol through SDK and provide these benefits for it.
4. What is the relationship between Tachyon Protocol and blockchain?
As a decentralized Internet protocol, Tachyon Protocol relies on distributed node providers to provide traffic resources to users. In order to get the server scheduling and traffic transactions out of the centralized server and realize the decentralized network, the use of blockchain technology is crucial to Tachyon Protocol.
Tachyon Protocol releases IPX Token based on V SYSTEMS for authentication, transaction settlement, community governance, to ensure the normal operation of the entire ecology and establish a fair, transparent and efficient trading and reward mechanism.
IPX token will serve the purpose of identity verification. This is essential to the security of Tachyon Protocol Network, as without token for identity verification, the malicious nodes can easily monitor the traffic and undermine the security of the network.
IPX Token also ensures that the Tachyon founding team is not a central monopolist in the ecosystem, making the Tachyon network always driven by community participants, resulting in a more transparent and open operation with a longer life cycle.
IPX token is usable for both trading and store of value. IPX token enables the Tachyon market to operate by means of pre-session locking, instant checkout and session fee collection. Without a token, we cannot resolve Sybil and Eclipse attacks which would result in the whole network being rendered inoperable.
As an important part of incentive and coordination mechanism, Token is also crucial to the expansion of the network boundary and the development of Tachyon ecosystem. Without token, nodes are not incentivized to join the network, resulting in the inability to produce value for other business scenarios and the settlement.
5. With Tachyon, our data transfer speed can be 10x faster, how does it work?
The speed of the network transmission mainly depends on three factors: 1. the current network environment; 2. the transmission protocol used; 3. the transmission path
First, there are many influencing factors in the network environment that can cause the network connection failure, which will take a lot of time to re-establish the connection. For this reason, Tachyon Protocol can increase the connection success rate to 90% or above in the complex network environment by identifying the current network environment and selecting the available protocols.
Second, we all know that TCP is a reliable transmission protocol. It is generally used as the protocol of the transport layer. However, in order to maintain reliability, TCP protocol has made some compromises in terms of transmission speed. Tachyon Protocol uses UDP protocol instead of TCP for the primary transport protocol of transport layer, utilizes bandwidth-aware technology to maximize bandwidth utilization. In view of the nature of UDP, Tachyon also uses ACK management, FEC (Forward Error Correction) and other technical solutions to improve its reliability. Google's QUIC and IBM's Aspera are optimized at this level, and they have achieved great results.
Third, the transmission path has a great influence on the transmission speed, particularly in long-distance transmission scenarios. Tachyon combines the real-time delay, packet loss, and bandwidth information in the node to obtain the transmission efficiency between nodes in the routing path, select the appropriate transmission path, and maximize the transmission speed.

Team

1. Why do you cooperate with V SYSTEMS?
Since 2016, the Tachyon and V SYSTEMS teams have been collaborating and sharing R&D in order to find viable technical solutions for aging TCP/IP stack. We share the same vision: to improve fundamental internet infrastructure technologies and find a solution to online privacy & security.
This collaboration marks a great significance to both V SYSTEMS and Tachyon teams. As the first project to be built in the V SYSTEMS ecosystem, Tachyon Protocol will bring millions of users onto the V SYSTEMS network. At the same time, V SYSTEMS will provide technologies and sources needed to obtain a scalable blockchain DApp.
Tachyon Protocol is an association between strong parties, combined with the high-performance underlying support of V SYSTEMS, the rich operational experience and talent advantage of the encryption community, and the rich technical experience and channel influence.
2. Who are the founding members of Tachyon?
Sunny King——Inventor of Proof-of-Stake Consensus Mechanism & Founder of Peercoin, Primecoin, and V SYSTEMS
Alex Yang——CEO of V.SYSTEMS, a FinTech entrepreneur and investor
Peerchemist——a high community reputation and global developer network influence.
Jacob Gadikian——A technologist obsessed with the potential of decentralized systems
Vinko Karamatic——The technology expert with over 13 years worldwide experience in STEM, last three as a CEO.
3. Where is your company?
Our company is registered in the British Virgin Islands, where the political and legal environment is stable and the business environment is very good. We think it is a suitable place to register.
The main members work in HongKong, as well as others from all over the world. It’s actually a global team.

IPX Token

1. Is there any chance of increasing the supply?
In fact, the initial supply is 1 billion. In order to encourage more nodes to join Tachyon for network construction and community governance, and ensure the decentralization and self-development of the network, we will issue an additional 5% per year to motivate the Node Provider for a decade.
2. How to buy IPX token?
IPX Token has been listed on Bithumb and Bithumb Global! You can buy IPX token on these exchanges. The listing also opens the door for all supporters to participate in the development of the project and brings a great start to build up the circulation of IPX token to drive the whole Tachyon ecosystem.
3. What’s the purpose of staking?
To ensure the rewards are issued to the node providers that actually contribute to the network, the node providers must obtain enough IPX Token to become verified. Node providers are required to pay a security deposit in the amount of 200,000 IPX tokens after tokens are idle for a minimum of 7 days in order to complete the node verification. This is done in order to prevent the scenario where network is flooded by malicious or inactive nodes. This period of 7 days is called: “wind up period”, and it is set to align the interests of the network and the potential node provider. However, the speculative value of the IPX token may fluctuate while the tokens are locked in the smart contract. We’ve decided to have inflation based reward system of 5% per annum to encourage the nodes to keep providing the service to the network regardless of the speculative value of the token. The annual reward of 5%, along with mandatory lock-up phase, simulates the Proof of stake “staking” or “mining” found in some blockchain networks. This should help reduce the holding risk and opportunity cost of the operating node.
4. What is the maximum supply of IPX token?
In fact, the initial supply is 1 billion. In order to encourage more nodes to join Tachyon for network construction and community governance, and ensure the decentralization and self-development of the network, we will issue an additional 5% per year to motivate the Node Provider for a decade.
5. Does the token have places available for immediate usage?
On Tachyon VPN, users will use IPX Token to pay for the service. Using IPX Token for purchasing Tachyon VPN will bring more vitality to the Tachyon Network. At the same time, we will also carry out Airdrop marketing activities in accordance with the specific market conditions. Besides, if users want to join the network with their idle bandwidth, they also need IPX tokens.
6. Who will distribute issued tokens?
The team has signed non-disclosure agreement with some parties involved, so we cannot share the information in the telegram group publicly at the moment. Once the partnership or investment is confirmed and ready to announce, we will share in our official channels.
7. Does your token have a restricted area/Whitelist?
The participation in token sales is prohibited by applicable law, decree, regulation, treaty, or administrative act (including without limitation the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand, People's Republic of China (but not including the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau, and the territory of Taiwan), Thailand, and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam).

Typical Inquiries

1. Why is the first product a decentralized VPN?
As a fundamental internet protocol, Tachyon Protocol can be used in many fields. Our team has focused on the online privacy & privacy problem over 5 years. And we think decentralized VPN is a good point to show what Tachyon Protocol can do. And the concept of Tachyon Protocol has been tested for a long time. The successful performance gives us the confidence to get a further step in decentralized VPN.
There are 900 million VPN users around the world. They have urgent needs for privacy protection, network security and freedom. Compared with traditional network protocols, Tachyon Protocol has obvious advantages in these areas. These features are very suitable for landing on VPN scenario;
Tachyon Protocol’s technology in internet protocols comes from mature products which have accumulated technical experience and channel influence in the VPN industry. We think this is the best choice;
Decentralized VPN is not a new concept but no one could really make it for now because the key problem is not solved. We all know Blockchain can bring real privacy & security to the VPN market, but how to combine these two to reach the perfect result? Our answer is Tachyon Protocol. Only improving the fundamental internet protocol, solving the key problem from the origin, can a decentralized VPN be realized. This is what makes Tachyon VPN different from other similar projects.
2. How will an everyday user of a VPN service will be able to access your service?
We will provide clients for iOS, Android, Windows, macOS and other systems, and the community will also launch their clients for users based on our open-source kernel.
3. Can a decentralized VPN replace the traditional VPN?
Well, it could be a trend. A centralized VPN has limited credibility in providing cybersecurity and privacy protection. If a real decentralized VPN can be realized, the replacement will happen for sure but there are still many problems to solve. That's what Tachyon Protocol focuses on.
4. Is the code for your project open source?
https://github.com/tachyon-protocol
We mainly use Golang for project development. Tachyon Vpn is a Decentralized VPN project, which is in an open source state.
Udw is a library of Golang, which is currently in the partly-open source state and will be fully open in the future;
PoC_Payment_Channel is the Payment channel demo for usability testing developed by Ethereum, which is also in open source state.
5. Have you ever done competitive products analysis?
Yes, we did market research and competitive product analysis for decentralized VPNs in the encryption industry. Currently, there are few mature direct competitors, and most of the projects are in its infancy. For example, Orchid Protocol has just released a pre-release version that only includes a VPN traffic analyzer and does not provide VPN services. Top Network's VPN service has no technical advantages in terms of security and privacy, and its progress has been slow. So did Mysterium.
As for the decentralized VPN market, Substratum is possibly the best-known crypto project working in this field. Unfortunately, there has been little progress in their work post ICO, and to make matters worse, the project got mired in controversy early this year. Similar blockchain projects like Skycoin and Maidsafe haven’t covered much ground either.
6. What are your advantages over competitive products?
Compared with them, the difference of Tachyon Protocol is that we optimize at the underlying communication protocol level, and combine the advantages of blockchain to improve privacy protection and network security. Most of the competitive products are simply related to blockchain, such as Orchid Protocol. After two years, they haven't launched actual products yet, and the majority of the white papers describe how to use the consensus similar to PoW to avoid user transaction cheating.
Tachyon Protocol's innovations are as follows:
Using PPPoIP, DHT and other mature distributed technologies to transform the TCP/IP model, using UDP as the transport protocol of the Transport Layer, thus making the transmission network stable. And the transmission efficiency has been greatly improved;
Using the multi-protocol adaptive infiltration technology that has been verified by 50 million users, to identify the network environment, select available protocols, and increase the network connection success rate in complex network environments to over 90%;
On the TCP/IP model, using end-to-end combined encryption, protocol simulation and other innovative technologies to disguise the transmission data as other types of data, such as disguising the IP package that sends an email as accessing Google's IP Package, improve the security of data transmission, prevent data feature leakage, and improve the difficulty of Firewall/Filter identification.
Using concurrent multi-routing scheme and multi-relay forwarding scheme similar to Onion network to improve the difficulty of capturing and deciphering information;
Providing an easy-to-implement SDK to open the Tachyon Protocol to other projects.