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Heading Toward a Multichain World Why the isolated blockchains of today need Reactive Network for a unified tomorrow

By Shlok Sharma

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As 2023 draws to a close, the blockchain community is witnessing a resurgence after a tumultuous year. The rebound is evident, but it brings to light a critical issue: the growing fragmentation of the blockchain ecosystem.

Each Layer 1 and Layer 2 blockchain operates in isolation, serving unique niches but lacking a cohesive framework for cross-chain interaction. This separation limits the potential synergies and efficiencies that could be achieved through a more interconnected blockchain environment.

The fragmented landscape and the need for integration

The current blockchain landscape is akin to a series of isolated islands. Ethereum, Solana, BNB Chain and others, while thriving individually, are unable to leverage each other's strengths due to a lack of efficient interoperability mechanisms. This siloed nature poses significant challenges, especially when considering the future scalability and utility of decentralized applications (DApps). Liquidities, developer focus and trading activities are all split across multiple isolated ecosystems instead of fully tapping into the potential of the entire Web3 space.

Existing solutions, including oracles and bridges, have attempted to unite these ecosystems. But they often compromise on decentralization and fail to provide a trustless mode of operation, leading to security vulnerabilities and inefficiencies, including high data fees and expensive wholesale processing of data. The need for a comprehensive and clinical solution that can seamlessly integrate these diverse ecosystems is becoming increasingly urgent.

Defining a trustless, efficient, common ground

The continued rise and dominance of various Layer 1s and 2s may be exciting to see, but the lack of an underlying common foundation to potentially unite them all will lead to a fragmented experience in the future blockchain world.

A trustless solution that unites all participating blockchains would serve to be incredibly beneficial as such a solution would provide the avenues for communicating between the different layers — all while existing as a decentralized solution.

Serving as a decentralized communications backhaul for participating blockchains, this solution should go beyond just relaying information from one chain to another. Rather, all chains should be able to listen for information related to events that have been emitted from other chains, at low or no cost. In particular, the value of this would be for participating chains not only to know what has happened on another chain, but also to react accordingly based on what a user or program may need and following the events from the originating chain.

Lastly, as an underlying backhaul capable of relaying and reacting to transactions, such a decentralized solution should also be able to shoulder some of the transaction processing burden that may be faced by the chains within its network. By providing an underlying foundation for all of the chains, this solution would also ideally carry some of the transactional burden to facilitate communications between chains.

Today's solutions fall short, but tomorrow is reactive

Today, there are many solutions that claim to offer varying forms of blockchain connectivity — whether it be through oracle solutions, bridges, or other data middle layers. But the solutions of today rarely are decentralized, definitely are not bearing some of the transactional load of blockchains, and cannot react trustlessly on-chain to the events of another.

While these limitations may not be of significant concern today, they are worthy of consideration for the future world of blockchain — especially as Layer 1s and 2s continue to establish themselves and grow their communities.

One company that has been following these trends closely has been PARSIQ. Established in 2018, the company has navigated some of the toughest crypto winters while reinventing and improving itself over, and over, and over again.

The company's latest pivot is its most ambitious and industry relevant yet. Understanding the significant gaps that will soon exist with the growth of Layer 1s and 2s but without a unifying, underlying backhaul, PARSIQ is set to build its Reactive Network.

Fully decentralized at full implementation, the Reactive Network will introduce a new concept called Reactive Smart Contracts, which will allow smart contracts to natively react to the events emitted by another (instead of relying on off-chain solutions). These events are observed rather than called, which means data costs are kept at a fraction of existing data solutions. These capabilities will provide a trustless experience for all those involved and look to increase throughput of transactions across the network, forming the next generation of core data infrastructure for the Web3 space.

Further, through Reactive Smart Contracts, the decentralized Reactive Network will be processing transactions on behalf of the blockchains it supports, helping to offload growing transactional and computational needs of relevant Layer 1s and 2s.

The future is trustless, efficient and unified

The evolution of blockchain technology is at a crucial juncture. The potential for growth and innovation is immense, but it hinges on the ability to create a unified, interoperable framework. The Reactive Network by PARSIQ is set to be a key player in this transformation, offering a foundational layer that promises to bring cohesion and efficiency to the fragmented blockchain world.

As the Reactive Network progresses, it opens up new possibilities for blockchain applications and use cases, transcending the limitations of current infrastructures. PARSIQ's ongoing fundraising for the Reactive Network presents an opportunity for forward-thinking investors to be part of this transformative journey.

The question now is, are we ready to embrace this trustless, efficient and unified multichain world that the Reactive Network is set to usher in?

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