LiskLisk’s roadmap to interoperability seeks to enable blockchain applications to communicate and transact with one another. With the Lisk mainchain for full interoperability, it becomes possible to unlock the Lisk blockchain application platform.

Max Kordek, CEO and Co-founder of Lisk, said: “In conceptualising our roadmap to complete ecosystem interoperability, we were struck by the image of the diamond, the multifaceted emblem of invincibility, purity and perfection that represents everything we hope to achieve.

“To reach this point, Lisk will traverse through the gemstones, most immediately through Emerald to Sapphire, building the pathway to the future reveal of the Lisk blockchain application platform’s final form: Diamond. The coming months are going to be enormously exciting and we encourage developers to get involved right now by engaging with our accessible code and loyal community.

Lisk, Javascript and more

Lisk is a platform for building blockchain applications using JavaScript. It has unveiled its roadmap to full ecosystem interoperability, with each phase represented by a different gemstone. The new roadmap outlines the network’s transformation. It describes the increase in capabilities as the technology advances through six phases:

  • Quartz (2016) represented Lisk Core v0 9and the launch of the Lisk network)
  • Amber (2018) was Lisk Core v1 which created a stable network (albeit with limited functionality)
  • Ruby (2019) was Lisk Core v2 – built with the then newly introduced Lisk SDK
  • Emerald will come later in 2021 and be Lisk Core v3 (built with the Lisk SDK v5); it features multiple protocol improvements – like a new fee system, new address system and new consensus algorithm
  • Sapphire, which introduces Lisk interoperability, sees implementation starting in May 2021
  • Diamond is for the future. It will expand the interoperability protocol to third party blockchains for full ecosystem interoperability and will use ‘Lisk Bridges’.

Announced at its recent Lisk.js, the implementation of the Sapphire phase for Lisk has begun. Its focus is on interoperability solution. The objective is to connect the entire Lisk ecosystem for the first time.

Lisk and interoperability

At Lisk.js, the company revealed its approach to interoperability along with the publication of a series of research papers known as LIPs (Lisk Improvement Proposals). Each of the 17 LIPs focuses on interoperability and details a specific piece of research in Lisk’s pursuit of interoperability. Lisk says it publishes each LIP in advance of implementation, to allow for:

  • peer reviews
  • community feedback
  • transparent implementation.

Diamond, the final phase of Lisk’s roadmap (see above), envisages full interoperability with other blockchain protocols. Possible candidates include Ethereum and Polkadot. The intention is to enhance scalability. While blockchain networks differ in security, privacy and throughput, interoperability will permit cross communications between networks. This will diminish the existing hindrances encountered when businesses have or wish to use different blockchain networks.

Enterprise Times: what does this mean

Emerald, as phase four in the Lisk roadmap, sees the Lisk network transitioning into interoperability via the Sapphire phase. Continued expansion and innovation in the space of blockchain interoperability should then lead, at least according to Lisk, to greater accessibility which, in turn, opens up wide-scale use and adoption.

Yet, although interoperability is vital (as Enterprise Times has commented on before, for example here, here and here), what is possibly more striking is the Lisk approach of using JavaScript to build blockchain applications in the Lisk SDK. This broadens the potential developer base. Too often blockchain is too specialist. Just as with blockchain network interoperability, anything which makes blockchain more ‘developable’ must be positive.

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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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