Corrected Summary of the TON White Paper “Notable Blockchain Projects” Table

In response to the TON Whitepaper

This article is referring to the “Telegram Open Network” White Paper published by Dr. Nikolai Durov on December 3, 2017.

I would like to call attention to section 2.9 on page 74, which lists an interesting “Comparison to Other Blockchain Projects” table. This table does seem to be in the right direction, therefore I decided to help Mr Durov, by publishing the correct version of the table.

The columns explained

Project — project name;

Year — year deployed (the most important info in the table IMO);

Sm. — support for arbitrary code;

Ch. — single/multiple blockchain system;

R. — heterogeneous/homogeneous multichain systems;

Sh. — sharding support;

Int. — interaction between blockchains, (L)oose or (T)ight;

Pr. — transaction pruning support (Added);

Columns removed compared to the original

Year announced — irrelevant

G. — generation — arbitrary labeling

  • For security reasons, Ardor uses built-in smart contracts and only supports arbitrary logic to decide whether to apply a transaction or not, also known as smart transactions. The Ardor team is also experimenting with a novel lightweight contracts concept.

As a side note, I always find it fun when projects that did not publish their code on a testnet make ridiculous claims about how they are better than other projects. The Ton Whitepaper contains some interesting (and absurd) claims like “capable of handling millions of transactions per second
if necessary” and ideas like “2.1.17. Correcting invalid shardchain blocks.”

Yeah right, good luck correcting invalid blocks while at the same time propagating millions of new transactions per second to a distributed network of nodes.