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Cardano's Game-Changer: Partner Chains for a New Era of Blockchain Flexibility and Collaboration

Charles Hoskinson, CEO of IOG, dropped some major news about a fresh framework that's about to shake up the game for developers and validators.


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Revolutionizing Blockchain Launches: The Partner Chains Saga

Imagine a world where launching and running new blockchains is a breeze. Well, that's the promise of partner chains, set to change the game by marrying modular blockchain tech with Cardano's unbeatable security, liquidity, and reliability. The best part? No strings attached – partner chains get all these perks without being tied down to any specific network or tech stack.


From the early days of the 'Why Cardano' whitepaper to the viral whiteboard video with nearly two million views, interoperability and scalability have been the heart of Cardano's mission. Partner chains are the natural next step in realizing that original vision.



Cardano's Smart Design: CSL, CCL, and the Power of Partner Chains

Cardano's architecture is like a well-oiled machine, separating the Cardano Settlement Layer (CSL) from the Cardano Computation Layer (CCL). The CSL, known for its robustness and scalability, is the ultimate cross-chain settlement layer. Partner chains take it up a notch, allowing networks to craft their own computation layer using a modular framework and existing components while still tapping into the CSL for smooth settlement across chains. Midnight, the latest buzz from IOG, will be the first partner chain to embrace this groundbreaking framework.



Behind the Scenes: The Modular Magic of Partner Chains

Charles Hoskinson spoke about this being the result of over four years of global brainpower, technical exploration, and experimentation. IOG is teaming up with Parity Technologies' Substrate stack, a proven open-source modular framework, to create the foundation for partner chains. They're extending it with trustless integration to Cardano and tossing in a set of composable Substrate components, known as 'pallets,' to unlock the full potential of partner chains.


Why Substrate? IOG has a deep appreciation for the modular tech the Substrate team has developed. For example, the BABE protocol borrows from Ouroboros Praos, showing a shared trust in fundamental research. This modular approach allows partner chains to implement any consensus protocol, meeting Minotaur's demands for specific resource combos for their consensus. In simple terms, Substrate's open-source code is the perfect match for Cardano's stack, aligning with the common vision for a world of interoperable blockchains.




The Power of Partner Chains: Solving Blockchain Woes

Partner chains are an incredible benefit to the blockchain world, tackling key problems faced by existing modular solutions – think interoperability, security, tokenomics, and thatlock-in issue. With partner chains, Cardano isn't just a settlement layer; it's the ultimate settlement layer and more. Security is top-notch, thanks to Cardano's SPOs, and the Minotaur multi-resource consensus protocol lets validators from other blockchain realms join the party. Babel fees sort out tokenomics for new networks while giving SPOs a reward in ada.


Exciting times are ahead. IOG is going all out to develop this new partner chain framework, bringing in a dream team of researchers, engineers, and developers from across the globe.

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