Cardano ecosystem to expand with custom-built sidechains

The team behind the Cardano ecosystem is set to release a software toolkit later this month to enable developers deploy custom-built sidechains on Cardano, aimed at improving the ecosystem, reports Cointelegraph.

The news was announced on 12 January Input Output Global (IOG), a blockchain engineering company founded by Charles Hoskinson and formerly known as Input Output Hong Kong (IOHK). The announcement included the official technical documentation for the sidechain toolkit.

IOG developers have already used the toolkit to construct an Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM)-compatible sidechain public testnet as a “proof-of-concept.” When the audit is complete, anyone will be able to deploy decentralised applications, create smart contracts and move tokens between different testing chains.

The toolkit will also enable the creators of the sidechains to choose their own consensus mechanism in addition to other application-specific features.

A sidechain is an independent blockchain that works adjacent to the parent blockchain, often referred to as the mainnet. Sidechains often attempt to add scalability to the mainnet which often prioritises decentralisation and security.

IOG hopes the sidechain development will “pave the way for mass adoption” on the Cardano ecosystem and “hopes to see a family of Cardano sidechains and partner chains emerging” in the near future.

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