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Building Blocks

Nevermined is a digital ecosystems builder where different entities can share and monetize their data and make an efficient and secure usage of it even with untrusted parties.

Nevermined packages, automate and augment multiple independent open and private software components providing a fully functional data ecosystem adapted to the requirements of the enterprises.

The complete technical solution includes the following components:

Nevermined components

Smart Contracts

Nevermined Smart Contracts provide the core of the Data Ecosystem. Using an Ethereum network and implemented in Solidity, the Smart Contracts allow the creation of complex interaction between parties around digital assets.

Decentralized Autonomous Organization framework (DAOs framework)

The control of the Smart Contracts (deployment, upgrade) is typically a responsibility of the Governance committee of the Digital Ecosystem. The team responsible for the definition, deployment and maintenance of the whole system.

A typical user of the ecosystem doesn’t need to know anything about the underlying Smart Contracts or Blockchain. All the business logic is encapsulated in the client libraries so typically there is no direct integration between the users and the Smart Contracts.

Nevermined provides a DAOs contracts framework that allows the governance of a digital ecosystem.

Marketplace API

The Nevermined Marketplace API is an Open Source micro-service that allows to store Assets metadata in an off-chain repository. It provides a plugins system allowing to persist the Metadata in ElasticSearch. The Marketplace API exposes the functionality for searching metadata using multiple filters and parameters.

The Marketplace API is typically the backend used for Data Marketplaces or Data Catalogs for storing all the Metadata of a specific domain related to a Marketplace or Catalog. It also provide the management of typical capabilities you can find in a Marketplace (user profiles, bookmarks, etc).

Nevermined provides the package and automation of the micro-service allowing an easy integration and deployment in cloud providers and Kubernetes clusters.

Gateway

The Nevermined Gateway is an Open Source micro-service in the Nevermined ecosystem. The Gateway is the technical component executed by Data/Compute Providers allowing them to provide extended data services (e.g. storage and compute). The Nevermined Gateway, as part of the Publisher ecosystem, includes the credentials to interact with the infrastructure (initially cloud, but could be on-premise).

The Gateway allows also the encryption and decryption of content via:

  • RSA
  • ECDSA

Nevermined provides the package and automation of the micro-service allowing an easy integration and deployment in cloud providers and Kubernetes clusters.

Compute API

The Nevermined Compute API is an Open Source micro-service in the Nevermined ecosystem. It’s a component in charge of orchestrating the execution of compute jobs in the premises of the Data/Compute Providers.

In Nevermined the Data/Compute Providers can publish services saying they offer compute capabilities to the network on top of their data under some conditions for a given price. The Compute API is in charge of, after all the verifications made by the Gateway, to manage all the infrastructure to move the algorithm where the data is and track the execution of these ephemeral environments.

The Compute API is a generic service exposing a REST API that can plugs different compute backends. At this point in time the Compute API integrates 2 different backends:

  • Kubernetes backend - It allows the orchestration of Kubernetes clusters for setting up compute workflows in cloud or on-premise environments.
  • Federated Learning backend - It manages the execution of FL jobs in different federated environments. It starts the coordinator and an aggregator tasks doing the management of the participants as part of a federated job and the secure aggregation of the trained models.

Nevermined provides the package and automation of the micro-service allowing an easy integration and deployment in cloud providers and Kubernetes clusters.

Software Development Kits (SDK's)

SDK's are the software libraries encapsulating the Nevermined business logic. They are used to interact with all the components & APIs of the system. Nevermined provides 3 different Open Source implementation of SDK's allowing the integration and implementation of complex use cases on top of the Nevermined Data Ecosystems.

  • Nevermined SDK JS - JavaScript version of the Nevermined SDK to be integrated with front-end applications.
  • Nevermined SDK PY - Python version of the Nevermined SDK to be integrated with back-end applications. The primary users are data scientists.

The libraries are packaged and delivered in the typical formats for each language allowing easy integration:

Command Line Interface (CLI) tool

The Nevermined CLI tool enables to connect to the Nevermined Data Ecosystem and interact with it using the command line interface. It orchestrates all the underlaying components allowing to:

  • Publish assets
  • Minting NFTs
  • Get access to assets
  • Search and discovery
  • Running remote compute jobs
  • Checking the state of Service Agreements
  • Review Nevermined deployments
  • Manage accounts/wallets
  • Some additional functionalities

Operational

Are the Nevermined tools (not Open Source) allowing to automate, integrate and operate the rest of the components of the stack. The main tools available are:

Contract Tools

Nevermined Contract Tools. The Nevermined Zeppelin OS contract management framework. Deploying and upgrading Smart Contracts in multiple environments is not an easy thing.

The Nevermined Contract Tools allow to deploy and upgrade smart contracts across multiple networks (production or testnet, public or private) mitigating the risk loose the control of the Smart Contracts or leave them in a non-functional way.

Development and Integration

The Nevermined Tools allows to execute all the components included in the stack in a local environment. Nevermined Tools make use of all the containers of the components and orchestrate the execution of them having a fully functional solution using the same software that you can find in a production environment.

This approach allows to:

  • Develop and integrate functionalities with a lower risk of issues when you move to a staging or production environment
  • Automate the integration tests in the CI environments having fully functional networks used for testing
  • Connect to remote blockchain networks from your local environment