The Nervos Common Knowledge Base (CKB) is a public, permissionless blockchain serving as the layer 1 of the Nervos network.

Layer 1, the Common Knowledge Base, generates trust and extends this trust to all upper layers, promoting flexibility and scalability for layer 2s to come.

In a blockchain context, “common knowledge” refers to states verified by global consensus and CKB is designed to be a state verification system. Nervos Network separates its blockchain infrastructure into two layers: a verification layer (layer 1) that serves as a trust root and smart custodian, and a generation layer (layer 2) for high-performance transactions and privacy protection.

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