The developers behind Raiden Network have launched an early version of the scaling solution on the ethereum test network.
Designed to power projects aiming to replace the likes of Google and Facebook, one problem facing ethereum is that growing to such scale would require putting an unimaginable amount of data on the blockchain, a shared ledger every node must download. Further, ethereum is already having enough trouble supporting the relatively small number of users it has today.
In the meantime, the developers have launched a testnet version of a new product, µRaiden (pronounced "micro Raiden") – a simpler version with fewer features that is almost complete.
In short, rather than route payments through a network of nodes, µRaiden allows users to make micropayments directly between each other. Further, the payments work in just one direction.
The project's introductory blog post argues that, while simpler, µRaiden offers a form of payment channels requested by some decentralized apps (dapps), such as for news and storage.
The post states:
Notably, the channels are ERC-20 standard compatible, meaning they work with a range of tokens that have launched recently on top of ethereum.
As for when the project will migrate to the live blockchain, developers also struck an optimistic tone, promising the change could happen "very soon."
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