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Interoperability has become a hot keyword in the blockchain space over the past few years. Mainly, a blockchain interoperability is the potential ability to communicate between blockchain ecosystems through the construction of linking chains or “bridges”. These bridges ensure that two different blockchain mechanisms can interact, share information and connect.
Since each blockchain stores different information, building an interoperable system ensures that communication across the blockchain is as efficient as possible. With more individual chains all working together in an interoperable system, the power of the ecosystem as a whole is enhanced.
Systems that rely heavily on interoperability see a wide range of positive benefits, from increased transaction speeds to a wider range of potential blockchain applications. The connection between these chains relies on cross-chain technologies, which allow different pathways to be forged and maintained between two or more different blockchains.
As an ecosystem becomes more interoperable, blockchain technology itself becomes more efficient, helping to build projects, initiate multi-token transactions, enhance privacy, and further develop the potential security that an ecosystem can to offer. In short, interoperability is one of the most important aspects of blockchain and will help further develop the whole industry.
In this article, we will examine the major blockchain ecosystems that are advancing blockchain interoperability on a microcosmic and macrocosmic scale.
Discover Polkadot, the leading Blockchain interoperability ecosystem
When Polkadot launched its Parachain System at the end of 2021, they drastically increased the extent to which their platform could operate interoperably. It is a layer one blockchain system that overcomes many of the limitations that apply to other layer one systems like Ethereum.
Polkadot Parachains aim to enable independent platforms, blockchains, DeFi communities and economies to connect to the global Polkadot system. With this flexibility, developers can use the toolkit provided by Polkadot to build efficient applications, making the most of the blockchain system that Polkadot already has in place. With this freedom to develop, more and more other chains started connecting to Polkadot, using their security services to start building more complex blockchain systems.
One of the factors that acted as an inhibitor to the growth of legacy systems like Ethereum was its low transaction capacity, only processing about 15 transactions per second. To overcome this, Polkadot offers more 1,000 transactions per secondcompletely solving the scalability problem that plagued older systems.
Without the need to pay extremely high gas fees, Polkadot enables its users to design, develop, and build complex blockchain-based application projects. Whether the app is an independent economy, smart contract, or designed specifically to enhance the Polkadot ecosystem, it’s easy to tie a new string into the system.
Polkadot has taken the idea of community support on its project one step further by hosting new Parachains on its crowdlending system. From there, users can financially support Parachain projects they find interesting, accelerating the rate at which new features are developed on the platform.
An example of one of these projects is Polkadex, which offers a fully functional cryptocurrency exchange powered by Polkadot. Offering a range of easy-to-use financial features, Polkadex uses the interoperability of Polkadot to further expand the range of functionality available on the central blockchain. By doing so, the value of Polkadex and Polkadot increases as they simultaneously connect and become symbiotic.
This is just one example of the many projects Polkadot has introduced using their interoperable Parachain system. This breakthrough represents a new step in blockchain, allowing many independent projects to connect to an ecosystem with fast transaction speeds and low costs.
Go even further in interoperability with Oraichain
While ecosystems like Polkadot allow indie chains to tie into layer one ecosystems, providing a fantastic playground for developers to build in, global interoperability is lacking.
It’s there that Oraichain’s Oracle AI comes into play, aiming to create an unprecedented level of interoperability between all major blockchains. Oracle’s AI represents the ability to create smart contracts that are processed more efficiently. They usher in the end of the era of “read-only” smart contracts, making these contracts much more efficient.
For this reason, when a chain starts using Oracle AI provided by Oraichain, the artificial intelligence system allows developers to create and interact with smart contracts in a range of programming languages. This considered, they can then be adapted to effectively link any popular blockchain.
While a system like Polkadot will allow other independent chains to connect to its ecosystem framework, Oracle AI will enable the formation of interoperable networks between large-scale ecosystems. Popular blockchains like Polkadot, Binance Smart Chain, Cosmos, and Ethereum all have the potential to be interconnected, shifting the progression of interoperable blockchains into hyperdrive.
Besides the potential to forge connections between blockchains, Oraichain also offers a full range of services in their suite, allowing users to create Ai models to solve problems. The development of this AI API enables artificial intelligence to enhance smart contracts, securely access and connect to external APIs.
Much like Polkadot, Oraichain is a community project, with user support at its center. That’s why any changes to the system are democratically reviewed by validators and stakeholders, ensuring the project stays on track with community principals and targets.
Within the Oraichain system, they also have built-in features that attract new developers to the ecosystem. By offering rewards to users who publish, modify or refine work on the Oraichain ecosystem, they effectively ensure that new features are regularly released, which further reinforces the extent to which the AI system is continually becoming more advanced.
With that, the capabilities of this interoperable system are only growing, channeling more progress into the innovative connection system. By linking multiple chains, Oraichain represents a step towards a bridge between all major blockchain networks, demonstrating the future potential of this system as a leading blockchain ecosystem.
Final Thoughts on Interoperability
Two large-scale problems have faced blockchain, each acting as a limiting factor for its development. The first of these, scalability, is most evident in the Ethereum blockchain ecosystem. Yet, with the development of ecosystems capable of processing more transactions in a second, this limiting factor has quickly become a thing of the past.
The second limiting factor is the extent to which individual blockchains can communicate and transmit data. However, with the growing awareness of interoperability and the advances made at the micro and macro scale by ecosystems and chains like Polkadot and Oraichain, this has also become a fact of the past.
As we continually enter a phase of blockchain development where we see an increasing level of interoperability, entire ecosystems are becoming more reliable, more secure, faster, and continually gaining more functionality.
With interoperability comes the success of blockchain, this incredible system enabling the intercommunication of chains and solidifying blockchain as a technology that is here to stay.