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A bullet point study aid to help you understand the history of Komodo’s architecture.

This is a study aid for the Komodo infographic competition.

These notes are a rough guide and not to be considered a definitive list of information you may want to include in your infographic.

First Generation Blockchain Platforms had Problems.

  • The very first blockchain platforms were built to host dApps via smart contracts.
  • Each first-generation blockchain platform was just a single blockchain.
  • All of the projects that build on a first-gen platform must share the same infrastructure.

Mass Adoption Exposed Severe Limitations.

  • As first-gen platforms experienced massive adoption, many limitations were exposed.
  • If one project becomes extremely popular, it causes congestion for the entire network.
  • Transactions times become painfully long and transaction fees increase drastically.
  • This is the logical result of a single, shared blockchain model platform.

Komodo Designed A Brand-New Platform Architecture.

  • Komodo designed a new architecture that is secure, scalable, and interoperable.
  • Every single project on Komodo is given a completely independent blockchain.
  • No shared infrastructure means no congestion or limits to any project’s growth.
  • Individual projects can even add multiple blockchains to increase performance.
  • In essence, every project that builds on Komodo is given their own platform.

64 Publicly-Elected Notary Nodes.

  • Broadcast data from every chain built on Komodo to the main KMD chain.
  • Consolidate and condense that data, then re-broadcast it back to every chain.
  • Creates a checkpoint or a restore point for the entire KMD blockchain, onto Bitcoin, every ten minutes
  • Stores the KMD checkpoint onto the Bitcoin ledger for security purposes.
  • Komodo recycles the energy invested in Bitcoin to protect and secure independent chains.

Everyone get’s their own chain! Independent Assetchains.

  • Are given to every project that builds on Komodo Platform.
  • Prevent congestion and allow each project to scale independently.
  • Are modular and can be customized to meet individual needs.

Scalability Without Limits.

  • If one assetchain is not providing adequate performance, more chains can be added.
  • Multiple chains can be bound together to function as one logical blockchain.
  • Independent chains process transactions in isolation, allowing more than 20K tx/sec.

An Interoperable Ecosystem.

  • Atomic swaps allow peer-to-peer trading of 95% of coins and tokens in existence. Komodo bridges the gap between ERC20 tokens and Bitcoin coins.
  • Federated Multi-Chain Syncing enables cross-chain fungibility without a trade or swap.
  • All blockchains on Komodo communicate directly with all other chains in the ecosystem.

UTXO-Based Crypto-conditions Smart Contracts are more powerful than standard smart contracts.

  • Creating “smart” UTXOs allow Bitcoin-protocol-based coins to support smart contracts.
  • UTXO-based smart contracts are fast, secure, and Turing complete.
  • Any assetchain in the Komodo ecosystem can tokenize up to 100 Million tokens per coin.
  • Each Crypto-conditions smart contracts actually is creating a new consensus rule, not just executing instructions in some abstracted script language. This is what enables CC contracts to implement micropayments.

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