Meet Cartesi- the latest startup on the market that aims to connect Linux with the blockchain technology as we are reading further in the blockchain news today.
The scalability challenge has become one of the biggest problems in the blockchain space. However, very few people recognize that many current projects are a slight variation of Bitcoin and Ethereum and neither of which was designed with scalability, to begin with. Satoshi Nakamoto engineered Bitcoin deliberately with full consensus into the protocol thus creating a vast amount of redundancy when it comes to transactions and storage which are replicated across the entire network. Vitalik Buterin also created Ethereum as the next iteration of blockchain beyond cryptocurrencies that will allow smart contract programming.
Once the potential of technology becomes apparent, scalability started to become a serious issue. The developers attempted to address the scalability problem via multiple methods. Layer1 solutions have seen an inflow of new blockchains based on consensus models such as the delegated proof of stake or other solutions such as sharding. Layer2 solutions such as Ethereum’s Plasma or the Bitcoin Lightning have also tried to solve the problem with off-chain computations.
This is why you have to meet Cartesi. It operates based on the pragmatic principle that achieving full consensus over computation within applications is at odds with achieving true scalability. It’s a layer 2 solution that enables intensive computations to take place off-chain in the Cartesi nodes. These nodes are self-contained Linux systems that run on the RISC-V architecture.
The smart contracts from any blockchain can request all of the off-chain computations to be performed on off-chain data by the Cartesi node. The computations are happening off-chain so this makes easy for the nodes to run even more complex dApps than existing blockchains are good enough to manage. The developers can request that each node submits the result of the off-chain computations or dispute the results that are received by others.
Most programmers use Linux at some point which means that Cartesi is opening up the blockchain development to a lot more developers now. The company will implement an SDK to help accelerate adoption by the developers and Linux will become one of the most used operating systems in the world.
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