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Co-Founder Joseph Lubin: ‘Ethereum Entering Phase 2’ Co-Founder Joseph Lubin: ‘Ethereum Entering Phase 2’

Co-Founder Joseph Lubin: ‘Ethereum Entering Phase 2’

Since the inception of CryptoKitties, the Ethereum network has become infamous for its pitfalls in scalability.

Co-Founder Joseph Lubin: ‘Ethereum Entering Phase 2’

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Since the inception of CryptoKitties, the Ethereum network has become infamous for its pitfalls in scalability. With second layer solutions underway, Ethereum co-founder Joseph Lubin confirmed that ‘Phase 2’ development is in progress.

Multi-Layer Ethereum Network

On July 10, 2018, Joseph Lubin participatedย in a panel discussion at RISE โ€“ Asia’s largest Tech conference with over 15,000 attendees โ€“ to divulge the next steps for Ethereum’s network development.

Sharing that they are now moving onto ‘Phase 2,’ Lubin conveyed the importance of layer-two systems built atop the Ethereum main chain:

โ€œ[Ethereum is moving] into a space where it can serve as the layer one trust system, and built into Ethereum weโ€™ll have hundreds of thousands of transactions in the layer two systems and weโ€™re going to see that ramified this year.โ€

Ethereum will become a base layer for decentralized applications (dApps) built on its second-layer sidechains, allowing dApps to maintain the Ethereum protocol’s security while operating independently to avoid network congestion.

Vitalik Buterin: Plans to Reach 1 Million TPS

In early June, Vitalik Buterin confirmed in an OmiseGO AMA that the Ethereum testnet was experimenting with plasma and sharding as second-layer solutions to scalability.

Shardingย is a scaling solution that uses shards, or micro-chains, to process separate types of transactions on theย Ethereumย blockchain โ€“ requiring only a group of nodes to verify relevant transactions rather than the entire network.

Similar to Bitcoinโ€™sย Lightning Network, plasma adds a second layer ofย off-chainย branches to the Ethereum main chain in order to process high-volume smart contract protocols more quickly,ย updating the base layer only when transactions are complete.

Vitalik Buterin: Sharding and Plasma to Help Ethereum Reach 1 Million Transactions Per Second
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Each second-layer system is meant to improve scalability on the platform by running dApps independently from the Ethereum main chain.

In the OmiseGO AMA, Buterin described the impact of emerging scaling solutions on theย Ethereumย network:

โ€œSo if you get a 100x fromย Shardingย and a 100x from Plasma, those two basically give you a 10,000x scalability gain, which basically means blockchains will be powerful enough to handle most applications most people are trying to do with them.โ€

Together, the two scaling solutions can compound the networkโ€™s TPS by 100x each while retaining security on theย Ethereumย protocol, creating a decentralized ecosystem that can potentially support one million transactions per second.

Following ‘Phase 2’ of development, more complex and sophisticated projects โ€“ including decentralized exchanges and prediction markets โ€“ will be able to operate seamlessly on the Ethereum network.

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