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Cerberus Infographic Series - Chapter II

June 14, 2021

Welcome to the Cerberus Infographic Series, where we take an in-depth look at how Cerberus, Radix’s unique consensus protocol, will provide the unlimited, frictionless scalability required to bring Decentralized Finance (DeFi) to billions of people.

Today’s chapter is Chapter II:

  • Episode 4: What is Radix?

We explain that Radix is software run on nodes (computers) that collectively form the Radix Public Network. We then explore how the two layers of Radix, Radix Engine and Cerberus, work hand in hand to deliver the features that distinguish Radix from all other distributed ledgers.

  • Episode 5: The Shardspace and Validator Sets

We examine one of the keys to Radix’s immense scalability — pre-sharding of the Radix ledger into a practically infinite number of fixed shards.

We then go on to describe how Validator Sets, which are collections of nodes, each serve an individual shard.

Here’s the running order:

Chapter I: Introduction; Summary; Why Blockchains Can’t Scale

Chapter II: What is Radix?; The Shardspace and Validator Sets

Chapter III: Substate; Substate and Transactions

Chapter IV: Shard Allocation; Transactions

Chapter V: Nakamoto vs BFT-style Consensus; Consensus - Local Cerberus

Chapter VI: Consensus - Emergent Cerberus; Partial Ordering - Parallelization of Processing

Chapter VII: Maintaining a Record of Transactions; Sybil Resistance Through Proof of Stake; Conclusion

Chapter II: What is Radix?; The Shardspace and Validator Sets

Download the PDFs or continue reading below!

If you’re feeling adventurous before the rest of the chapters, you can take a look at the Cerberus Whitepaper or independent academic validation of Cerberus for the technical details! 

In the meantime, feel free to jump into the Radix Telegram channel or Discord to ask any questions, take a look at the Radix blog for the latest news and other topics, and sign-up for the Radix newsletter to get regular updates.

NEXT: Substate; Substate and Transactions

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