The Different Participants in the NuLink Ecosystem

The Different Participants in the NuLink Ecosystem

The success of NuLink highly depends on the inputs of the different parties involved. In fact, without these participants, NuLink couldn’t even exist.

Each participant has their own role and all help NuLink grow and achieve amazing things. Let's dive in and learn about the important roles of Proxies, Computing Providers, Watchers, Storage Providers, Data Providers and Data Consumers. 

The Basics

In the NuLink ecosystem, there are two different types of participants involved: service providers and service users. Together, these parties create a collaborative and interconnected environment within NuLink, driving its functionality and usefulness.

Service providers play a crucial role as the nodes that offer diverse services. These providers specialize in different areas - and include Proxies, Computing Providers, Watchers and Storage Providers. Service Users form the second essential group in the NuLink ecosystem - and include Data Providers and Data Consumers. They are participants who make use of the resources available in the network.

Service Providers

First, let's get into the service providers. Meet Proxies, Computing Providers and Watchers. But what do they do?


Proxies are essential to the NuLink network. The main job of a Proxy is to provide re-encryption services. Re-encryption is taking an encrypted message, and encrypting it again. It’s like putting a secret message inside another secret envelope to keep it safe while it's being sent from one place to another.

Proxies need to register and stake some of their NLK tokens for a specific period of time. By doing this, they show their commitment to the network and can earn rewards for their services. These rewards can include NLK tokens and other tokens that are based on the specific blockchain they work with.

However, it's important for Proxies to follow the rules of the network. If they don't, they can face consequences called 'slashing' - meaning that they lose some of their tokens as a punishment. 

Computing Providers

Computing Providers in the NuLink network offer privacy computing services, which means they help process data while keeping it private and secure. To participate as a Computing Provider, users need to stake a certain amount of NLK tokens for a specific period of time and stay connected to the network. 

Just like Proxies, Computing Providers have to follow the rules of the network. If they don't comply with the protocol or do something wrong, they too, can face 'slashing'. Slashing is a way to discourage improper behavior and ensure the network's integrity. 


Watchers in the NuLink network have an important role in transmitting registration information of Service Providers from Ethereum to other blockchains. They help make sure that the different blockchains have the most recent and accurate details of the Service Providers. 

The Watcher Network is governed by a mechanism called a DAO, which means it's managed by a community of participants. To become a Watcher, candidates need to stake NLK tokens.

As a reward for their work, Watchers receive rewards on Ethereum for monitoring the NuLink network's staking contract and providing updated information to other blockchain systems. This helps maintain the network's transparency and coordination across different platforms. 

Same as with Proxies and Computing Providers, Watchers are subject to ‘slashing’, if they don’t follow the rules of the network.

Storage Providers

Storage Providers within the NuLink network offer valuable decentralized storage services, providing a secure and distributed way to store data. They play a crucial role in ensuring the availability and reliability of data within the network. 

The NuLink network even has the potential to support third-party decentralized storage solutions, allowing for even greater flexibility and diversity in storage options.

As an incentive for their contributions, Storage Providers are rewarded with NLK tokens. These rewards encourage them to offer their storage capabilities to the network and contribute to its overall functionality. 

Service Users

Now, let’s get into the service users. These are the Data Providers and the Data Consumer. Below, we explain their roles.

Data Providers

Data Providers within the NuLink ecosystem hold the ownership rights to valuable data and can securely share it with Data Consumers using the network's privacy-preserving data sharing capability. They have control over their data and can choose to offer it for computational models provided by Data Consumers.

To compensate Service Providers for their services, Data Providers pay service fees. Data Providers may also charge Data Consumers for accessing their data through an off-chain channel. 

By participating as Data Providers, individuals or organizations can leverage the NuLink ecosystem to securely share their data while maintaining control over its usage and monetization. This creates opportunities for collaboration and data-driven services within the network while ensuring fair compensation for the resources and services provided by the Service Providers.

Data Consumers

Without Data Consumers, there is no NuLink. In the end, Data Consumers are not providing to the network, but they are just as crucial as the other parties involved.

Data Consumers are the ones who obtain and use data. They have two main options: they can either directly request Data Providers to share their data or use a computing model that securely uses the data provided by Data Providers. 

Data Consumers have the flexibility to engage in on-chain or off-chain trading with Data Providers. This means they can establish transactions and agreements either directly within the blockchain network or through external channels. Currently, off-chain trading is more common, but there are plans for the development of an on-chain trading market in the future. 

Key Takeaways

  • The NuLink ecosystem consists of service providers and service users, working together to create a collaborative and interconnected environment.
  • Proxies provide re-encryption services to keep data safe during transmission.
  • Computing Providers offer privacy computing services.
  • Watchers play a role in transmitting registration information of Service Providers across different blockchains.
  • Storage Providers offer decentralized storage services, ensuring the availability and reliability of data within the network.
  • Data Providers hold ownership rights to data and can securely share it with Data Consumers using privacy-preserving data sharing capabilities.
  • Data Consumers obtain and use data either by directly requesting it from Data Providers or using a computing model provided by them. 

Every participant in the NuLink ecosystem plays a vital role in shaping its success and long-term sustainability. From the service providers to the service users, each party contributes to the dynamic and collaborative nature of the network. The success of NuLink ultimately depends on the active involvement and cooperation of each party, as they collectively drive the network towards its full potential. 

With service providers and service users working hand in hand, NuLink has the foundation for a decentralized ecosystem that empowers individuals and organizations, unlocks new possibilities and paves the way for a future where privacy, security, and data accessibility are at the forefront.

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