CartesiCartesi has provided what it says is the first ever dApp infrastructure which runs an operating system (OS) on top of blockchains. It launched its platform as the it completed a funding period for Q1.

We are excited to be launching the first ever Linux infrastructure that runs on top of  blockchain, while we complete our second round of funding,” says Cartesi CEO Erick de Moura.

Erick de Moura, CEO, Cartesi
Erick de Moura, CEO, Cartesi

Blockchains and decentralization will allow for a new exciting range of applications, but with the current state of DApps, the space is very limited, making it very difficult for mainstream adoption. So, we are striving to create serious change and increase the viability of dApp development on top of blockchain.

The need

As blockchain moves out of the shadows and into mainstream consciousness. Programming and developing infrastructure must adapt to the new technology for other, non-crypto purposes.

It is possible to develop directly on the blockchain. But the process:

  • is complex and lengthy
  • leaves applications with limited computational capabilities.

The Cartesi approach

The approach taken by Cartesi, is to bring all the tools and capabilities available in a modern operating system (Linux) to the decentralised web. The Cartesi solution provides a legitimate and fully-fledged Linux OS that:

  • Enhances the capabilities of decentralised applications
  • avoids compromising on the security guarantees of blockchain.
Cartesi
Cartesi’s Linux infrastructure for scaleable decentralised applications

In effect Cartesi enables programmers to:

  • code decentralised applications seamlessly
  • maintain the appeal of mainstream web apps.

In this way Cartesi overcomes present limitations and any new OS steep learning curve, by:

  • reducing the barrier of entry for mainstream developers
  • eliminating the need to learn new programming languages and domain-specific tools.

Enterprise Times: what does this mean

Cartesi hopes to enable developers to use the familiar and powerful software components supported by Linux to create dApps. If this works as envisaged, developers will be free of many of the hassles associated with limited domain-specific blockchain environments. Mainstream developers can build dApps with software stacks they are already familiar with.

As important, Cartesi dApps should be portable across most relevant blockchains. Developers will not need to worry about the longevity of specific blockchain projects – a significant potential bonus.

Cartesi is also launching Creepts. This is a decentralised ‘tower defense tournament game’. More importantly, Cartesi has built Creepts as a demonstrator on-top of its computing Layer-2 solution for blockchains.

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Charles Brett is a business/technology analyst consultant. His specialist areas include enterprise software, blockchain and enterprise mobility tech (including metering). Specific industry sectors of interest and experience include finance (especially systems supporting wholesale finance), telecommunications and energy. Charles has spoken at multiple industry conferences, has written for numerous publications (including the London Times and the Financial Times). He was the General Chair of the bi-annual High Performance Systems Workshop, 2005. In addition he is an author and novelist. His Technology books include: Making the Most of Mobility Vol I (eBook, 2012); Explaining iTunes, iPhones and iPads for Windows Users (eBook, 2011); 5 Axes of Business Application Integration (2004). His published novels, in the Corruption Series, include: The HolyPhone Confessional Crisis, Corruption’s Price: A Spanish Deceit and Virginity Despoiled. The fourth in The Corruption Series - Resurrection - has is now available. Charles has a B.A. and M.A in Modern History from the University of Oxford. He has lived or worked in Italy, Abu Dhabi, South Africa, California and New York, Spain, Israel, Estonia and Cyprus.

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