@wirelineio/party
Module for selective replication of feeds.
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Wireline Party

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Module for selective replication of feeds.

Install

$ npm install @wirelineio/party

How it works

parties

Party

A Party is a virtual space in a network with a set of authorized feeds where peers can share and replicate.

Works on top of the hypercore-protocol.

It's identified by a key. You can use the party.discoverKey to find other peers in the network without leak the party key.

As a basic authorization mechanism, only the peers that knows the key can access to the Party.

Party Rules

Each Party follow a set of rules that we called Party Rules that gives you complete freedom to:

  1. Define how each peer should share their feeds.
  2. Build custom mechanism for authorization and credentials.
  3. Talk with other peers through Ephemeral Messages.

So, Party Rules defines the purpose of a specific Party, like what kind of operation each Peer can do and/or which feeds are authorized to be replicated.

Feed Agnostic

We've been talking about share feeds in a Party but what is a feed?

Our solution uses hypercore-protocol, so any data structure implementation builded on top of the same protocol it should works.

Your party can share and replicate a set of:

  1. hypercore
  2. hyperdrive
  3. hyperdb
  4. hypertrie

Usage

Single party multi-writer with two writers

const { EventEmitter } = require('events');

const crypto = require('crypto');
const ram = require('random-access-memory');
const hypercore = require('hypercore');
const pump = require('pump');

const { Party } = require('@wirelineio/party');

class Peer extends EventEmitter {
  constructor(partyKey) {
    super();

    this.local = this.addFeed();

    this.reader = null;

    this.party = new Party({
      key: partyKey,
      rules: {
        findFeed: ({ discoveryKey }) => {
          // Search a feed by their discoverKey and return it.
          if (this.local.discoveryKey.equals(discoveryKey)) {
            return this.local;
          }

          return this.reader;
        },
        handshake: async ({ peer }) => {
          // Share your feed and wait for the peer response
          await peer.introduceFeeds({ keys: [this.local.key] });

          // Replicate you feed
          await peer.replicate(this.local);
        },
        onIntroduceFeeds: async ({ peer, message }) => {
          // Event handler to process the incoming messages
          const { keys } = message;

          // You receive a new key and instance the hypercore as reader
          this.reader = this.addFeed(keys[0]);

          return peer.replicate(this.reader);
        }
      }
    });
  }

  replicate(opts) {
    return this.party.replicate(opts);
  }

  sendMessage(msg, cb) {
    this.local.append(msg, cb);
  }

  addFeed(key) {
    const feed = hypercore(ram, key, { valueEncoding: 'utf-8' });

    feed.on('append', () => {
      feed.head((err, block) => {
        this.emit('message', block);
      });
    });

    return feed;
  }
}

const partyKey = crypto.randomBytes(32);

const alice = new Peer(partyKey);
const bob = new Peer(partyKey);

const r1 = alice.replicate({ live: true });
const r2 = bob.replicate({ live: true });

setInterval(() => {
  alice.sendMessage("Hi I'm Alice");
}, 1000);

bob.on('message', console.log);

pump(r1, r2, r1, (err) => {
  if (err) {
    console.log(err);
  }
});

API

  • Arguments with ! are required, the rest are optional.
  • Arguments with [] are an Array of values.
  • Arguments with | means that could be any of the defined values.
  • Arguments with = defines a default value.

...

Background

Hypercore Protocol Feature/Constraints

  1. An hypercore connection beetwen two peers it's established using a public key in common. The first feed key.
  2. The first feed key shared is also used to encrypt the stream.
  3. Hypercore Protocol allows to share multiple feeds in a single hypercore connection: Feed multiplexer.
  4. In order to replicate a feed beetwen two peers, each peer needs to know the key of that feed.
  5. Hypercore Protocol provides a way to build extension messages on top of it.

Issues/Questions

  1. What represent the first feed key in our solution?
  2. How we share the the first feed key?
  3. How we talk with other peers to send/receive feeds?
  4. How we decide which feeds we want to replicate?

Current solutions

Multifeed

It's a module for management feeds (writer and reader) and replicate them.

The module uses a global key hardcoded or set it by option as the first feed key.

When a connection (handshake successful) is established each multifeed share their entire list of feeds with the other peer.

It's doesn't have a way to selects which feeds want to share or receive.

Hyperdb

It's a module that provides a key/value database on top multiple hypercores.

The database starts with a local initial feed and it uses the key of that feed as the first feed key.

When a connection is established, hyperdb share the list of authorized feeds with the other peer. That's how Hyperdb selects which feeds want to share o receive.

Current Tags

  • 0.2.0-alpha.0                                ...           alpha (10 months ago)
  • 0.1.36                                ...           latest (a year ago)

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