"Ethereum" TAG

Examining Base Layer Security and Token Value
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In an earlier dispatch, we referenced Chris Burniske and Placeholder’s work on quantifying smart contract demand via the aggregate amount of fees paid to validators or miners. While illuminating in its own right, it led our research team to consider the long-term resilience of such a fee market on Ethereum and how this relates to a...
Quantifying Smart Contract Network Demand
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Such networks, referred to by some as ‘Blockchain 3.0’, attempt to iterate on both Bitcoin and Ethereum’s core functionalities, seeking to provide marked improvements in scalability, interoperability, and privacy. While many are yet to debut, a significant number have had functioning mainnets for some time, which has led to quantifiable comparisons between these emergent networks...
Flipside’s Analysis of Stablecoin Use
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Earlier this month, the blockchain and cryptoasset analytics company, Flipside Crypto published an analysis of three popular stablecoins, Tether (USDT), USD Coin (USDC), and Dai (DAI), categorizing how people used the stablecoins in Q1 2020. The analysis focused on the on-chain flows of the three stablecoins, looking exclusively at transfers between addresses on Ethereum, thereby...
2019 Review: DeFi
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Key Takeaways The growth of the Ethereum DeFi space was a key blockchain industry trend in 2019, with applications include stablecoins, lending, decentralized exchange, and synthetic asset issuance. Despite growth in Total Value Locked and number of users, DeFi-related tokens, including ETH, saw mixed returns. A variety of key challenges animate the ongoing development of...
Overview of Ethereum Layer 2
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Key Takeaways Given limited transaction capacity available on the Ethereum base blockchain, a variety of in-development Layer 2 scaling techniques aim to increase throughput by conducting transaction activity off-chain. State Channels have fast finality times and privacy features, yet present operational challenges surrounding node liveness and are difficult to generalize beyond payment use cases. Sidechains...
Measuring Ethereum DeFi Growth
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Key Takeaways The Ethereum DeFi ecosystem has demonstrated strong growth, though highly concentrated in the lending and crypto-collateralized stablecoin sectors. While many cite Total Value Locked as evidence that all of DeFi is growing, a closer observation reveals that this metric is skewed by the importance of collateral and staking by design in the most...
AZTEC Protocol
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Overview The ‘Anonymous Zero-Knowledge Transactions with Efficient Communications’— or ‘AZTEC’ —protocol enables users to transact confidentially on the Ethereum Network. When transactions are processed on Ethereum, anyone can see the sender’s and recipient’s public Ethereum address and the amount being sent. In AZTEC’s view, Ethereum’s lack of transactional privacy is a barrier to the blockchain’s...
Blockchain Technology: Comparing Ethereum, EOS, and Hyperledger
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Overview ‘Blockchain.’ While many now associate the word with cryptoassets, such as Bitcoin, Ethereum or Ripple, the underlying blockchain technology enabling these cryptoassets largely remains a mystery to mainstream audiences. Despite this general lack of familiarity, experts in certain fields such as IT are beginning to acknowledge the potential for blockchain technology to have great...
Ethereum
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Ethereum is a distributed computing and smart contract platform, founded by Vitalik Buterin in 2013. Overview Ethereum is a distributed computing and smart contract platform, founded by Vitalik Buterin in 2013. Through its native, Turing-complete scripting language, Solidity, it enables arbitrarily complex smart contracts on the Ethereum Virtual Machine. The development of Ethereum and general...