CryptoKitties has created an important congestion on the Ethereum Network. At the moment, 20 percent of the transactions on this network are related to CryptoKitties. This application has tested the scalability in the Ethereum’s network and the core developer team. How to find a solution to solve this congestion problem? Plasma can be the answer.
Plasma, a Possible Answer to Ethereum’s Congestion Problem
Plasma, is a second-layer scaling for the Ethereum protocol that would help to reduce the network’s congestion. The Bankex team has tested the Plasma protocol on the Rinkeby network in order to evaluate the effect on expanding the network’s bandwidth and transaction capacity.
In a blog post, Bankex team explained:
“During the first test of the Plasma protocol, conducted December 14th on the Rinkeby test network, the transaction per second ratio is estimated to be around 5 thousand per second. This is 250 times faster than Ethereum’s current bandwidth. The working version of Plasma is expected to boost transaction speed to 100.000 transactions per second. And all this at zero cost!”
What is CryptoKitties?
Many mainstream media sources were commenting that CryptoKitties were for crypto-geeks and a stupid mania. This application is testing the Ethereum’s network and many other enterprises are trying to find solutions for the scalability problem that could soon face Ethereum. New technologies and developments start to flourish and expand, helping even other networks to solve these kind of issues.
CryptoKitties is an Ethereum-based digital game that allows individuals to buy and sell different cats via smart contracts. As the game runs on the decentralized Ethereum’s network, the cats owned by the users will never disappear or be gone as in many different pet’s games.
About this game, Vitalik Buterin, Ethereum’s founder commented:
“I actually like the digital cat games. They illustrate very well that the value of a blockchain extends far beyond applications that would literally get shut down by banks or governments if they did not use one,” he commented in Twitter.
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