Grid Foundation unveils an Enterprise ‘Cloud Operating System’ for All Blockchains

Backed with over $5 million in funding, the Grid Foundation is developing a Blockchain Operating System built upon the tenet of interoperability, slim deployment, and high transaction throughput.

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The Grid Foundation has officially launched development of a new ‘Cloud Operating System’ that will act as a central hub for all Blockchains and lay a foundation for the development of new types of cross-chain enterprise applications.  The project is being developed by Hoopox a software development firm which has received $5.2 million in funding so far in 2017 for the project.

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Blockchain-based systems are quickly igniting the hopes of businesses and investors alike who are looking to the horizon and seeking to reap the benefits of up and coming technologies. The disruptive potential of Blockchain platforms to deliver unto businesses a means of outsourcing middlemen to code-governed automated platforms continues to lure the attention, and capital, of central banks, industry moguls, and regulatory bodies. Virtually every private and public sector enterprise has a team working to develop or integrate a Blockchain powered system.

As industry players explore the potential of new technology, Blockchain-based platforms are undeniably the talk of the town. It is the same technology famous for powering bitcoin and ethereum networks, and Blockchain systems feature a robust series of consensus protocols and distributed databases free from single points of failure. While bitcoin opened the door to this realm of technology, the ethereum virtual machine built on the shoulders of the idea of the bitcoin network with the development of smart contracts that can manage value transfer and settle payments with an ‘atomic swap’ or instant exchange. The ethereum virtual machine runs in many ways like a rudimentary Operating System, but as of now faces challenges before it can truly be called such.

Based in Singapore, the Grid Foundation has a plan to rise to the complicated task of generating a modular business-ready Blockchain powered solution. In much the same way that ethereum builds on the merits of the bitcoin Blockchain, the Grid Foundation seeks to develop an interoperable Blockchain based Operating System (OS) that scales to meet marketplace needs. The system starts with a hyper efficient deployment of a Grid Kernel structured with Blockchain systems logic; a modularized minimum viable Blockchain. Users interface with an interactive shell to deploy either Grid’s complete Blockchain OS, or develop their own custom OS. Developers can use the OS to generate specific configurations, allowing them to deploy customized Blockchains suited to a Dapp’s correlating needs.

Grid will implement parallel processing, similar to segmented processing or sharding, to ramp up transaction throughput. In addition, rather than bog one chain by deploying every smart contract to it, Grid takes a different route. More compact Side Chains on Grid’s Blockchain OS will be designed to hold only one smart contract to maximize performance, each customized to handle a variety of specific transaction types. Isolated Side Chains can manage different business interests without colluding sensitive data with a public facing ecosystem. Since they are designed to handle one type of transaction with a single native smart contract, adding specific Side Chains to a deployed Grid Blockchain OS enables users to curate highly customizable features while cutting the fat of unnecessary resource intensive ones. The OS allows for private Blockchains to have no trouble interfacing with the Grid ecosystem and accessing the Grid user base.

Grid makes use of dynamic indexing to facilitate interaction between the Main Chain and Side Chains. A Merkle tree provides a layer of separation between the Side Chain and Main Chain, allowing both to co-exist without directly interacting. This makes it possible to add or exclude Side Chains in a Grid system as needed without any issues.

To incentivize good behavior in the network, Grid Tokens are introduced as a means of value storage and transfer. As a universally accepted means of value transfer across interconnected Blockchains encompassed in the Grid ecosystem, Grid Tokens make possible contract execution and cross-chain value exchange. A marketplace forms when the Side Chain becomes economically unviable, at which point the Main Chain reserves the right to cease indexing that chain, or allow competition between Side Chains offering the same service. Transaction fees are, in turn, dynamic to reflect to meritocratic contribution values of differing Side Chains.

Grid will run a Delegated Proof of Stake (DPoS) protocol on the Main Chain that pays large-scale stakeholders to uphold the system for high speed, while for side chains, developers and companies can choose the suitable Consensus (PoW/ PoS/ DPoS) depending on their needs. Consensus protocols on Grid are designed to be highly customizable to suit a variety of business use-cases e.g. interbank transfer may be based on DPoS, while e-identity may be based on PoW, etc.

Grid’s Blockchain OS resolves cross-chain timing with a two-fold protocol. A hierarchical Side Chain mechanism categorizes block formation speed metrics, while a dedicated adapting side chain, or other such module, carries out cross-level chain transactions across various levels of the chain. To provide a guarantee mechanism, verifications on a slower chain are proven via the main chain. This optional mechanism effectively enhances cross-chain transaction throughput to meet business-competent levels.

The company strives to drive commercial adoption forward and has identified financial services, insurance, digital identity, IoT and smart city development, as possible industries that could benefit from the deployment of a Blockchain OS. Towards this effort Grid seeks to identify interoperable DAPPs, startup ideas, and established companies seeking to branch into the foray of Blockchain technology as ecosystem participants.

Grid’s future focus is that of continued evolution and the team seeks to develop technologies that will provide overall benefits to everyone developing in the ecosystem. By creating a vast interoperable network that emphasizes community growth through the use of diverse customized and non-resource intensive Blockchains Grid hopes to help users and developers engage a wider scale level of cooperation in the crypto-industry.

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About Richard Kastelein

Founder and publisher of industry publication Blockchain News (EST 2015), a partner at ICO services collective Token.Agency ($750m+ and 90+ ICOs and STOs), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) – Vancouver native Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of some two dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 1500 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat. Irish Tech News put him in the top 10 Token Architects in Europe.

Kastelein has an Ad Honorem - Honorary Ph.D. and is Chair Professor of Blockchain at China's first Blockchain University in Nanchang at the Jiangxi Ahead Institute of Software and Technology. In 2018 he was invited to and attended University of Oxford's Saïd Business School for Business Automation 4.0 programme.  Over a half a decade experience judging and rewarding some 1000+ innovation projects as an EU expert for the European Commission's SME Instrument programme as a startup assessor and as a startup judge for the UK government's Innovate UK division.

Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London (5x), Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, Prague, San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara (2x), Shanghai, Singapore (3x), Tel Aviv, Utrecht, Venice, Visakhapatnam, Zwolle and Zurich.

He is a Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) whose writing career has ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean & Europe. He's written occasionally for Harvard Business Review, Wired, Venturebeat, The Guardian and Virgin.com, and his work and ideas have been translated into Dutch, Greek, Polish, German and French. A journalist by trade, an entrepreneur and adventurer at heart, Kastelein's professional career has ranged from political publishing to TV technology, boatbuilding to judging startups, skippering yachts to marketing and more as he's travelled for nearly 30 years as a Canadian expatriate living around the world. In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Seas' travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, Netherlands where he's raising three teenage daughters with his wife and sailing partner, Wieke Beenen.

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