Phala Blockchain

Phala Network is an offchain computing protocol designed to power the decentralized execution layer for AI agents. By leveraging secure and private computation, Phala Network aims to provide a robust infrastructure for decentralized applications that require high-performance computing.

Key Features

Phala Blockchain stands out with several core features:

  • Decentralized Execution: Phala provides a decentralized execution environment, ensuring that computations are secure, private, and verifiable.
  • Offchain Computing Protocol: The network supports complex computation off the main blockchain, improving efficiency and scalability.
  • AI Integration: Designed to support AI agents, Phala facilitates the deployment of intelligent, autonomous systems on a decentralized network.

Development and Build

Building Phala Blockchain requires specific dependencies and steps to ensure a successful build. Below is an overview of the process:

Dependencies

Phala Blockchain requires several system dependencies, Rust, Substrate dependencies, and LLVM 14.

System Dependencies

  • Ubuntu:
    apt install -y build-essential pkg-config libssl-dev protobuf-compiler
  • macOS:
    brew install protobuf
  • Protobuf Installation: Detailed installation options are available on the gRPC documentation page.

Rust

Install Rust using the following command:

curl https://sh.rustup.rs -sSf | sh

Substrate Dependencies

Initialize Substrate dependencies:

git submodule update --init
sh https://github.com/Phala-Network/phala-blockchain/blob/master/scripts/init.sh

LLVM 14

Install LLVM 14:

wget https://apt.llvm.org/llvm.sh
chmod +x llvm.sh
https://github.com/Phala-Network/phala-blockchain/blob/master/llvm.sh 14

Building the Blockchain

Ensure you have Rust and LLVM 14 installed. Note for macOS users: you will also need llvm and binutils from Homebrew or MacPort, and ensure their binaries are added to your $PATH.

Fetch submodules before building if you haven't used the --recursive option when cloning the repository:

git submodule update --init

Build the project:

cargo build --release

Running Phala Blockchain

Detailed instructions for running Phala Blockchain can be found in the provided run scripts. Refer to the run scripts documentation for more information.

Documentation and Resources

Phala Network offers extensive documentation and resources to assist developers and users:

Phala Blockchain represents a significant advancement in the realm of decentralized and secure computation, particularly suited for AI applications. By providing a secure offchain computing protocol, Phala is paving the way for the next generation of decentralized applications and services.

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