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What research and scaling implementations can be introduced to help Cardano increase scalability?

Campaign Brief

For Cardano to become a global leader as a smart contract blockchain it will need to scale to meet the requirements of handling hundreds of millions of users.

Current scaling situation

Hydra is the leading project being executed by IOG to help Cardano scale the blockchain.

The first phase of Hydra will be available in 2022 however this initial implementation will not resolve all of the problems needed for Cardano to scale.

Sebastien from dcSpark recently discussed the importance of rollups and alternative solutions in an interview

Need for more scaling options

To reach true decentralization the Cardano community will need to not rely on the input from IOG as much as it does now as we move into the future.

Hydra will only have it's initial implementation released early next year. Cardano faces potential scaling problems in 2022 as high demand protocols in DeFi, NFTs and gaming begin and continue being released. With alternative scaling solutions not in place there is a risk of overloading demand on the main chain.

Types of proposals encouraged

Proposers should consider new novel ideas or research, extensions of Hydra functionality or porting over solutions used in other blockchains that would be suitable for Cardano.

Proposers are welcome to focus on market specific scalability solutions - for instance a solution could focus on DeFi specifically with decentralized exchanges (DEX's) as a focus area or other growing markets that could benefit from novel scaling solutions.

Scalability topic areas:

Rollups (e.g. zero knowledge rollups, optimistic rollups)
Sharding
Sidechains
State channels

Size of proposals

Scaling solutions are inherently complex and require significant engineering effort. As a result proposers should not be discouraged from making proposals that request most of the challenge budget. A single proposal team is both welcome and encouraged to request the entire budget if they can demonstrate an articulated plan with the technical expertise to address the challenge of scaling solutions that are suitable for growing Cardano.

Budget rationale

High technical expertise is needed for scalability solutions. Projects will likely take many months of engineering effort to implement viable solutions.

Follow on funding rounds

If this this challenge setting gets voted in and the proposal(s) submitted show signs they can be impactful then a follow on challenge will be submitted for fund 9 with a larger requested budget to further help the team(s) be able to request further funding.

Why is it important?

Hydra will not solve every scaling problem in Cardano, more scaling solutions are needed as alternatives

What does success look like?

Scaling solutions that are introduced and implemented by the community that Cardano projects can start using

Key Metrics to measure

  • Number of scaling solutions available to the community to use within their projects
  • Number of projects launched on any of the new scaling solutions
  • Novel ideas generated from research on different scaling approaches
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16
Total Proposals
10
Funded Proposals
0
Completed Proposals
$ 1M
Available
$3.2M
Requested
$816.5K
Awarded

using games to scale audience

$90,000 Requested

Solution: The plan is to build a fun high quality game with the perks of gamefi on the blockchain to help scale with gamer audiences.

Fund: Fund 8 Challenge: F8: Cardano scaling solutions
not approved Requested 9% of the fund.
0 (1)

Simplify SPO rollups in Vietnam

$34,140 Received
$34,140 Requested

Solution: Simplify setup and SPO guides so that non-tech people can perform rollups. Provide pre-setup solar power stake pools appliances to market.

Fund: Fund 8 Challenge: F8: Cardano scaling solutions
completed Awarded 3.414% of the fund.
0 (1)

Research Guild: Scalability Report

$134,538 Received
$134,538 Requested

Solution: The Research Guild will deliver a Scalability Report that scopes scaling solutions across blockchains to inform future Catalyst proposals.

Fund: Fund 8 Challenge: F8: Cardano scaling solutions
completed Awarded 13.454% of the fund.
0 (1)

Perun Channels for Cardano

$300,000 Received
$300,000 Requested

Solution: We implement Perun Channels for Cardano and thereby enable P2P transactions at unlimited scalability and with cross-chain potential.

Fund: Fund 8 Challenge: F8: Cardano scaling solutions
completed Awarded 30% of the fund.
0 (1)

Orbis: Layer 2 ZK Rollup

$1,000,000 Requested

Solution: Orbis is a ZK(zero-knowledge) rollup layer 2 protocol for Cardano. Moving computation off-chain scales Cardano's throughput significantly.

Fund: Fund 8 Challenge: F8: Cardano scaling solutions
over budget Requested 100% of the fund.
0 (1)

Layer 3 scalability using zkRollups

$75,000 Received
$75,000 Requested

Solution: Research and clear blueprint on how to implement zk-rollups on top of Milkomeda as a L3 as well as a roadmap for wallet implementation

Fund: Fund 8 Challenge: F8: Cardano scaling solutions
completed Awarded 7.5% of the fund.
0 (1)

KONMA Chain : L2 ZK Roll up for ADA

$800,000 Requested

Solution: Konma proposes a layer 2 solution that will act as a support layer to Cardano and other projects, it will also host Konmas web3 projects.

Fund: Fund 8 Challenge: F8: Cardano scaling solutions
not approved Requested 80% of the fund.
0 (1)

Erdstall: instant TXs, L2 NFT mints

$450,000 Requested

Solution: Extend our L2 Erdstall from Ethereum to Cardano: low-fee, high-throughput, instant transactions and NFT mints, DEX intrinsics, and SDK.

Fund: Fund 8 Challenge: F8: Cardano scaling solutions
over budget Requested 45% of the fund.
0 (1)

DEFI SHOULD BE MORE FUN ON SCALING

$47,250 Received
$47,250 Requested

Solution: Instead of following the boring UX design like most of the current DEXs, Miverse will give a distinct model to DeFi & GameFi ecosystem.

Fund: Fund 8 Challenge: F8: Cardano scaling solutions
completed Awarded 4.725% of the fund.
0 (1)

Decentralized REDIS state channels

$80,000 Received
$80,000 Requested

Solution: Apply REDIS, a best-in-class in-memory database, to create a decentralized state-channel service for dApp developers.

Fund: Fund 8 Challenge: F8: Cardano scaling solutions
completed Awarded 8% of the fund.
0 (1)

DAO-NET & A2T Sidechain Design

$20,800 Received
$26,000 Requested

Solution: Design a sidechain solution optimized for handling the DAO-NET & A2T suites projected transaction volumes in a cost effective manner.

Fund: Fund 8 Challenge: F8: Cardano scaling solutions
funded Awarded 2.6% of the fund.
0 (1)

BeerHouse.io

$15,000 Requested

Solution: The portfolio Manager and Tracker on Cardano Ecossystem Save time and convenience using an intelligent monitoring and analysis system safety

Fund: Fund 8 Challenge: F8: Cardano scaling solutions
not approved Requested 1.5% of the fund.
0 (1)

A Scalable Service For NFT Utility

$40,000 Received
$40,000 Requested

Solution: Create a state machine and API service that integrates B2B ecommerce solutions into NFT project websites without coding skills.

Fund: Fund 8 Challenge: F8: Cardano scaling solutions
completed Awarded 4% of the fund.
0 (1)

A region-based sharded network

$30,000 Requested

Solution: The  Internet with  regional ASs is introduced into the blockchain network with the region-based shards, which enables ‘parallel writes.’

Fund: Fund 8 Challenge: F8: Cardano scaling solutions
not approved Requested 3% of the fund.
0 (1)

Ada's Place - A Medium Publication

$33,999 Received
$33,999 Requested

Solution: Ada's Place, a Cardano Publication promoted on Medium.com to reveal all happenings submitted by the community.

Fund: Fund 8 Challenge: F8: Cardano scaling solutions
completed Awarded 3.4% of the fund.
0 (1)

ADA Scam Alert - Info & Protection

$45,600 Received
$45,600 Requested

Solution: Platform to classify, analyze and rank projects according to risk management, fraud, security and reliability in project verification.

Fund: Fund 8 Challenge: F8: Cardano scaling solutions
completed Awarded 4.56% of the fund.
0 (1)