¿Qué es Phala Network? (PHA)

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¿Qué es Phala Network? (PHA)

By The Phala Network Team

La red Phala es un protocolo de computación en la nube descentralizado que pretende rivalizar con los servicios tradicionales de computación en la nube, como Amazon AWS o Google Cloud.

Cloud computing refers to the maintenance of large, web-based data repositories that provide computing resources, such as data storage and computing power, for end users.  With the Phala network, excess capacity from everyday computers can be put to work while creating a more distributed approach to cloud computing and storage.

Phala aims to provide these services through a decentralized, global network of computing resources with the ability to scale for performance while also optimizing for confidentiality and security.

To accomplish this, Phala uses two types of “worker node” participants that enable the network to operate:

  • Gatekeeper nodes organize interactions between Phala network users, as well as interactions with other blockchains. Gatekeeper nodes are responsible for maintaining the blockchain state and consensus rules. 
  • Miner nodes run a CPU network and fulfill various computation responsibilities by renting their computer power to the network. 

Using two types of nodes in the Phala network helps to separate consensus and computation responsibilities across the network.

Of note, the Phala team launched Khala (PHA) on the Kusama network in order to provide a cloud computing network on its platform. Khala secured the fourth parachain slot auction in July 2021.

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¿Quién creó Phala?

Phala fue fundada en 2018 por Phala Network Foundation y está liderada por el ex ingeniero de software de Google Hang Yin, el ex director de producto de Tencent Marvin Tong, entre otros.

Phala Network Foundation ha recaudado 1,68 millones de dólares en dos rondas de ventas privadas de tokens desde 2019, lo que ha permitido distribuir el 15% del suministro inicial de tokens a los inversores. El proyecto también recibió tres subvenciones de la Fundación Web3.

El cripto token PHA se lanzó como token de Ethereum en septiembre de 2020 y como token de Kusama en 2021.

¿Cómo funciona Phala?

Phala is being built as a Polkadot parachain, which is a custom blockchain that feeds into the main Polkadot blockchain, called the Relay Chain. The Relay Chain is responsible for Polkadot’s shared security, transaction settlements and consensus. Through integration with the Relay Chain, Phala benefits from Polkadot’s base features. 

Further, as a parachain, Phala believes it will be quick to connect to the other parachains that are built in the Polkadot ecosystem. Phala participants, who send requests to the network as transactions and the miner nodes, conduct the computations needed to ensure transaction validity and network integrity.

To provide confidentiality, work on the miner node’s CPUs is done within a secure enclave called a Trusted Execution Environment (TEE). This encrypted area within most modern computers’ processors ensures that even the owner of the mining machine cannot see or tamper with what is stored inside of the enclaves of their computer.

Phala gatekeeper nodes act as a broker to create end-to-end encryption between the users and the CPU Miners while ensuring transactions remain private at all times. Once the information gets to the secure enclave, it gets decrypted and executed. The results of this information request are then re-encrypted before being sent out of the enclave.

Phala states that any computation run on the platform, whether it be machine learning data for enterprises or smart contract execution for DeFi apps, is private and versatile across use cases. 
For example, Phala leveraged its technology to create Web3 Analytics, a platform that collects and processes personal data in a confidential way. Confidential smart contracts can perform data analyses on this data only when authorized by the users, giving them total control over their own data.

Why Does PHA Have Value?

PHA is the native utility token of the Phala Network and is used for its cloud-based economy. The PHA token, which has a maximum supply of 1 billion PHA, helps secure the network and maintain the network’s governance mechanism.

Any participant wishing to purchase computing resources and services can do so with PHA, whether it is an external blockchain needing to add resources or an individual looking to confidentially store data. In turn, those who provide resources to secure the network can be paid in PHA.

PHA is also used by gatekeeper and miner nodes, who must stake their PHA to perform their duties. Staking ensures that if they act maliciously, their staked PHA will be slashed as a penalty. Last, anyone who acquires PHA can become a stakeholder and participate in the on-chain governance of the parachain, meaning they can vote on any proposed changes to the Phala network.

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The Phala Network Team
The Phala Network Team

El equipo de Phala tiene como objetivo permitir un contrato inteligente confidencial de aspecto general para DApps y DeFi.

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¿Por qué utilizar Phala?


Phala puede ser útil para los participantes que deseen acceder a los servicios de computación en nube de una manera más privada y anónima.

Las empresas pueden recurrir a la plataforma de Phala si buscan soluciones técnicas que cumplan con la normativa de privacidad y puedan aliviar los riesgos de violación de datos.

Además, los proyectos de finanzas descentralizadas (DeFi) que deseen añadir funciones de confidencialidad o cálculos de datos en cadena pueden hacerlo utilizando la red Phala.