The Temporal blockchain

Introduction

This section provides an overview of the groundbreaking new technology.

The Temporal network achieves truly decentralised scalability, near instant transaction speeds
and unprecedented transaction throughput, using low resources and future-proof cryptographic
security.

With our improved network routing, the removal of the block size limit and a system architecture
that ensures a single, randomly selected node confirms all transactions for 60 seconds, the only
limitation to transaction throughput is the hardware and bandwidth of network participants. This is
shown by the fact that we have demonstrated simulated transaction throughput speeds of 120,000
transactions per second in a laboratory environment.

The critical elements of the network architecture are the Temporal Blockchain, the
consensus and Routing Algorithms, and the use of proven truly random numbers based on
quantum interference science.

Temporal technology provides the network with an archivable blockchain,
distributing blockchain data storage across a range of specialised nodes in order
to allow low-powered devices to participate in the network.
The Consensus Algorithm is a unique approach to blockchain consensus,
which by definition allows one – and only one – leader to be selected at any given
time. This eliminates any potential malicious fork. It also eliminates the energy cost
associated with proof-of-work consensus model, improving the overall network
efficiency.

The Routing Algorithm removes the need for the use of any type of gossip protocol because, by design, each node has an accurate and up-to-date global overview of the network and transactions are sent only to the leader node, rather than
to all nodes.

The NIST Randomness Beacon uses quantum mechanical effects to generate
proven truly random numbers that are used to secure the Temporal Blockchain
network. Other equivalent sources of randomness have been identified and proven
and are described in the rodmap section of this document as alternatives.

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