Polkadot Plan to Expand Parachain Limit to 1,000 with Asynchronous Backing Update
In a groundbreaking announcement at the Polkadot Developer Conference, sub0, Sophia Gold, Engineering Lead at Parity Technologies, has unveiled a visionary plan to significantly expand the Polkadot ecosystem’s capabilities. The core developers at Polkadot are gearing up to boost the network’s current parachain limit of 100 to an astonishing 1,000 parachains in the near future, with the aid of innovative software updates.
The game-changing update at the center of this ambitious expansion plan is known as “Asynchronous Backing.” This update aims to revolutionize Polkadot’s parachain consensus protocol by reducing the parachain block time from 12 seconds to a mere 6 seconds, while simultaneously increasing the block space for each block by 5-10 times. The implications of this update are nothing short of transformative for the Polkadot ecosystem.
Sophia Gold, the driving force behind this groundbreaking development, described Asynchronous Backing as “the most significant evolution of parachain consensus since we launched parachains almost two years ago.” Gold emphasized that the unique implementation of backing on the protocol level rather than the smart contract level provides Polkadot with capital efficiency and censorship resistance.
What sets Asynchronous Backing apart is its ability to enable flexible scheduling for future scaling efforts through elastic scaling and instantaneous coretime. Gold expressed her confidence in the roadmap they have laid out to support 1,000 parachains and an astonishing 1 million+ transactions per second, stating that “the design is there – we know how to scale Polkadot for the indefinite future.”
The news has generated significant excitement and anticipation within the blockchain community, as Polkadot is renowned for its boundless innovation and cross-chain compatibility. With the implementation of Asynchronous Backing, Polkadot could further solidify its position as a leader in the blockchain space.
The timeline for these groundbreaking developments is impressively swift. The release of Asynchronous Backing is set to be deployed on Polkadot’s Rococo testnet in just two weeks, marking the beginning of a new era for the network. This rapid progress underscores the commitment of Polkadot’s developers to pushing the boundaries of what is possible in blockchain technology.
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