The Protocol 4:3

Ethereum's Overcrowding & Optimistic Fault Proofs Unveiled

The inaugural episode of CoinDesk's tech-focused podcast examines Bitcoin, Ethereum, and the intricate ecosystem of blockchain "layers" currently under rapid development by software engineers.

October 5, 2023

This episode is sponsored by the Algorand Foundation.

In this episode of "The Protocol," join our hosts, Brad Keoun, the founding editor of The Protocol newsletter, along with tech journalists Sam Kessler and Margaux Nijkerk, as they delve into the ever-evolving realm of blockchain technology, with a specific emphasis on Ethereum.

In addition to discussing Ethereum's rapidly growing validator numbers and the potential bottlenecks they pose, they delve into the pressing issue of network overcrowding. They also uncover the significance of optimistic fault proofs and how these innovative solutions play a pivotal role in enhancing security and scalability.


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