Vitalik Buterin says Ethereum to have “1 Million Transactions Per Second” 11826
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Ashmita Dutta
Jun 4, 2018 at 7:17 PM

Vitalik Buterin, the co-founder of Ethereum, has recently attended the session of OmiseGO AMA. Here, he expressed his expectation regarding the potential of ethereum to have 100 million transactions per second. BCFocus has previously reported about Vitalik Buterin's dilemma on being approached by Google.

Blockchain networks encountering scalability issues

Buterin while attending previous conferences admitted that ethereum blockchain and other decentralised blockchain technologies encounter scalability problems. In 2017, Buterin observed that to facilitate payments at large scale, blockchain needs to increase transaction processing conducted each second.  Large scale payment facilitation would be required for Internet of Things (IoT), Nasdaq, the stock market and Visa.

According to Vitalik Buterin, “Bitcoin is currently processing a bit less than three transactions per second and if it goes close to four, it is already at peak capacity. Ethereum has been doing five per second and if it goes above six, then it is also at peak capacity. On the other hand, Uber on average does 12 rides per second, PayPal several hundred, Visa several thousand, major stock exchanges tens of thousands, and in IoT, you’re talking hundreds of thousands per second.”

At OmiseGO AMA, Vitalik Buterin informed about the second layer featuring scaling solutions which are analysed on Ethereum testnet. This would assist Ethereum blockchain to provide back-up for the decentralising applications in large scale. This would be initiated by opting for innovative approach to optimise blockchain technology.

Vitalik Buterin along with the co-author of Lightning Network, Joseph Poon has developed a solution called Plasma. The functionality of Plasma is similar to the Lightning Network of Bitcoin which facilitates the micropayments processing of Ethereum. This is achieved by developing nascent blockchain networks in the main blockchain system for quick processing of information. It would simultaneously make use of the Ethereum protocol, thereby, making the network susceptible to attacks.

Buterin further stated, “The reason I think layer 1 and layer 2 [networks] are complementary is because ultimately, if you look at the math, the scalability gains from the layer 1 improvements and layer 2 improvements do ultimately multiply with each other. If you have a Sharding solution, the Sharding solution itself might increase the scalability of Ethereum by a factor of 100, or eventually even more. But then, if you do Plasma on top of the scalability solution, then what that means is, you’re not just doing 100 times of the amount of activity but you are doing 100 times the amount of entrances, the amount of exits, and despite resolutions

Buterin believed that the amalgamation of layer 1 and layer 2 solution would result in the enhancement of Ethereum scalability by 10,000x. He commented, “So if you get a 100x from Sharding and a 100x from Plasma, those two basically give you a 10,000x scalability gain, which basically means blockchains will be powerful enough to handle most applications most people are trying to do with them.

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