Parallelising contract execution by sharding gives us linear scalability. Add more shards, get more capacity.
Atomicity via cross-shard commits. Multi-contract calls fully succeed or fail even when multiple shards are involved.
Our new leaderless consensus protocol provides fast finality for operations within each shard.
Coconut is our novel approach to using zero-knowledge proofs to selectively disclose secrets, whilst still providing strong anonymity guarantees.
We are currently writing a whitepaper describing the overall functioning of the system. It links together all of our other works (see below) into a coherent whole.
Our new leaderless consensus protocol, Blockmania, achieves extremely fast and high-throughput consensus within each shard.
Our Chainspace paper describes the Sharded Byzantine Atomic Commit (S-BAC) protocol for internet-scale blockchains.
Alberto and Mustafa collaborated with Eth Research on Fraud Proofs, a way of scaling blockchain verification for both light clients and sharded systems.
Coconut distributed threshold credential issuance integrates with blockchains to ensure confidentiality, authenticity and availability - even when a subset of credential issuing authorities are malicious or offline.
In a 20 year career, Dave has successfully delivered hundreds of software systems. From startups to the world's largest organizations, he's scaled systems to tens of millions of users. He also wrote the book on the open source Scalatra HTTP framework, used by the BBC, NetFlix, and McLaren. Alongside Ramsey, he built and sold a 60-person software consultancy. At Chainspace, he works across business, code, and research activities.
George is the former head of the Information Security Research Group at UCL. He co-designed and prototyped RsCoin, an experimental scalable cryptocurrency, and has a list of publications longer than a Leonard Cohen song. He did his doctorate at Cambridge under Ross Anderson, followed by a stint at Microsoft Research. George is also a Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute.
A successful serial entrepreneur, Ramsey provides our business backbone. Previously, Ramsey founded, built up, and took a 60-person software consultancy through to a final sale. Subsequently an angel investor in multiple traditional startups, his interest in the potential of decentralised applications has been stoked over the past three years. He handles investor relations, business strategy, and a million details.
A founder of the Apache Software Foundation, Ben wrote the SSL implementation in Apache HTTP server. He's also originator of Certificate Transparency, an internet-scale distributed ledger securing SSL against MITM attacks. Ben is Head of Security and Transparency at DeepMind.
Blaine was the original technical director at Twitter. He's co-author of the OAuth (v1) protocol (i.e. "Log in with Facebook", "Log in with Google"), as well as the Webfinger protocol, a decentralised web scale identity system leveraging OpenID.
Bryan Ford leads the Decentralized and Distributed Systems (DEDIS) lab at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland. He's one of the main brains behind OmniLedger, a sharded cryptocurrency. He also writes on Liquid Democracy, a set of governance structures designed for distributed democratic deliberation.
Klaus is an expert security consultant on critical infrastructure, including smart devices and energy grids across the globe. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of Byzantine distributed consensus and distributed trust, and has been publishing papers on these subjects since the turn of the millenium.
Andy is in charge of systematising UI components needed to build user interfaces in the world of DApps, designing user interfaces for prototype applications, figuring out how people can use distributed ledgers - and why they'd want to. Currently working to rebrand Chainspace.
Jeremy is the sort of coder who implements RAFT distributed consensus in Rust as a personal challenge, and whose Github repos have descriptions like "C++ reflection framework (for fun)". He's equally comfortable working in Go or Rust, and leads our experiments with Rust-to-WASM.
Lola is a product strategist who specialises in figuring out what new tech is actually useful for. She's in charge of research, prototyping, and business strategy to find what's useful (and ditch what's not) in what's still a very immature design space.
Mustafa is a researcher in computer security, scalable blockchain technologies and their applications. He made the Forbes 30 Under 30 in Tech list for 2016. He is currently a doctoral researcher in computer security at UCL.
Penny knows how to get teams working together. She has previously worked with organisations ranging from computer security and chat startups to major consumer brands and government organisations.
Bano is an expert on networking and distributed systems, with a PhD from Cambridge University, and a post-doctoral researcher at UCL. She is a member of IC3, the Centre for Blockchain Technologies, and helps run the London Infosec Group. Made MIT's 2018 Innovators under 35 list.