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Kachina: privacy-preserving smart contracts

Leveraging ZK Snarks to enable privacy-preserving smart contract functionality without sacrificing decentralization characteristics

5 August 2022 Olga Hryniuk 4 mins read

Kachina: privacy-preserving smart contracts

Smart contracts present a standard approach to expressing complex interactions between two or more parties willing to exchange currencies or data in a decentralized way. Smart contracts are effectively automated digital agreements on a blockchain. Written in code, they can track, verify and execute the binding transactions of a contract when predetermined conditions are met. To…

An analysis of the research underpinning Cardano's scalability

Taking a closer look at IOG research, part 4. How layer 1 and layer 2 solutions create a faster and more resilient blockchain

19 July 2022 Olga Hryniuk 7 mins read

An analysis of the research underpinning Cardano's scalability

Previous blog posts delved into the foundational research that enabled Cardano’s multi-functional ledger support for expressive smart contracts and native assets.

As part of the Basho development phase, Cardano is undergoing steady upgrades and optimizations for increased scalability and interoperability. The ‘How we are scaling Cardano in 2022’ post reflected on Cardano’s scalability goals, and also discussed interoperability and the role of sidechains. This new post…

Research overview part 3: tokens, stablecoins, and fees

IOG research enabled the implementation of multi-asset support, stablecoins, and friendly fees on Cardano

7 July 2022 Olga Hryniuk 5 mins read

Research overview part 3: tokens, stablecoins, and fees

Our previous post discussed Cardano’s innovative EUTXO model and how it facilitates expressive smart contracts on Cardano. This time, we take a closer look at the research that enabled multi-asset support and the creation of a variety of user-defined tokens, and we also discuss the benefits of Babel fees.

Multi-asset support

Ethereum is known for providing the ability to create…

Introducing the Cardano EVM sidechain

The Cardano EVM sidechain is a fully decentralized scalability solution deployed by IOG. Find out more about its features, benefits, and delivery plans

6 July 2022 Olga Hryniuk 6 mins read

Introducing the Cardano EVM sidechain

Cardano is growing. Expanding. The Vasil upgrade will open up even more opportunities for efficient development and usage of various DApps and DeFi products on Cardano.

Sidechains and layer 2 solutions are key to increasing scalability for projects building on Cardano. In this post, we discuss what sidechains are and how they contribute to an ecosystem of interconnected…

Cardano data on BigQuery

BigQuery allows querying Cardano data quickly, seamlessly, and at a low cost

1 July 2022 Olga Hryniuk 5 mins read

Cardano data on BigQuery

The Cardano blockchain is fast becoming a hive of development for decentralized applications (DApps) and decentralized finance (DeFi) solutions. With almost one hundred projects already live, and over one thousand projects busy building, Cardano’s database of transactions keeps growing.

Data querying is essential for live projects or developers working on the blockchain. Why…