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Frequently Asked Questions

The origins of Syntropy

To understand Syntropy, we must first understand entropy. Entropy is best defined as the general tendency towards complexity. It can be considered a law of the universe, with everything moving toward greater and greater chaos. We define Syntropy as the opposite of entropy. If entropy is chaos and randomness, Syntropy is order, harmony, symmetry, and balance. Syntropy is the hidden order within randomness. It organizes growth and expansion.

The Internet we envision is syntropic. That doesn't require a complete replacement. Our technology is compatible with the current Internet infrastructure and its protocols. Still, it introduces global intelligence, connecting users and devices into a harmonious network that efficiently uses the underlying infrastructure. Syntropy works with the existing system's strengths while removing bottlenecks, incorporating security and optimization by default, and enabling more significant scalability potential for future technologies and applications.

Syntropy One-Pager:

What is Syntropy?

Syntropy is designed to solve issues prevalent in the current Internet framework, including security, privacy, governance, performance, reliability, and ineffective resource utilization.

It is based on a combination of technologies that includes blockchain, encryption, and optimized routing, and an economic model that enables and fosters deployment of it’s architecture.

What is DARP?

DARP is the decentralized autonomous routing protocol developed by Equinix and Syntropy Co-Founder William B. Norton that Syntropy uses to understand and analyze the Internet’s pathways.

DARP nodes constantly share latency information, creating a global intelligence layer for Internet pathways. In addition, DARP nodes relay network traffic when they provide a superior route versus the default public Internet path, earning NOIA tokens for their contributions.

The idea is that every Internet-attached device running DARP measures the one-way latency to every other node running DARP, and the payload of the measurement packet includes the measurements made to the node in the last poll cycle. In this way, every node in the group knows every one-way latency measure between every other group member.

It can guide packets along a better network path based upon measurements, including lower latency, lower jitter, higher throughput, lower packet loss, lower energy burn path, etc. Instead of a singular default Internet path, DARP gives the best path to a complete matrix of measured network paths.

Why is Syntropy important for decentralization?

Technology is rapidly decentralizing, but all of this decentralization still requires the public Internet to connect and communicate.

Unfortunately, the Internet of today is highly centralized, preventing the true democratization of technology. If we want to decentralize everything, we need to start with the actual Layer 1 technology: the Internet.

Syntropy decentralizes the Internet at its core without sacrificing compatibility with current protocols. It results in a safer, faster Internet experience that allows true decentralization to begin.

What can you connect with Syntropy?

Almost anything that connects to the Internet can connect through Syntropy, unlocking a genuinely trustless Web3 experience.

Millions of devices and applications are compatible, including IoT networks, data center infrastructure, decentralized protocols, and services.

Understanding the NOIA token utility

The NOIA token is the “gas” that facilitates connections and data transfers over the Syntropy network. As a Layer 1 technology, NOIA represents the aggregate value of information communicated across the Web3 ecosystem. It creates the initial financial incentives for this network to be created and then operated by and for the user community.

All connections and data sent through any device are accounted for in tokens. Hence, the token represents the value derived from an Internet relay and its intrinsic value within the economy.

Why do you need a token for Syntropy?

The NOIA token is what unlocks the trustless advantages of Syntropy. It's used for:

1. Establishing end-to-end encrypted connections through trustless execution
2. Storing and changing network configurations
3. Buying and selling bandwidth contracts
4. Data routing through Syntropy network

Can I stake my tokens?

We are building our chain using Substrate in the Polkadot ecosystem. People will be able to run validator nodes in our testnet and stake tokens on ERC-20 smart contracts. We will use an oracle to see which validators are running correctly, and they will receive more significant staking rewards. Running a validator will mark a huge step in launching our chain, producing a working blockchain. It will have minimum requirements for the node and some requirements like uptime and response time.

Every other token holder will be able to stake their tokens on ERC-20 smart contracts and receive rewards. Once the mainnet launches, people will move their staked tokens to nominate validators, start participating in consensus and earn staking rewards in the mainnet chain.

Our staking paper:

Our tokenomics paper:

How do I buy NOIA tokens?

You can buy NOIA tokens on Kucoin, Uniswap, Bancor, and Nash exchanges.

Unofficial listings are inevitable. With the growing popularity of Syntropy, we will see more of them, some of which will even happen without voting. The Syntropy team will communicate which listings are official and which listings are not.

We encourage you to be cautious about your funds and trade NOIA only on officially listed exchanges.

Joining the Web3 movement

Web 1 refers to the first stage of the Internet, where users were primarily consumers of content.

Web 2 represented the next evolution, transitioning the Internet from static web pages to interactive experiences and user-generated content. It spawned the rise of companies like Uber, Airbnb, Facebook, and Instagram.

Finally, Web 3 is an even more fundamental disruption. The outcome is an open, trustless, and permissionless experience — a far cry from our current highly centralized Internet system.

Where does Syntropy stand in the Web3 ecosystem?

The Web3 Foundation has done extensive research into the complete architecture of the Web3 ecosystem. The most fundamental components of this system are considered “Layer Zero” technologies.

These include zero or low-trust meta protocols (like Polkadot) that allow for the sharing of security, platform-neutral languages that create a way to execute the same program on different physical platforms, and peer-to-peer internet overlay protocols (like Syntropy) which allow all system nodes to communicate in a decentralized way.

How does Syntropy foster the Web3 movement?

Our technology makes the internet a secure experience by default, giving more power to professional and everyday users to control their data. But we’re not alone. Thousands of other projects, teams, and individuals are working every day to make the internet a user-first place.

In addition to our tech, we’re dedicating $1 million in capital over five years to support and catalyze the Alliance for an Open Internet initiative, which is led by blockchain investor and thought leader Meltem Demirors.

This Alliance is a unified hub for discussion and action around data privacy, user rights, and fair access, which is the foundation of the Web3 movement.

Connecting everything with Syntropy Stack

Syntropy Stack is a platform for developers to deploy applications using Syntropy technology. Our users can seamlessly create, automate, scale, and optimize encrypted connections between any devices or services running on a cloud, on-premise, or edge location. Syntropy Stack takes the difficulty of creating secure, optimized connections away.

It is built for developers to integrate Syntropy connection capability into their applications and DevOps teams to fully automate networks for their application deployments. Syntropy Stack allows connecting most Linux-based systems via programmable APIs, SDK, CLI, and YAML configuration files

Blockchain applications

Although blockchains are touted as decentralized software, many nodes in most of the blockchains run on the same cloud service providers like Amazon, Azure and others. In order to further decentralization, it is necessary to make the setup of a secure node infrastructure and interoperable blockchains as easy as possible.

This is already possible using Syntropy Stack. Our technology ensures the security of validators and can increase if validations are more reliable and faster. We launched several integrations already, one with Chainlink, an official integration with Elrond, Ethereum, and Polkadot. Many more are coming as anyone can do open source integration and earn rewards through our Builders program.

Once the Syntropy chain is launched, blockchains will make decentralized connections and connect or integrate into new blockchain protocols. Making connections through blockchain makes it even more secure as it allows for trustless connectivity, which is currently not available with the current infrastructure.

More on blockchain applications
A Business Case for an Internet Blockchain by William B. Norton

Gaming applications

The eSports scene is plagued with high ping and malicious attackers. To dwarf attacks and minimize latency, the Syntropy network can be used as an overlay between the players and the game servers. The Syntropy team has taken an active approach in solving the scaling and facilitation problem in gaming.

Our team specializes in autonomously creating and managing secure, optimized networks — big or small. Gaming is a natural fit. By providing security, performance, and facilitation, Syntropy can ensure an equitable and safe experience for players across any game or location.

The gaming industry has already seen a windfall of investment among organizers trying to provide the most advanced servers available for players to have an enjoyable experience. Investments in hardware will prove futile if users cannot be protected on these servers. Syntropy not only solves the problem, but its implementation is quite simple. Players can install the Syntropy Agent on their machines, use an organizer-defined configuration to connect to the gameplay server, and begin playing in a secure fashion.

We see the Syntropy Stack as a tailor-fit solution for organizers to dispel any fear of foul play. We launched several integrations already: Minecraft, Terraria, and CS:GO, which we also consolidated by organizing an CS:GO tournament with players from all over the world and $25k in prizes.

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IoT applications

As the number of IoT devices continues to grow at an exponential rate it is getting harder and harder to manage them easily and securely. The Syntropy Stack proposes an easy way to ensure stable and secure connectivity between IoT devices and their controllers without a hassle.

By using Syntropy, developers address the IoT security challenge by establishing connections which include built-in WireGuard encryption, a next-gen protocol that optimizes both security and performance. With encryption by default, the internet becomes a privacy-oriented experience from the moment of connection.

We aim for Syntropy to be the core technology to make those connections by developers and enterprises. Similarly, millions of IoT devices connected using our technology and blockchain.

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DevOps applications

There are many latency-critical applications like video streaming, video chatting, virtual private networks, etc. By using Syntropy Stack, developers can easily create connections, automate workflows, optimize connections, and monitor their networks on a granular level.

It’s easy to begin working with Syntropy, and the benefits are immediate. By installing the Syntropy Agent on each device within the network, they are automatically connected with each other, without having to configure anything further. Syntropy Stack is provider agnostic; there is no difference between connecting two AWS devices and connecting one Huawei Cloud device to one AWS device. As the multi-cloud management market grows, cross provider connectivity will be all the more important as companies begin to broaden their network ecosystems.

On top of simple connectivity, Syntropy Stack uses WireGuard for tunneling and encryption so that all communications sent within the network are secure, even if a bad actor has breached the perimeter.

By having one unified overlay to manage networks, teams now have a single source of truth for security, deployment, monitoring, and optimization. Our goal is to continue to reduce the time spent on networks, so that capacity is freed up for developers to work on core products and services that keep a company growing.

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