Current Status of Sovrin


#1

I am fairly new to Sovrin and am really excited about its potential. I’m looking for some information on the current status of the Sovrin network. I have read that a public network is currently live but I am curious if it is ready to start building apps on top of it. Here’s what I’d like to know.

  1. Agents - From reading the documentation it seems that cloud agents will be the gateway for Identity owners and Issuers to interact with the Sovrin network. Are there currently any live cloud agents on the Sovrin network?

  2. Onboarding Customers - How could a company start enabling its customers to generate their own DIDs and make use of everything Sovrin has to offer? Is this possible today?

  3. Key management - What is the current status of a DKMS solution? If it is still under development, are there any interim solutions for individuals managing their keys?


#2

I’m no expert on these topics, but here are the answers to the best of my knowledge:

  1. Agents are currently the hot topic right now. The network itself is functional and is maturing, and a lot of work is moving over to standardizing and making protocols for agents working off of the Sovrin network. However, because so many details are still being ironed out in this area, agents are still rather primitive.
  2. You can already do this! It is actually quite simple with the CLI provided by indy-sdk. Connect to the STN and start play around with it!
  3. Key management is considered to mostly be a problem for agents to handle. However, I’ve heard of a couple of ideas floating around about integrating keys more tightly with the agent protocol and delegating agent authority with a key. The agent discussions are where you find more on that.

For the most up to date information, I would join the Indy Working Group call, and possibly the Indy Agent Working Group Call.

Also, this is only to the best of my knowledge; if I’ve said anything inaccurate, please correct me!


#3

Thanks for sharing your knowledge Steve.
I’ll start working through the indy-sdk tutorials.
Is there any documentation about the public Sovrin network, specifically around the native token and transaction fees. I’m curious as to what costs would be involved in creating DIDs on the public Sovrin network.


#4

My knowledge concerning the token is rather murky, so I really can’t say much. Someone else is probably better suited to answer that question.


#5

Did anyone read this post by Microsoft about building support for DID?

What is Sovrin’s official response to this? How will this affect Sovrin long term?


#6

Also, Microsoft has put a lot of thought and work into building something that can scale globally to the required volume of transactions. Is this something that Sovrin has considered? How will Sovrin scale to global transaction volume?


#7

I as well as many others from the Sovrin ecosystem have been working with Microsoft in the Decentralized Identity Foundation. They’ve been doing great work on this and I can say that we intend to be compatible with these DIDs, which is one of the great features of the SSI ecosystem.

As for our take on scalability, we have spent quite a bit of time looking at how we can scale. One thing we’ve realized is that the majority, if not all DIDs that should go on the Sovrin ledger would be used for issuing credentials to other identity owners. This is necessary because DIDs that are used for issuing credentials need to be used to post a credential_definition to the ledger. This also grants the DID public discoverability so that any verifier can find the issuing DID to verify credentials.

All other DIDs that are used for communication would rely upon DIDs that are not anchored to any ledger and still provide similar capabilities. These DIDs would be setup in a pairwise way using the DID:peer method spec. This means that in the case of a general individual using it as planned right now, their cost would be nothing and the load on the ledger would be greatly reduced.

As for the cost of writing to the ledger today, I would suggest checking out this blog post. Given no token sale has been announced, I don’t think anyone will be able to tell you the cost with a Token.