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VeChain & Oxford Announce New Framework to Assess Consensus Protocols

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In Brief

  • The VeChain Foundation and the University of Oxford have proposed a new framework for evaluating consensus protocols
  • The framework allows developers to test designs without fully implementing them
  • The framework is intended to make blockchains more reliable, scalable and business-friendly
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Since 2018, VeChain has partnered with the Mathematical Institute at Oxford University to carry out research and provide independent scientific advice. As of August 11, it appears this collaboration is beginning to pay dividends.
Yesterday, the VeChain Foundation tweeted,
“with the purpose of supporting the #blockchain industry, #VeChain and the University of Oxford releases AlphaBlock – our joint research paper on blockchain consensus”.
Oxford University, VeChain
Source: Oxford University
In a blog post, VeChain went on to detail the need for its proposed AlfaBlock framework,
“considering the pivotal role of consensus protocols in blockchain systems, the University of Oxford and the VeResearch team jointly published a technical paper which proposes a framework for assessing blockchain consensus protocols.”

The Blockchain Space is Littered With Consensus Designs

While the security of these designs can be analyzed theoretically, there is no recognized way to assess the actual performance of a particular consensus design objectively. According to Vechain,
“this causes a significant problem in the adoption efforts for the blockchain industry.”
The Alphablock framework is a solution in that it allows researchers to compare the overall performance of Byzantine Fault Tolerant (BFT) consensus, Nakamoto Consensus (NC), and other protocols. Critically, it enables blockchain developers to test their consensus designs under different network conditions without actually implementing them. Previously there was no model that let researchers gauge the effectiveness of a blockchain protocol without actually building it. The proposed framework could be a powerful tool for both academia and developers working on “real-world” use.

VeChain Continues to Make Progress

Founded in 2015, Vechain is an ambitious, enterprise-focused project striving to connect blockchain technology to the real world. VeChain describes itself as “an enabler to drive technology implementation that would bring tangible business value for enterprises.” As such, the VeChain Foundation has long been committed to strengthening the consensus of the VeChainThor blockchain. In terms of the underlying crypto, VET was last seen treading water before awaiting the next big move. Per the VeChain post, the work with Oxford University is “just one example of our leadership in the industry.” Plans are in place to extend the scope of Alphablock and further collaborate on other topics like DeFi and blockchain economic models.
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Colin Adams
Colin is a writer, researcher, and content marketer with a keen interest in the future of money. His writing has been featured in numerous cryptocurrency publications, and his holdings don't amount to more than a handful of BAT.
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