Zilliqa (ZIL) a blockchain project, as recently launched its mainnet, indicating its first ever successful implementation of scaling technology know as sharding on a blockchain.
“Today, we are taking a leap towards our vision of enabling innovative blockchain-powered solutions to real-world problems,” Zilliqa CEO and co-founder Xinshu Dong wrote in a blog post. “With this launch, Zilliqa is now the first public blockchain platform to successfully implement sharding, to address one of the biggest challenges to mainstream blockchain adoption – scalability.”
This launch for the Zilliqa mainnet means that sharding has become a possible outcome brought to life. Which is very important for projects such as Ethereum, which are also experimenting with sharding one of the many possible solutions of its scaling debate, although it’s not expected to run on Ethereum’s mainnet before the year 2020. With Zilliqa’s mainnet fully functional and operational, they may be showing the proper path for other projects to implement their own solutions without forgoing security and decentralization while gaining scalability.
While there are plenty of features that have set Zilliqa apart from similar projects, sharding is considered to be one of the most important ones, as the first live implementation of this technology. Simply put, sharding is a type of database partitioning that separates very large databases into much smaller, faster, and more easily managed parts called data shards.
For blockchain, sharding splits the work that the network has to do into smaller groups, dubbed shards. Participants for the network (Nodes) then establish consensus in those smaller groups, which makes the transaction much quicker and cheaper then if they were processed by the whole network. In a way, it’s a possible method of distributing the workload so that not every single node has to do every task as bitcoin has too.
For anyone interested in Blockchain development or so, tracking the operations for this network can be done through Zilliqa Explorer.
Zilliq is paving a path for other cryptocurrencies to come up with their own sharding and implementing them into their system. Although Zilliqa will be kept under heavy watch to see if sharding is an optimal technology to be used for other blockchain related services out there.