Parity Adds a Hybrid of Casper to its Custom Blockchain Toolbox

Creators of Ethereum client, Parity Technologies has added a hybrid version of ethereum’s Casper code to ‘Substrate’, its custom blockchain development framework.

The codes, which were released on GitHub on Monday, demonstrated an experimental implementation of Shasper beacon chain using the Substrate framework. Shasper is a combination of sharding scaling solution and Casper.

Developer Wei Tang, who is in charge of Parity integration explained:

“Shasper is combination of Casper and sharding. Once it lands, we should see vast improvements in terms of ethereum’s transaction throughput,” according to a report on Coindesk.

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According to the report, Tang further explained the latest release on GitHub.

He said:

“On one hand, we show that Substrate is a general framework that works for many different blockchains. On the other hand, we can hopefully provide more inputs for the Shasper specification, and speed up its development.”

The GitHub submission also indicated that little can be done until the block authoring logic is added. Tang also noted that the Substrate implementation is only the first step, calling it a “basic skeleton” which was yet to be tested.

“To really make Shasper work, there are still a lot of specification research work, as well as implementation work to be done,” Tang was quoted as saying.

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Substrate in very simple terms is a framework for creating cryptocurrencies and other decentralized systems using the latest research in blockchain technology like the WebAssembly (WASM). The framework was originally authored by Ethereum’s co-founder Gavin Wood, who is also the founder of Parity.

Parity Developer Jack Fransham explained that Substrate can be used new blockchain saving developers the need to implement all the networking and consensus code from scratch.

Casper is a highly anticipated proof-of-stake consensus switch which is expected to address scalability issues on the ethereum network.


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