Radix DLT ($XRD): Taking DeFi to the next level?

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Radix DLT is a layer 1 distributed system to power the needs of the decentralised finance (DeFi) ecosystem. As DeFi continued to gain traction, the top blockchain networks supporting the market were already overstretched. As it turns out, scalability appears to be a hard nut to crack and hence projects like Radix DLT are formed.

The motivation behind the Radix protocol’s creation is to save the $71 billion lost every year caused by unnecessary friction in the conventional financial system and allow those at the lower and higher levels of finance to make ground by powering a strong DeFi ecosystem.

Check out our video which explains the scaling problems currently faced by Ethereum, and how Radix attempts to solve it.

Taking DeFi to the NEXT LEVEL ? – Radix DLT Protocol overview

Background

The Radix team believes that using distributed ledger technology (DLT) to build a permissionless network will ease the development and accessibility of innovative financial applications. With these applications, we could finally bring down the guarded walls of traditional financial markets.

Radix team (Image credit: Radix DLT)

The project was founded by Dan Hughes, who also happens to be its CTO. Hughes’s former work includes the design of T-Mobile’s first mobile internet platform.

Other team members include the organization’s CEO, Piers Ridyard, as well as CPO, Albert Castellana. The project is being supported by the Radix Foundation.

What is Radix DLT?

The team behind Radix DLT defines the project as the “first layer 1 protocol specifically built to serve DeFi.” The protocol seeks to remove the inefficiencies found in open finance (OpFi) both in the current and future settings. Hughes and his team want to achieve this through:

  • Re-engineering the consensus mechanism used in popular blockchain systems.
  • Employing decentralized virtual machines.
  • Activating on-ledger code.
  • Building DeFi-bound components and applications.
  • Incentivizing developers who drive the growth of the new-found financial breakthrough.

Having its developers at the core of driving growth for innovative financial products, Radix provides its support by building highly-secure smart contracts, fast and interoperable OpFi decentralized applications (dApps), engaging and rewarding a distributed developer community, and guarding DeFi composability when scaling dApps on public blockchains.

Radix network

The network is made up of Cerberus (a consensus mechanism), Radix Engine (a development environment), Radix Component Catalog, and developer royalties.

Cerberus

At the heart of the protocol is Cerberus, a re-engineered consensus mechanism which uses a sharded Byzantine fault-tolerant (BFT) solution. This approach enables the system to be parallelized across multiple nodes without losing message complexity and responsiveness.

The sharding concepts allows unlimited network splits or shards. Each shard can represent anything on the platform. By allowing unlimited shards, Cerberus shifts focus from global ordering to partial ordering.

With global ordering, transactions are stored in a predefined chronological order. Partial ordering, at a very basic level, is the opposite of agreed chronological ordering. However, partial ordering has to differentiate between related and unrelated events or transactions when recording them on the blockchain.

Using a “braiding” mechanism, Cerberus uses a new BFT-style system to sign interactions between nodes handling different shards before committing transactions.

Radix Engine

This is Radix’s specialized application layer that powers the interaction between a smart contract’s code with the actual blockchain. The layer powers the project’s virtual machine (VM), which in turn, powers the partial ordering system.

Furthermore, the Radix VM handles concurrency to drive DeFi applications further.

Radix Component Catalog

In other blockchain systems, a developer’s work becomes an active smart contract after being pushed to the system’s users. For Radix, the component catalog handles apps before being registered as “active” on the platform.

Radix Network (Image credit: Radix Whitepaper)

In other words, the catalog contains templates ready for use to create additional active components. The new template-based products are called instantiated components.

Developer Royalties

The Radix system uses developer royalties to encourage developers to contribute. However, the project takes a different approach by employing distributed self-incentives such as those found in proof-of-work systems called mining rewards.

Radix Token ($XRD)

The platform has a native token, XRD, which is used to pay for transaction fees. Note that these fees are paid to node runners.

A transaction fee is charged for token creation, messaging, and anything else that requires a change of the ledger state. The fee is burnt upon validation of the operation.

Furthermore, the platform’s tokens have a controlled unlocking mechanism that spans 365 days. With each unlocking, the Radix Foundation’s amount of XRD reduces while those in the public domain increases.

E-Radix (eXRD) Token Sale

Radix Token Sale will begin at 6:00pm UTC on 8th October 2020. Those who are interested will need to create a user account on the public sale site and purchase the tokens using either USDC or ETH. Purchases must be made through a personal wallet (i.e. not an exchange wallet) on the official Radix token portal.

The tokens will be sold on a first-to-send funds basis, subject to the successful completion of the KYC/AML and other regulatory requirements. A total of 642mil RADIX tokens will available to purchase.

Tokens will be distributed on 17th November 2020. However, they are subject to a price-based unlocking schedule which will allow holders to withdraw the tokens at certain price milestones as follows:

Radix token unlock schedule
e-Radix token unlock schedule (Image credit: Radix token sale info page)

This e-Radix token is an ERC-20 token. When the RADIX ledger is instantiated, this e-Radix token will be exchangeable 1:1 for RADIX (XRD) tokens. When this will happen however is not yet known.

Note that those from the USA cannot participate in this token sale. For more details on the sale, check here.

Staking Radix Token

With OpFi, staking, yield farming, and liquidity mining are common occurrences. Radix powers this DeFi subset by allowing users to lock their XRD to earn network emissions and be involved in decision making.

Network emissions are periodically generated tokens that are spread across active staking nodes while considering the amount of staked tokens. Emissions make up for 2.5% of the yearly inflation rate.

There are two approaches to locking tokens:

  1. A user can lock XRD and become a node runner on the network; or
  2. a user can lock Radix tokens and delegate his stake to another node runner, also called a staking node. A staking node has the power to validate transactions.

Radix’s consensus mechanism limits the stake weight per node to 33% to prevent node runners from having absolute power over the transaction validation process.

Network Subsidy

The network subsidy is an additional amount of tokens distributed to transaction validators. The tokens are unlocked by the Radix Foundation every 24 hours and are expected to run for 10 years. However, to earn the subsidy tokens, a staking node has to consistently meet specific factors on responsiveness, bandwidth, and computing power.

Other Radix token categories are the public token grant to support community contributors, the Radix team token grant to support the team, and the stable token reserve that supports stable coins on the network.

Conclusion

The projected growth of the DeFi market requires creating new distributed systems that, if possible, have unlimited scalability. Radix is one such project. With a key focus in leading the migration from centralized finance (CeFi), the project provides hope to the future of OpFi.

From a re-designed consensus mechanism to decentralized self-incentives for developers, the project is keen on ensuring that DeFi overshadows CeFi.

The Radix token supply approach is another key component of the network that shifts from the traditional approach of major blockchain-based systems that power OpFi protocols.

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