Úno 27

Tendermint Thinks It Will Be Better Than Bitcoin

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People have argued that the Bitcoin mining process is inefficient, wasting electricity and creating a negative impact on the environment. Some people have even suggested that this inefficiency has put Bitcoin at a great disadvantage, making it vulnerable to more environmentally friendly blockchain projects. Tendermint is one of those projects, and the team behind it believes that they have come up with a blockchain solution that is more effective and efficient than Bitcoin, and even the highly-praised Ethereum.

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Jae Kwon, creator of Tendermint, got the inspiration for his project from those arguments that Bitcoin mining was inefficient and harmful. While doing research on Byzantine fault tolerance — the ability of the network to prevent the Byzantine Generals’ Problem — Kwon came across the 1988 paper, “Consensus in the presence of partial synchrony.”

After reading this paper, Kwon says things “started to click.” Reading about “classical” Byzantine fault tolerance methods created the early conception of Tendermint in Kwon’s mind. Kwon said:

“Everything started to click and I realized that classical BFT algorithms from academia could be adopted to secure blockchains. Not only is it more energy efficient, it turns out it’s much faster to commit transactions, it’s scalable, you can run parallel blockchains, and it’s potentially much more secure. I wanted to create a possible competitor to Bitcoin.”

Ethan Buchman of Eris Industries joined Kwon shortly after Kwon embarked on his project of making a Bitcoin competitor. The pair forked Ethereum’s virtual machine and integrated with with Tendermint’s Byzantine Consensus Algorithm. This algorithm claims to provide:

  • 10,000 transactions pers second per blockchain day
  • 1 second block times
  • The most advanced Byzantine fault tolerant consensus algorithm
  • Accountability and regulatory compliance.

As a “blockchain ‘agnostic’ platform,” Tendermint has the ability to run “hundreds” of parallel blockchains, which theoretically gives the platform the ability to host applications with features to suit pretty much everyone’s needs.

Kwon told Bitcoinist that once Tendermint becomes available to developers:

“I expect some of the Ethereum smart contracts to become standalone TMSP [Tendermint Socket Protocol] applications. As well as existing blockchain stacks will get ported to TMSP, like Bitcoin and go­ethereum. Besides cryptocurrencies and asset applications, we expect to see new database applications built for the blockchain as well. Applications that involve light­clients like payment applications for mobile phones and name­resolution for browsers are also anticipated.”

Tendermint claims that developers can use this platform to “modularize and specialize multiple parallel blockchains.” Through the Tendermint Socket Protocol, developers can code in any language, which the Tendermint team thinks will entice “regular developers” to get interested in building blockchain applications, since they won’t have as steep of a learning curve.

One of Tendermint’s biggest points of pride is that it can reportedly provide all these services without “all the energy required for PoW consensus,” unlike Bitcoin and Ethereum, which they believe is “quite a feat.”

The development team also has plans for expansion and new applications on the Tendermint platform. Dustin Byington told Bitcoinist that they are creating a Tendermint application called “GovernMint.” This application will reportedly address issues surrounding “management and governance of blockchains and validator sets.” Byington gave an example of where GovernMint could be used:

“If you have a consortium of 40 banking nodes, how do they decide how to add or remove a node? How do they decide to accept or reject a proposed application?”

According to Byington, Tendermint-based GovernMint “will address [the above] issues and many more.”

But can Tendermint really deliver all that it has promised? They say that “only time will tell,” but time has not been so kind to Ethereum, a distant relative of Tendermint. When the project first launched, Ethereum promised that its conceptual smart contracts platform would make possible functions that we could never dream of doing on the Bitcoin blockchain. A lot of time has passed, though, and Ethereum hasn’t achieved much more than releasing its token, Ether, spending a lot of money, and making a lot of promises that haven’t been realized yet.

As ambitious as Tendermint sounds, it’s easy to assume that the project will end up a lot like Ethereum — a lot of talk and not many results. But maybe Tendermint is right, maybe Proof of Work is holding Bitcoin and Ethereum back, and maybe Tendermint really does have a Bitcoin-killing platform. History may not be on Tendermint’s side, but its developers soldier on.

What do you think about Tendermint? Let us know in the comments below!

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Tendermint Thinks It Will Be Better Than Bitcoin

Úno 09

Tendermint to Unveil UI, Demo First Blockchain Apps

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Vancouver, B.C. — ​Attendees of the San Francisco Block Chain Conference at Mission Bay Conference Center will be witness to the unveiling of a blockchain­building architecture modeled for the world of enterprise software development.

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San Francisco­-based Tendermint is behind a novel architecture allowing for the creation of blockchain technologies through a simple and intuitive platform, and will unveil their blockchain manager user interface (UI) and demo its first simple blockchain applications at the Block Chain Conference this week.

Dustin Byington, co-­founder and president of Tendermint, said: “Reception has been really positive. The ease of application development and ability to program your blockchain applications in any language is a huge selling point.”

“Additionally, a big differentiator is that Tendermint is much more general than other asset-­based architectures. This allows us to handle a broader set of use cases, such as those involving lines of credit — a necessity for verticals like foreign exchange.”

“Tendermint’s blockchain architecture is unlike anything out there, and we’re confident of the design choices we’ve made” ​said co-­founder and CEO of Tendermint, Jae Kwon. “We look forward to demoing a few apps running in various languages this week, and finally revealing our blockchain manager UI.”

Since the Tendermint project began in 2014, it has evolved from a token-­based competitor to Bitcoin to a more modular design offering the flexibility in programming today’s industries seek.

“The Tendermint Blockchain Platform is built for the demanding and complex world of enterprise software development. It is fast, secure, scalable, modular, and regulator friendly,” said co­-founder and chief technology officer Ethan Buchman.

“But while our platform is enterprise grade,” said Kwon, “we seek to lower the barrier to entry to blockchain application development and welcome developers of all kinds. Often the hardest problems are solved in garages.”

Tendermint’s apparatus offers potentially greater security than what Bitcoin’s blockchain can provide. The platform uses classical Byzantine fault­tolerant consensus, a model adapted from academic research. Additionally, it is much faster because it uses quorums and public-­key cryptography to secure the ledger, rather than electricity and hash­-mining.

For more information on Tendermint visit: www.Tendermint.com.

About Tendermint

Tendermint is an open source blockchain development project that removes the previous complexities associated with blockchain development so that large institutions, as well as smaller, independent programmers can create their own blockchain technologies easily and efficiently.

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Jae Kwon, ​co-­founder and CEO of Tendermint, created Tendermint to save the world from needlessly wasting electricity to secure distributed ledgers. Along the way he realized that using quorums and cryptography instead of energy and hashing affords many advantages such as speed and scalability.

Dustin Byington​, co-­founder and president at Tendermint, Dustin worked at Goldman Sachs through the financial crisis which opened his eyes to the many problems within the banking industry. After getting his MBA he turned his efforts towards solving these longstanding problems through the use of blockchain technology.

Ethan Buchman​, co-­founder and chief technology officer at Tendermint, Ethan sees consensus algorithms as a 21st century means of binding humanity; driven to empower humans with new ways to coordinate and reach agreement at scale.

Peng Zhong​, front-­end engineer at Tendermint and one of the few designers that can code ‘unicorns’. Peng is motivated to spur blockchain adoption by creating easy to use and beautiful user interfaces.

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