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We want to reuse the clients libp2p instance for receiving threshold signature shares directly from our users, for key resharing/rotation as validators join/leave the active validator set, broadcasting, and for other various multiparty computations. Tightly coupling this logic with the substrate client and using non-standard libp2p protocols seems the most appropriate way to do this.

It seems the best way to do this might be via forking sc-networking. Since this is not fun to maintian, might it make sense to add a feature to provide additional protocols/handlers via the sc-networking config?

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    Check out the work we've done with Orchestra in Polkadot, and the network protocol and bridge crates which use it.
    – rob
    Sep 11, 2022 at 1:58
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    It'd be nice to extract Orchestra to a separate repository or to Substrate for other projects to make use of.
    – rob
    Sep 11, 2022 at 1:59

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sc-network allows for custom notification protocols and request/response protocols to be registered with the NetworkConfiguration when starting the service.

The extra_sets define peer-sets for notifications protocols, and the request_response_protocols define request/response protocols which the nodes support.

When configuring a request/response protocol, you pass a Sender which the sc-network logic will forward incoming requests through, which allows you to handle them.

You can listen for notifications and peer events on a notifications protocol by invoking NetworkService::event_stream and send notifications with NetworkService::write_notification, or use NetworkService::notification_sender to incorporate backpressure into your code.

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