The three-day conference took place in the beautiful Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers in Paris where 650+ attendees and 130 speakers from all over the world gathered to talk about the Ethereum blockchain and its future.
The talks tackled a broad range of subjects with an emphasis on scalability, security and governance.
Here are the presentations we loved.
Karl Floersch - Ethereum Scaling: Plasma & Sharding
An overview of Plasma and Sharding, two scaling solutions that will hit Ethereum mainnet in 2018. Core developer Karl Floersch explains how Plasma will improve security and how Sharding will enhance scalibility.
Vitalik Buterin — Plasma Cash
Plasma Cash is Plasma 2.0, built on top of Plasma it is set to further improve limitations of scalability and security.
It aims to do so by creating a unique identifier for each token on the Plasma chain. For example, if you deposit 1.25 Ethers on a wallet, a Plasma Coin will be created with an amount of 1.25 Ethers and a unique identifier.
Coins can’t be split and can’t be merged, so you have coins of different values, kind of like coins in your pocket. So if you want to pay someone, you pay them with a bunch of coins and if you don’t have the exact value, you then ask for change.
To further understand how this will impact the Ethereum blockchain I recommend reading this recent article by Karl Floersch:
Plasma Cash Simple Spec
Amber Baldet - Quorum & What Business Actually Wants in a Blockchain
An introduction to Quorum or how businesses will pair blockchain with their information systems.
On one hand, businesses won’t store all of their data and business logic on a public blockchain because of data privacy, performance, governance, etc.; but on the other hand they will love to be able to share information in a secure way without the need of third-parties.
That’s where Quorum comes in, it offers a solution built on top of Ethereum which answers enterprise needs.
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