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Cerberus Infographic Series - Chapter V

June 21, 2021

Welcome back 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 V:

  • Episode 10: Nakamoto vs BFT-style Consensus - We provide background information on consensus protocols, summarizing the two most popular classes: Nakamoto, which is what’s used in Bitcoin; and BFT-style, which is the class of protocol that Cerberus falls under.
  • Episode 11: Consensus - Local Cerberus - We explain how local Cerberus works, which is how nodes in the same “validator set” come to consensus with one another within a single 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 V: Nakamoto vs BFT-style Consensus; Consensus - Local Cerberus

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.

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