Proof of Capacity (PoC) Summary [Cryptocurrency consensus mechanisms]
Proof of Capacity (PoC) consensus algorithms require network participants to prove they have performed a certain amount of storage operations in order to mine a valid block. Where Proof of Work consensus requires users to prove they have performed computations in time (to guarantee a 10 minute space between Bitcoin blocks, for example), Proof of […]
Proof of Space Time (PoST) Summary [Cryptocurrency consensus mechanisms]
Physicists have been discussing spacetime since the early 1900’s. A very smart person, by the name of Albert Einstein, modeled space as 4 dimensions rather than just 3. The axis were then X, Y, Z and …. time. Fortunately, you don’t need to understand Relativity Theory in order to grasp Proof of Spacetime! PoST Fast […]
Proof of Burn (PoB) Summary [Cryptocurrency consensus mechanisms]
In the Proof of Burn (PoB) consensus mechanism, miners earn the right to mint the next block by burning some value in the blockchain. All proof systems are based on the principle that minting a block must incurr in some cost, otherwise fraudsters could inject invalid transactions into the blockchain. Bitcoin achieves this by making […]
Proof of Elapsed Time (POET) Summary [Cryptocurrency consensus mechanisms]
In this poetically named consensus mechanism, network participants prove that they have slept for a random amount of time before being able to mint a block. POET was released by Intel in 2016 and was originally aimed at trusted computing using Intel CPU’s. A special instruction set called Software Guard Extensions (SGX) allows programs to […]
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A process or system by which multiple parties are able to reach consensus. In the context of cryptocurrencies, it's the process which allows for everyone to agree on everyone else's money balance. E.g. Bitcoin employs Nakamoto consensus via PoW mining.
Abbreviation for Proof of Authority consensus mechanism
Proof of Authority
In the Proof of Authority consensus mechanism, participants stake their reputation within an ecosystem in order to verify transactions.