Farewell to Intensive Computation: Innovative Linux Infrastructure for Highly Scalable Decentralized Applications

SparkAmpLab Editorial Team
May 8, 2019

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If you’ve lately been on the lookout for exciting new startup trends and game changers or under-the-radar innovations that don’t typically get as much press as the big players, sit back and take a read at this article.

Cartesi, a science, technology and engineering startup based in Taiwan, offers a one-of-a-kind decentralized and highly scalable Linux-based blockchain architecture – helping businesses overcome problems with blockchain application infrastructure and scalability.

Blockchain applications that take advantage of Cartesi’s core technology are not only safer and easier to build but also significantly more powerful and can be ported over to a variety of blockchains.

The Problem with Poor Scalability and Inefficient Computation

As it stands, deployed consensus mechanisms follow a full redundancy model – i.e. every transaction must be stored permanently and validated by each participant. It is this key inefficiency that is holding back transaction growth rate, computation intensity within transactions and the amount of data involved.

Inevitably, what follows are increased latency and high transaction costs which pose a clear barrier to innovative blockchain applications that can otherwise benefit a great deal from the flexibility that smart contracts contribute to the blockchain.

How Cartesi Benefits Blockchain Architecture to Improve Flexibility and Efficiency

Cartesi, a Layer-2 platform used for the development and deployment of scalable decentralized blockchain applications, is exhibiting in Collision this month. And with good reason.

Cartesi DApps are fully hybrid, meaning that they include blockchain and off-chain components. The latter operates within a network of Cartesi nodes, each respective node representing the interests of a DApp user.

The developers can decide to delegate all the heavy processing to the off-chain component, which is divided into two modalities: a native computation modality and a reproducible modality. The first runs directly on the Cartesi Node, leveraging the host's hardware power. The later runs on the Cartesi Machine, that's controlled by the Cartesi Node itself.

The fact of the matter is intensive computation modalities are simply not practical inside the blockchain – they are slow, expensive and restrictive in nature.  

With a Linux infrastructure, intensive computations can be performed off-chain, complete generality can be had for developers and consensus can be reached on-chain in a far more efficient way.

Whether it’s finance, software, logistics, healthcare, science or gaming – Cartesi’s decentralized blockchain architecture is a game changer.

Closing Thoughts

The blockchain architecture revolution promises to replace centralized systems and return control where it belongs: to the people.

With the absence of repeating computations across all nodes which leads to an unscalable and restrictive environment, Cartesi’s blockchain application based infrastructure layer achieves consensus over intensive computations involving huge amounts of data.

With Cartesi, computations run outside the blockchain, and therefore, any disputes arising over them can be settled inside the blockchain at a negligible cost.

The end result? Limitless power to decentralized applications – DApps using Cartesi are portable to different blockchain architectures, way more powerful and easier to build – paving the way for real-world computations to the blockchain.

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