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General Data and Information. Chainlink (LINK) is a decentralized network that provides information (oracles) to smart contracts. Founded in 2017 by Sergey Nazarov and Steve Ellis, Chainlink aims to solve the problem of off-chain information sourcing by smart contracts for their execution parameters. Smart contracts are designed to execute automatically when certain paramenters are met, however, when these parameters exist off-chain there is a reliance on sources of information (known as oracles) to provide the necessary information. Off-chain oracles tend to be centralized and with it comes a reliance on a third party to provide critical information in a trustworthy and time critical manner. ChainLink aims to break this reliance by feeding information to smart contracts via a network of decentralized oracles that work together on the Link blockchain to verify and forward critical information to these contracts.
The ChainLink network allows users who have either a data feed or information carrying APIs to easily provide information to smart-contracts in exchange for the LINK token. Milestones. September 2017 - ChainLink ICO. November 2018 - Town Crier (smart contracts and data privacy projects) acquired. 13th June 2019 - Partnership with Google announced. Utility. The Link Network provides timely and accurate information to smart contracts via a decentralized network of oracles (data feeds and APIs). This information is critical to the effective and accurate execution of smart contracts, as the information required exists off-chain and a reliable method for getting the information on chain is necessary.
The LINK token serves as a payment for smart contracts that utilise the data provided by the Link Network, with oracles that provide accurate information being rewarded in proportion to their staked LINK. Significant Features. Partnerships with major industry players such as SWIFT and Google. Integrations by Ethereum sidechains such as Harmony, Celer and Matic. Average blocktime n/a; Total supply of 1 Billion LINK ; Oracle Consensus written into Ethereum Blockchain via threshold signatures. References: ..
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Smart contracts are poised to revolutionize many industries by replacing the need for both traditional legal agreements and centrally automated digital agreements. Both performance verification and execution rely on manual actions from one of the contracting parties, or an automated system that programmatically retrieves and updates relevant changes. ChainLink provides on-chain components for (smart-) contracts to gain external connectivity.
The whitepaper of Chainlink is 38 Pages long.
The most influencial keywords are: Oracle, Secure, Contracting, Chainlink, Smart contracts, Data aggregation, Provides, Nodes, Services, and User.file_downloadOpen Whitepaper
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Chainlink was founded back in September 2017.
Its source code was released publicly on github on November 2017
under the MIT License license.
Organization wise, Chainlinks Development is Centralized and is being developed under the lead of Rory Piant.
The consensus on which the Chainlink network is run is called Not mineable, while
the underlying algorithm is called None.
In the current state of Chainlink currently is Alpha version
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Sergey Nazarov -
Starting his career at FirstMark Capital, he left to join the cryptocurrency revolution in 2011. He firmly believes blockchain technology has the ability to change the way societies distribute wealth, enforce contracts, and share critical information.
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Although cryptocurrencies have been in the news for quite some time, there are still some drawbacks and limitations that have continually hindered the technology from being completely adopted as a means of payment and transaction all over the world. ,Issues related to scalability, privacy, security, and physical integration are some of the hindrances that need to be addressed. At the core of the Blockchain technology is the concept of smart contracts, an idea first conceived in 1993.
Smart contracts can be defined as the digital version of legal contracts. The fact that it exists on a decentralized network gives it a beneficial edge because no one can alter it. Smart contracts are executed when a certain number of conditions are fulfilled. However the execution of a social contract requires some data input from the physical world. The Blockchain must acquire and interact with data feeds and an API (Application Programming Interface). The interaction with the physical world requires middleware which is known as an ‘oracle’. Here ChainLink comes into play. ChainLink provides a Blockchain-based secure oracle network (a decentralized source of information) that allows and streamlines the interconnectivity of smart contracts and external resources (Dale, 2019).
Chainlink, in real terms, is a middleware that is built to bridge the gap between the Blockchain-based activity and the physical processes involved in a transaction. It redefines the architecture of oracles and brings them onto Blockchain technology. The actual product was supposedly launched in May 2019 (Paradigm, 2019). On the official ChainLink website, anyone can request a ‘Chainlink‘ to connect their smart contracts with external inputs and/or outputs like Data Feeds (Market Prices, IoT events, etc…), Traditional Payments (Bank Accounts, PayPal, etc…), and Cross-chain (Events on another Blockchain). It is based on the Ethereum Blockchain.
ChainLink was launched by a company named SmartContract, founded in 2014. Sergey Nazarov and Steve Ellis were the brains behind this project. The CEO, Sergey is an entrepreneur who has had several other ventures previously. The CTO, Steve is a software engineer who has served for other companies as well (CoinSwitch, 2019).
A lot of research and hard work has been put into Chainlink since it was announced. However, it was not until 2017 that this Blockchain-based cryptocurrency came under radar and started generating waves of a revolutionary product. SmartContract has been working in the background for quite a while now, focusing on the development of the technology rather than marketing it. Their main agenda is to get market leaders and influencers to back them up in order to promote wide-scale adoption of the technology.
ChainLink has a history of partnership with SWIFT, which is the largest global provider for secure financial transactions. SmartContract is working with them to integrate Chainlink technology to carry out financial transactions (Vasileva, 2019). This can produce great results for the future of technology.
The year 2019 has been tremendous for Chainlink, because the CEO, Sergey, finally announced that the much-anticipated Oracle Network will be launched in May 2019. The cryptocurrency’s price valuation experienced a boom after this announcement (Price, 2019).
Chainlink was alongside popular exchanges like Binance and Coinbase. This was a major accomplishment and development for Chainlink as it was selected on popular opinion and on the merit of its technology. Also, the users are showing increasing interest in the Blockchain and the hype is supposedly based on the anticipation of truly revolutionary technology. A number of notable partnerships have been announced by the company which looks very promising.
Although ChainLink has a total supply of 1 billion tokens, the current circulation has only reached around 350 million till now. A large portion of the tokens is still left to be released, and this might trigger a fall in price valuation of the coin.
The code is developed by SmartContract who has been working on the project since 2014. According to the company, ChainLink’s decentralized oracle network is capable of providing the same level of security as smart contracts. The technology consists of mainly two parts, the on-chain architecture, and the off-chain architecture. Another protocol known as ChainLink Core is a software that allows the interaction of the on-chain and off-chain infrastructures. Very solid development on GitHub.
|Adoption||The acceptance level this year is remarkable for ChainLink. Many new users are indicating their interest in investing in the technology.|
|Transaction cost||There is no official data available concerning the transaction fees of ChainLink, but since the technology addresses the scalability issues that plague other cryptocurrencies, it is expected that it will be fairly low.|
|Enery consumption||The technology does not rely on mining processes to carry out financial transactions and for that reason, it can be counted as an energy-efficient technology.|
|Decentralization||The project’s approach to maintaining decentralization is through three different approaches. This includes distribution of data sources, distribution of oracles and use of trusted hardware. The project guarantees the same level of decentralization as provided by smart contracts themselves.|
|Product availability||The product is already available.|
|Exchange availability||ChainLink has made its debut on many popular exchanges recently, which include Coinbase, Binance, and Kraken.|
|Security||Relatively low. The coin is relatively new/unproven.|
|Transactions per second||Since Chainlink is based on Ethereum Blockchain, its processing speeds would be worse than that of other cryptocurrencies.|
|Transaction speed||The transaction speed is much lower compared to other cryptocurrencies.|
|Privacy||Transactions with this coin are pseudonymous.|
After the recent paradigm shift of the crypto-markets towards the science of smart contracts, the world might possibly see Chainlink leading the industry of decentralized smart contract oracles.
SmartContracts has dedicated a lot of time to working and researching ways to improve the Chainlink project, and finally it has started to bear fruits. The project aims to expand its integration into different parts of financial transactions while upgrading the Blockchain and its software technology to further enhance the performance and usability of the technology.
ChainLink has the potential to become the world’s leading decentralized oracle for smart contracts.
Soon after ChainLink’s popularity, the world of cryptocurrency experienced a paradigm shift towards the building of smart contracts. So far, there are several alternatives competing with ChainLink technology. Among them are Fondu, Incetivai and Callisto Network.
ChainLink rightly cashed its growing hype in the year 2019 as it formed a number of partnerships to grow its network of users. Among the popular partnerships are SWIFT, while rumors of big announcements related to Google and Microsoft are making waves in the community, nothing has been made official yet. In March 2019, CEO Sergey announced partnerships with Synthetix, Provable, Bodhi and Naka Chain. Other partnerships include Olympus Labs, Mobilum and Kaiko. The future looks very promising in light of this notable growth of Chainlink’s user network (Paradigm, 2019).
The project has been around for quite some time under the umbrella of SmartContract. Through the years, the team has only focused on developing the technology, rather than marketing it. ChainLink is notorious for its weak connections within its community and meager involvement of its users in its development. However, as said before, 2019 bears good news for ChainLink. The trend of little marketing and inactive community has been changing lately and we may see better representation of the technology on different platforms.
The Team is headed by CEO Sergey Nazarov, who is an entrepreneur with a history of starting up several business ventures and CTO Steve Ellis who is a software engineer who is responsible for the smooth running of the technical aspect of the project. The development team includes many other notable software engineers who have proven themselves in the world of cryptocurrency in the past.
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