Polkadot consists of two parts: Relaychain and Parachain.
Relaychain: This is the core of Polkadot which is responsible for network security, consensus, and cross-chain interoperability.
Parachain: These are sovereign blockchains with custom tokens and optimized functionality for specific use cases. Parachain connection to Relaychain is priced on a pay-as-you-go basis or a continuous connectivity lease.
Plasm Network is built on Parity Substrate making it one of the first SCALABLE smart contract Polkadot Parachains.
Parachain and Relaychain in Polkadot makes the following things possible:
Data and tokens can be transferred among parachains seamlessly.
Parachains can import Relaychain security.
Learn more about Polkadot:
Polkadot Lightpaper: https://polkadot.network/Polkadot-lightpaper.pdf
Polkadot web page: https://polkadot.network/
Polkadot wiki: https://wiki.polkadot.network/
The Polkadot Relaychain does not support smart contracts. Plasm will create this functionality also making it easily scalable. Developers are free to build a variety of dApps knowing that they can be scaled up with ease.
Plasm Network scalability relies on layer 2 solutions such as the Optimistic Virtual Machine.
Scalability is the greatest challenge to all blockchains. To bring widespread adoption of blockchain technology, higher performance is necessary. Scalability is a critical issue that Plasm Network seeks to optimize.
Two Types Of Scalability
Layer 1 (horizontal) scalability: Do more on the layer 1 blockchain. (e.g. sharding and Segwit)
Layer 2 (vertical) scalability: Do less on layer 1 and more on layer 2 or off-chain. (e.g. Plasma and State Channel)
Polkadot uses sharding technology allowing greater scalability. Plasm also incorporates layer 2 vertical capabilities.
Layer 1 and layer 2 offer different yet complementary solutions.
Additional benefits of the Plasm Network architecture include:
Flexible dApps development
Significantly lower transaction(gas) costs
Smart contract capability combined with layer 2 architecture makes many interesting dApps possible on Plasm Network. (e.g. Gaming, IoT, Payment, DEX, and Bridge)
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