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Author Topic: [2017/02/09] Input Output Hong Kong Takes Its Stab At ‘Bitcoin 2.0’  (Read 167 times)
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February 09, 2017, 10:24:25 AM

A blockchain developer, Input Output Hong Kong (IOHK), has entered the Bitcoin 2.0 sweepstakes with a protocol designed to support a blockchain capable of handling more transactions.

The company’s proof-of-stake Ouroboros protocol is a consensus algorithm designed to improve user governance, system maintenance, transaction processing speeds and blockchain scalability.

IOHK’s chief scientist, Professor Aggelos Kiayias, chair in cyber security and privacy at the University of Edinburgh, authored a white paper on the protocol.

Proof-Of-Work Limits

Charles Hoskinson, IOHK CEO and co-founder, said bitcoin’s proof-of-work algorithm is energy intensive, rewards only a small set of actors who are becoming increasingly more centralized, and can process few transactions compared to Visa and PayPal.

“It also takes miners – despite their state of the art equipment, access to electricity, and cooling – increasingly longer to verify bitcoin transactions as the number of traders and investors rises,” said Hoskinson, who is also one of Ethereum’s founders.

“We wanted to develop a more efficient algorithm that saved energy, performed better, and connects the stakeholders of the system – the people who own the cryptocurrency – directly to the consensus of the system,” said Hoskinson. “This connection can go beyond cryptocurrencies to voting, consensus about making upgrades to the network, and also decentralized funding of projects. None of those applications are possible with proof-of-work.”

Hoskinson and Jeremy Wood, IOHK co-founder and chief strategy officer, built Ouroboros assisted by a team of developers, cryptographers, academics and blockchain experts from more than 10 countries.

High Expectations For Protocol

The team expects to draw interest from companies, traders and alternative asset investors seeking the next-generation cryptocurrency and blockchain.

Kiayias said Ouroboros is more efficient than proof-of-work based blockchains, without sacrificing the decentralization and security features in systems like bitcoin.

Proof-of-stake requires less computing power to run a blockchain protocol, Kiayias said, which can be a major benefit since the costs of running proof-of-work based protocols can be substantial.

“The research behind Ouroboros builds on solid secure systems design principles and makes significant steps forward in our understanding of these systems,” he said. “We see this innovation as forming part of the backbone that will run the world’s financial and business systems of tomorrow.”

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