AI Network works as event-driven application backend. The lifecycle of application request is as follows.
Client (dApp) sends transactions to blockchain
Block state of blockchain node is updated by the transaction.
Block state listener listens to the path and triggers event to the worker.
AIN workers executes functions for the path and may generate another transactions. If it generates another transaction it goes to (2) and updates block state.
Dapp registers listener to the blockchain data and gets result through the modified blockchain state.
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Figure1. AIN Triggers listen for value changes of specific paths in the blockchain state. When a trigger is invoked, AIN workers generate additional transactions as a result. These additional transactions may subsequently trigger other workers if necessary.