The permissionless SQL database for Web3-enabled applications
Kwil is the first permissionless database that enables structured data storage across a decentralized network. Kwil extends the functionality of traditional relational databases by providing a layer on-top of existing engines that enforce rules necessary for building secure, permissionless data stores.
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Kwil combines the structure and utility of a traditional OLTP database with the guarantees of decentralized networks. Broadly speaking, users can think of it as a relational database with the following features:
- Secure, permissionless, deterministic relational data storage and retrieval.
- Integrates natively with other Web3 platforms, concepts, and tooling.
- Supports a variety of access control rules, network configurations, and value accrual mechanisms.
Kwil network data is replicated across a sufficient number of nodes to guarantee that at any point in time, there is an accurate and available copy of a database's active state. Not only does this ensure uptime and resilience, but it also enables users of applications built on top of Kwil to relax their trust assumptions for an application, in favor of the trust guarantees provided by a distributed ledger.
The Kwil network offers a unique method of writer access-control for applications. While it is common for user authentication to be part of the application layer in the centralized stack, Kwil provides a suite of tools to enable developers to bake access-control directly into their application's data. By making access configurable at the protocol level, Kwil solves for many of the security and privacy concerns plaguing typical distributed storage networks.
Embedding Value In Data
Smart contract platforms enable developers to code with programmable money. In a Kwil database, developers are able to atomically capture the value of data to assets that exist on other blockchains. By combining tokens with valuable data, builders are able to create new business models, value capture mechanisms, and user incentives that couldn't exist previously.