# Cudos Network
The Cudos Network is a special-purpose blockchain designed to provide high-performance, trust-less, permission-less cloud computing for all.
Builders on the network get access to:
🔧 High application performance
🏗 Developer-friendly smart contract tools
💱 Composable asset management
Users of the chain benefit from:
🔐 High cryptographic security
🔬 Public blockchain transparency
📬 Cross-chain interoperability
🌳 Carbon-neutral transactions
Designed as a scalable alternative to larger, more expensive chains the Cudos Network allows complex applications to run completely on-chain where that would've previously been prohibitively expensive or simply impossible due to gas limits. Cudos Network runs on a Delegated Proof of Stake (DPoS) consensus model, with Validators checking transactions and providing compute cycles for DApps on the network to consume.
Developers, individuals and businesses will deploy next-generation smart contracts that leverage CosmWasm (and later EVM via Ethermint) with the security assurances of distributed ledger technology. This higher level of performance and security is possible thanks to the Cudos blockchain’s ability to leverage a strong community of Validators with a robust node infrastructure. This gives users of the Cudos Network a high level of confidence in the various enterprise and developer use cases that are subsequently deployed.
What makes the Cudos Network stand out from other blockchains is the deep level of integration for high-performance compute capacity at the very core of the network. This allows Cudos to provide an extra computing layer to blockchains, unlocking an extensive array of additional use cases for which high-performance computing power is needed.
Cudos Network is built using Tendermint Core and inherits its Delegated Proof of Stake (DPoS) algorithm. In addition to leveraging Tendermint Core, the Cudos Network is supported by the Cosmos SDK to achieve high throughput, availability and security. This architecture allows easy cross-chain compatibility with many other blockchains, particularly those already built on the Cosmos SDK, by leveraging the nascent IBC protocol for moving assets between these systems securely.
The promise of computing, which is core to the Cudos Network’s mission, is also expanded beyond Cosmos-based blockchains through bespoke bridges and cryptographic approaches to cross-chain interoperability. Cudos Network launches with a bridge to Ethereum, and we plan to expand our compute offering to a wider array of networks in the future.
# Design Principles
- Making efficient use of the world’s existing computing resources
- Multi-chain support
- Public, permission-less software > privately owned source code
# CUDOS Token
The Cudos Network is powered by CUDOS, the native token on the network, which can be used for; funding compute workloads (as gas), contributing to network security (as stake), and governance participation.
CUDOS can be bridged between the Cudos Network and Ethereum (and vice versa) using the Gravity bridge.
# Existing CUDOS Products
The underlying elements to support Cudo Network have been under development since 2017 primarily in the form of Cudo Miner which is live with over 150,000 users signed up in over 145 countries, and around 20,000 nodes running various blockchain and compute workloads. The OS, front-end software, management software, billing engine and all the other available features are all available at cudominer.com (opens new window).
Cudo Ventures has many global partnerships in place with data and compute providers and is working to bring these existing entities on-chain to supply scalable compute to the Cudos Network. These compute partnerships allow Cudos Network to plug into under-utilised or redundant hardware which helps make better use of existing computational resource, as opposed to building new hardware and further contributing to the climate crisis.