Ethereum’s Plasma: New design allows building of ‘plapps’

Ethereum [ETH] always managed to make news in the cryptosphere, either due to its upcoming hard forks or owing to the updates given by its co-founder, Vitalik Buterin. Buterin has also spoken about the networks built on the Ethereum platform, primarily Sharding and Plasma on the layer 2 side.

In the latest blog post released by the Plasma Group, the organization talked about a general purpose plasma design that would allow users to build a broad class of smart contracts on Plasma. The document read:

“We’ve devised a new architecture for building plapps (plasma apps) on one generalized plasma chain. It establishes a clean separation between the plasma layer and the application layer.”

The group stated that writing a plapp is as simple as writing a special type of smart contract called a predicate contract and then launching it on the Ethereum network. It also announced that any user on the network can use the same plapp by interacting with the original owner’s predicate contract. One of the main advantages of this setup will be that all the above-mentioned interactions take place on the plasma chain, making transactions much cheaper than it is.

The report also said,

“Of course, these applications still live in the plasma design space. Plapps need to implement a standard predicate contract interface, and individual transactions must still fit within the ethereum gas limit.”

Plasma group further commented that most of the existing DApps easily fulfilled the standard predicate contract interface implementation. The DApps’ individual transactions must also fit within the Ethereum gas limit. The organization will mainly focus on reeling in more developers and creators to build more plapps on plasma.

Ethereum was in the news recently when its much-awaited Constantinople hard fork was successful. Developers and fans of the hard fork heaved a sigh of relief after the hard fork went through since it was previously plagued with multiple problems and postponements. The hard fork was slated to take place towards the end of 2018, but due to issues discovered in the Rinkeby Testnet, it was pushed ahead to take place in 2019.

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