Research: Ethereum’s move to PoS is trading off decentralization for scalability

With the Merge finally completed, Ethereum is now running as a Proof-of-Stake (PoS) network. However, its transition from a Proof-of-Work (PoW) system has been highly controversial. Supporters of PoW mining feared that staking would centralize the network and threaten its independence. Those fighting for a PoS network touted the scalability and precision that would arise … Read more

Dimensions of Scalability in Web3 Gaming

Perun Network Sep 1 · 5 min read Gaming is taking off in Web3. The internet of ownership arrives in the fastest growing segment of entertainment. However, so far there is no widely adopted gaming project to rival big classical franchises. The reason for this observation is the scalability of Web3-Gaming approaches. In this article, … Read more

Scalability issues no more? First EVM compatible ZK Rollup live on ETH’s public testnet

Ethereum‘s scalability issues have created a whirlwind of problems for the cryptocurrency industry, however, it has also fostered a ground for innovative ideas to overcome the same. Many layer 2 solutions have emerged in the recent past in order to combat the congestion on Ethereum, including zero-knowledge rollups. An enhancement for this has now been … Read more

Perun Channels available on Polkadot

Perun Network Nov 25 · 3 min read Author: Matthias Geihs The Perun Framework is a toolkit for increasing a blockchain’s transaction throughput and enabling transactions across blockchain networks. In addition to supporting Ethereum and Cosmos blockchains, the Perun Framework now also supports Polkadot blockchains. The development of the Polkadot backend is supported by the … Read more

Redefining Scalability

StarkWare Dec 1 · 8 min read Blockchain scalability has always been a heated topic. Nearly every blockchain network touts high numbers of transactions per second (TPS) as a selling point. However, TPS is not a valid metric to compare blockchain networks with — making it a challenge to evaluate their relative performance. Moreover, big … Read more

StarkEx 3.0 now live on Mainnet

Empower L2 users to easily interact with L1 StarkWare Jul 27 · 3 min read TL;DR StarkEx 3.0 is live on Mainnet Main features: L1 Vaults & SHARP (SHARed Prover) L1 Vaults: Ethereum addresses (specifically, smart contracts) can now trade with StarkEx’s users by owning an L1 Vault — enabling DeFi Pooling & dAMM (formerly … Read more

StarkNet Alpha 1

Featuring: L1<>L2 Interaction, On-Chain Data, and the Growing StarkNet Ecosystem StarkWare Jul 19 · 4 min read TL;DR StarkNet Alpha 1 has two new features: L1<>L2 interaction On-chain data Introduction At the beginning of the year, we announced that StarkWare is building StarkNet, a permissionless decentralized STARK-based ZK-Rollup¹ operating as an L2 network over Ethereum. … Read more

Introducing Confidential NFTs (cNFTs)

Marcel Kaiser Jun 16 · 5 min read Our previously introduced scalability solution Nifty Erdstall facilitates (but is no condition for) the usage of Confidential NFTs (cNFTs). We introduce this novel trustless solution for NFT applications. It guarantees that only the current owner of an NFT can access specific data, for example high-resolution images or … Read more

Implementing Collateralized Channels on Ethereum using Go-Perun

Perun Network Mar 22 · 5 min read Previously, we introduced collateralized channels and discussed how they can enable peer-to-peer payments in an offline setting. Collateralized channels can be a solution to digital payments in an offline setting. (Icons: flaticon.com) In the following we show how collateralized channels on Ethereum are implemented using the Go-Perun … Read more

Realizing Offline Peer-2-Peer Micro-Payments via Collateralized Channels

Perun Network Mar 15 · 2 min read Payment channels enable fast local micro-payments on top of a comparatively slow global transaction backend. However, opening a payment channel typically requires that clients are connected to a global transaction backend. Therefore, payment channels cannot be established when clients are offline, e.g., when going through a rural … Read more