Sunday, December 5, 2021


Shiden, the sister-project of main Polkadot-native layer-two decentralized app hub, Astar Community (previously Plasm Community), has gained the third parachain public sale for Polkadot’s experimental sister-network, Kusama.

Shiden secured the slot with a complete of 137,020 KSM tokens bonded — value practically $29 million at present costs.

Shiden is a great contract platform for Kusama-based DApps, providing multi-chain help for Ethereum Digital Machine and WebAssembly-based contracts. The venture additionally plans to ship layer-two expertise together with Plasm and Optimistic rollups on Kusama.

Layer-twos have emerged because the dominant scaling answer for Ethereum, with co-founder Vitalik Buterin predicting rollups will scale the community by roughly 100 instances and mitigate Ethereum’s scaling woes till sharding is launched.

Parachain auctions enable initiatives to compete for considered one of Kusama’s 100 parachains, that are akin to sharded sidechains that work together with the community’s primary “relay chain” to supply specialised execution and course of transactions.

Auctions are performed by way of a crowd mortgage, the place initiatives’ followers conform to lock KSM towards their parachain bid in alternate for governance tokens.

Kusama’s parachains have up to now gone to the canary networks of main Polkadot-based initiatives, with Acala Community’s Karura successful the primary slot on June 22 with more than 500,000 KSM bonded — then valued at roughly $90 million. Moonriver gained the second slot the next week with nearly 206,000 KSM bonded.

The approaching parachain public sale is predicted to be carefully contested, with Khala Community and Bifrost not too long ago being separated by lower than 3,000 KSM.

On June 29, Plasm rebranded to Astar Community, signifying the enlargement of its focus from Polkadot-based layer-two expertise to supply multi-chain help for EVM and WebAssembly.