OrangeLayer Architecture

OrangeLayer solves a significant challenge in the blockchain space: establishing economic security for decentralized infrastructures beyond smart contracts, such as bridges and sequencers. Securing these types of infrastructure traditionally required developers to bootstrap their own economic security, a complex process.

That problem is being solved by restaking, a paradigm that allows stakers and liquid stakers to power applications on Ethereum and earn additional yield. While this is certainly pushing the boundaries of innovation, existing restaking form introduces systemic risks to the applications.

Recognizing this, OrangeLayer introduces an innovative approach by leveraging the security and value of Bitcoin to empower decentralized infrastructures. This allows for a distributed network of nodes to reach consensus more efficiently without the drawbacks of proof of work's energy intensity or proof of authority's centralization concerns. Since OrangeLayer does not restake BTC, it eliminates systemic and liquidity fragmentation risks. All the applications built on top of OrangeLayer rely on only one asset: BTC.

Addressing the Bootstrap Challenge

Bootstrapping economic security for new projects is a daunting task. Developers must attract stakers to invest in potentially volatile and scarce native tokens of new networks. Moreover, stakers face the dilemma of forgoing other rewarding opportunities, such as the yields offered by existing platforms. While existing restaking applications do help, the existence of various liquid staking protocols and their own restaking paradigms creates a highly fragmented source of liquidity, which can fall victim to mishappenings on the underlying protocols.

OrangeLayer tackles these all of these challenges by:

  • Facilitating a platform that connects stakers with infrastructure developers, enabling the pooling of security rather than its fragmentation.

  • Allowing the exclusive use of Bitcoin for staking (whether its BTC on native Bitcoin chain, wBTC on Ethereum and/or on any other chain), enabling stakers to contribute to the security of various infrastructures.

  • Providing a novel way for stakers to earn rewards, thereby enhancing the attractiveness of participating in new and emerging infrastructures.

The Architecture Evolution of OrangeLayer

The architecture of OrangeLayer has been meticulously developed to support Bitcoin staking across a wide array of infrastructure projects. Key elements of the OrangeLayer protocol include:

  • Staking Pool Manager: This component simplifies the staking process by organizing and managing pooled Bitcoin assets.

  • Delegation Manager: This is crucial in assigning and overseeing network validators, ensuring consensus mechanisms work seamlessly.

  • Slashing Manager: This ensures the network's integrity by identifying and penalizing any misconduct within the ecosystem.

A critical component underpinning the platform's innovative approach to decentralized infrastructure and Bitcoin staking is the Guardrail Manager. This specialized module plays a pivotal role in ensuring the overall security and robustness of the OrangeLayer ecosystem, particularly when it comes to managing distinct staking modules for Bitcoin assets like wBTC and native BTC.

Guardrail Manager: Ensuring Comprehensive Security

The Guardrail Manager is designed to oversee the various staking modules within OrangeLayer, each tailored to a specific form of Bitcoin asset. This includes:

  • wBTC Staking Module: Facilitates the staking of wrapped Bitcoin (wBTC), integrating Ethereum's DeFi capabilities with the security and value of Bitcoin.

  • BTC Staking Module: Allows for the direct staking of native Bitcoin, leveraging the core security features of the Bitcoin network.

By managing these modules, the Guardrail Manager ensures that each Bitcoin asset's unique security considerations and operational nuances are adequately addressed. This involves implementing parameters and controls designed to contain the "blast radius" in the event of any security issues, minimizing potential impacts on the broader OrangeLayer ecosystem and its participants. Building on a Foundation of Careful Threat Modeling

The parameters governed by the Guardrail Manager result from extensive threat modelling focused on the Bitcoin asset. This process involves:

  • Identifying potential threats and vulnerabilities specific to each type of Bitcoin asset being staked.

  • Analyzing the implications of these threats on the overall security of the OrangeLayer platform and its users.

  • Developing and implementing tailored parameters and controls within each staking module to mitigate identified risks effectively.

Through this careful and methodical approach to threat modelling, the Guardrail Manager plays a crucial role in safeguarding the assets staked within the OrangeLayer ecosystem and preserving the integrity and trustworthiness of the platform itself.

Adding the Guardrail Manager to OrangeLayer's protocol highlights the platform's commitment to security and its proactive stance on risk management. By overseeing the various Bitcoin staking modules and implementing strategic parameters based on thorough threat modelling, OrangeLayer ensures a secure and resilient environment for speakers and infrastructure developers alike. This forward-thinking approach reinforces OrangeLayer's position as a leader in blockchain innovation, paving the way for a more secure, decentralized, and interconnected digital future. OrangeLayer is at the vanguard of blockchain innovation, making it simpler to build secure, decentralized infrastructures through the strategic use of Bitcoin. By bridging the gap between stakes and infrastructure projects and pioneering the generalization of economic security using Bitcoin, OrangeLayer is breaking new ground. This initiative marks a significant advancement in lowering the barriers to entry for securing decentralized networks, contributing to a more robust and interconnected blockchain ecosystem.

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