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Why Sidechains Should Matter to Every Blockchain Project

JP Buntinx | February 7, 2018 | 1:55 pm
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Blockchain

Why Sidechains Should Matter to Every Blockchain Project

JP Buntinx | February 7, 2018 | 1:55 pm

Blockchain technology has proven to be quite appealing to companies all over the world. Some developers are even looking toward the future of this concept. Sidechains can alleviate a lot of stress from the main blockchain by focusing on specific types of information. The main business model of a blockchain won’t work well when it comes to scaling. With a sidechain, scaling concerns are less of an issue, assuming they are implemented correctly.

The concept of sidechains is nothing new in the world of blockchain technology. A few projects already focus on leveraging this new technology. However, there is a big difference between testing the technology and implementing it in the real world. Sidechains may effectively become a necessity if blockchain is ever to go mainstream. With a strong focus on interoperability and scalability, this implementation of blockchain technology will certainly be of great interest.

Sidechains Alleviate Blockchain Scaling Concerns

More specifically, leveraging sidechain technology offers a few benefits. Connecting different blockchains together is not natively supported. However, with sidechains, it is effectively possible for projects to let different chains communicate with one another without any major issues. Any transactions occurring on a sidechain can be picked up by nodes on the main chain to record it. Every sidechain will trust the main chain for cross-chain transactions of any kind.

There are some other benefits to using sidechains as well. Rather than using the main chain to record transactions one after another, sidechains can alleviate the concerns. There is an option to introduce parallel computing in this regard. This also allows for on-demand transaction scaling across the different chains accordingly. It provides a lot more blockchain “capacity” without causing any bloat. With more sidechains, transaction scaling also becomes a trivial matter eventually. On paper, this technology sounds incredibly powerful, for obvious reasons.

The big question is whether or not any projects will pursue this option. Not every use case for blockchain technology warrants the use of parallel chains. At the same time, there is no reason not to look into this option either. With a proper multi-chain interoperable infrastructure, a lot of potential use cases can be unlocked. Whether or not that is the next logical step in the evolution of blockchain, remains to be seen. It is certainly possible we will see a few interesting developments in this regard.

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