Relaynet Protocol Suite Specifications

This website hosts the official Relaynet specifications. If you’re new to Relaynet, you may want to start by watching a high-level explanation of how it works and the demo of the proof of concept with Twitter.

Main Specifications

The following specifications provide the foundation of the network and are therefore the top priority of the project. At this point, the best way to contribute to the project is by providing feedback on these specs.

Informational Specifications

The following specifications are available for informational purposes only, and there are no requirements for Relaynet software vendors to comply with them.

  • RS-019 (Security Threats) describes the general security threats that end users, service providers, relayers and software vendors should be aware of when implementing and using Relaynet.
  • RS-012 (Service Integration Scale) categorizes the degrees to which Relaynet can be integrated in a service. This can be useful to understand the vision of the project and how future applications could be built on top of Relaynet.

Future Extensions

The following documents are placeholders for future extensions:

  • RS-017 (Adaptive Relay) will keep latencies low when the underlying network (e.g., the Internet) is available.
  • RS-010 will define a JavaScript interface that browsers or browser extensions can expose to make it easier and safer for client-side apps to send and receive parcels.
  • RS-011 (AsyncRPC) will define a service that encapsulates RPCs in Relaynet messages. Only meant as a steppingstone until the actual service supports Relaynet.
  • RS-013 (Message Broadcast) will add support for the Publish-Subscribe pattern.