Ethereum infrastructure project Delegate today launches a blockchain-based naming protocol called Clusters in collaboration with interoperability platform LayerZero.
Domain name services map complex blockchain addresses to human-readable names. The Ethereum Name Service is the most well-known example. ENS uses integration with oracle provider Chainlink to allow the registry of addresses from other blockchains, but the data remains stored on Ethereum as a single point of truth.
According to one person, Delegate Alternatives hopes to bring this kind of registry natively to multiple blockchains, including Ethereum, Solana, other EVM-based chains, and later Bitcoin. Post to X.
“Clusters is a cross-chain, multi-wallet naming protocol that addresses issues such as address fragmentation, wallet management complexity, and domain ownership,” LayerZero said in a Medium post. “It acts as a unified identity layer, allowing users to maintain a consistent identity across multiple chains. It is very similar to what ENS does, but it can be done natively across many chains. I will.”
In the post, LayerZero claimed that the service streamlines user interaction with decentralized applications and protocols across multiple blockchains.
How do clusters work?
LayerZero will be the primary technology behind this service. Its protocols are designed to allow messages to pass between blockchains and can be used to share value (such as tokens) or just information. “On the backend, LayerZero is used as a messaging layer to move actions and state changes across the chain, allowing the cluster to maintain accuracy across millions of names and billions of wallet addresses.” It is stated here.
Delegate, formerly known as Delegate Cash, already has experience managing blockchain addresses. Its primary protocol is used by cryptocurrency wallet owners to delegate rights and responsibilities from their wallet to another wallet. For example, a Bored Ape owner might delegate ownership of her NFT to an empty wallet she controls and use that empty wallet to sign into her Bored Ape Discord server. Even if your wallet is compromised, your NFT remains safe.
According to the company’s website, Delegate’s technology has been used to secure $993 million in assets across 182,500 wallets. Although the service only works for projects that integrate with Delegate, many top NFT projects do so, including Yuga Labs, owner of CryptoPunks and Bored Ape Yacht Club, as well as AZUKI and NFT marketplace OpenSea.
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