Atlas City Global is introducing research (see below) describing a consensus mechanism that breaks new ground in achieving efficient and secure consensus in a public distributed ledger at scale, while achieving fair distribution of work and reward amongst participants.
Coded from scratch to resolve the challenges of providing fast and inexpensive services while enabling users to take control of their identity, Catalyst:
Supports confidential and non-confidential transactions in the same network
Ensures security by the random selection of nodes issuing and verifying ledger updates from a large number of participants
Requires verifiers perform only work that is of value to the network ensuring a sustainable, environmentally friendly protocol and universal access by all types of devices, including IoT.
Other core features of Catalyst that provide enhanced / new levels of flexibility for enterprise use include:
Containerised smart contracts allowing for the easy migration of existing applications and development of new applications
Integrated file storage to achieve fast and scalable consensus and store data in a more secure distributed framework.
Written in C#, Catalyst provides .Net Core cross-platform compatibility and multi-language smart contracts. It is open and accessible to all .NET developers without investing time and money learning new languages. By joining the Catalyst community, developers have the opportunity to be a part of the decentralised computing revolution bringing DLT to the enterprise market and serving as the backbone of Web 3.0. The Catalyst Early Access Program will provide access to the Catalyst Network Github and include weekly stand-ups with the Catalyst core team.
At the heart of Catalyst is a genuinely innovative consensus protocol — neither proof-of-work, nor proof-of-stake — whereby nodes collectively update the ledger state by following a phased decentralised voting approach that achieves very strong security with no risk of centralising the decision-making process. Application developers can learn more about the relevant technical characteristics of the network by reading the Introduction to the Catalyst Network.