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|Distributed Ledger Technology|
|Are you using Blockchain?||We are not using a traditional blockchain architecture like Bitcoin or Ethereum. We are using a Directed Acyclic Graph architecture for security, scalability and interoperability with enterprise systems.|
What type of distributed ledger technology (DLT) are you using?
|We are using a Directed Acyclic Graph (DAG) architecture.|
|What's a DAG?||A DAG is a Directed Acyclic Graph. A new type of system architecture that is faster, more efficient, and secure.|
|What's the difference between a Blockchain and a DAG?||While a Blockchain and a DAG both used variations of DLT, they are implimented in different ways. The main differences are that in a Blockchain transactions are approved in blocks where each block points to the block that occured directly before it, but in a DAG each transaction is processed independently and they just have to point to previous transctions (2 in NOVAM's case) which creates more of a web structure. The DAG implementaiton allows for transacitons to be approved faster, as there is no need to wait for the next block, easier to scale, and cost less work per transaction.|
What is the difference between a Light Node and Full Node?
|A Light Node is designed to be as minimalistic and light weight as possible so that the tolll on light weight IoT devices is minimized. To do this a Light Node will prune any transaction it no longer needs or doesn't apply to it. A Full Node on the other hand is meant to be run on a more powerful computer or server. It saves all the transactions on the NOVAM Network and can see more of what is going on throughout.|
|What is needed to issue a transaction?||To issue a transaction the inputs and message need to be signed. Unlike many other DLT solutions, NOVAM has many different types of message that are not value transfers, but are still important to verify what node actually sent them. Then the node must choose two unapproved tips to validate, caluculate a simple, spam preventing proof of work, then the transaction can be submitted.|
|Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence|
|What is probabilistic mathematics?|
Simply, probabilistic mathematics is the measure of the likelihood that an event will occur. Read more about probabilitic mathemathics and theory here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Probability