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Is the end of the layer1 competition the time for middleware?
The layer1 competition has come to an end. Isn’t it the time for middleware?
If we look at the historical development of Layer1 technology
2017 saw the emergence of various consensus algorithm innovations
In 2020 the major smart contract platforms competed to make their debuts
The recent new public chains played up the so-called modularity and parallelism
Let’s take a look at the essence of the three phases
From algorithm innovation, software function complementation, and finally to the overall software architecture innovation, relying on CPU multi-core to achieve parallelization
If we look at the evolution history of the Internet technology
There is a similar path
The final stage of algorithm innovation led to the acceleration of ASIC chips
The only way to go further down is to serve specific businesses
With enough layer1, many challenges emerge
With so many platforms for developers, development costs and learning costs gradually increasing
Different layer1 has different standards, if developers want to deploy on multiple platforms, they may need to find all the developers of rust/solidity/move, etc.
This is where middleware comes into the picture, marketed as a way to smooth out development costs and time for developers
Whether cross-platform or with a higher performance execution layer, how to better link the Dapp to users
The need for an intermediary to act as a middleware
As the middleware acts as a link, it has a network effect of its own, and the more roles and projects it links, the stronger the value is captured.
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