Posted on April 1, 2018
Zilliqa is a new blockchain platform that is designed to scale in transaction rates. As the number of miners in ZIL increases, its transaction rates are expected to increase as well. Specifically, Zilliqa’s design allows its transaction rates to roughly double with every few hundred nodes added to its network.
The cornerstone in Zilliqa’s design is the idea of sharding — dividing the mining network into smaller consensus groups called shards each capable of processing transactions in parallel. If the mining network of Zilliqa is say 8000 miners, the network automatically creates 10 sub-networks each of size 800 miners, in a decentralized manner without a trusted coordinator.
Zilliqa’s native token, ZIL, gives platform usage rights to the users in terms of using it to pay for transaction processing or run smart contracts.
– The first blockchain to successfully implement sharding
– Sharding makes the Zilliqa network extremely scalable
– Since miners can reach consensus on multiple blocks during an epoch, they are guaranteed more stable rewards with low variance.
– Lots of well established competitors in the ICO platform market
– Since they are the first to implement sharding, it has not yet been extensively tested
– Zilliqa has its own programming language which is a barrier for anyone wanting to program smart contracts on it.
The Zilliqa mainnet is not live yet. Their testnet v1.5 was launched in Q1 2018.
Q1, 2018: Releasing public testnet v1.5 – Resilience and recovery – Support for basic features of smart contracts – Performance optimizations – Feedback & bug fixes
Q2, 2018: Launching the first version of Zilliqa public mainnet
Computational sharding for smart contracts
Q3, 2018 Releasing dApps
Zilliqa uses PoW only to establish identities and prevent sybil attacks. Zilliqa does not use PoW to reach consensus on blocks.
Their consensus protocol relies on shards. They are independent group of nodes which are responsible for validating a portion of the transactions. In order to do so, each shard will need to decide on its own consensus. This will be done by another consensus approach named Byzantine Fault Tolerance Algorithm or PBFT protocol. At a high level, for each shard, a leader is selected. This leader will validate a constant amount of transactions and create a new block. Then the block will be validated by the other nodes of the shard. If the vast majority of the nodes in a shard accept the block, it will be addressed to the DS Committee in order for the block to be accepted in the general consensus of the Zilliqa blockchain.
Being an ICO platform, ZIL is similar to Ethereum, Neo, Qtum, etc.
In partnership with Mindshare, Bluzelle, Trinity and Global Brain Blockchain Labs.
ZIL is traded on Huobi, Binance, Kucoin and Gate.io.
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Zilliqa Price history
March-27-2018: 0.047 USD
March-1st-2018: 0.050 USD
Jan-25-2018: 0.136 USD
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