Muneeb Ali, the CEO and co-founder of BlockStack, a leading “decentralized computing platform” focused on “working towards taking the internet back to its decentralized roots”, has argued that “massively scalable distributed systems are extremely well-studied.”
Ali, who recently earned his Phd in computer science from the prestigious Princeton University, cited several research papers - in order to prove his point. He first referenced “Dynamo: Amazon’s Highly Available Key-value Store”, a research document which explains how Dynamo is used to keep many of Amazon’s “core [distributed] services” online (almost all the time).
Ali, a former researcher at Stanford University, also mentioned that Spanner, which is “Google’s globally distributed database”, has been developed in order to help “distribute data at global scale and support externally-consistent distributed transactions.” According to Google, Spanner is a “scalable, multi-version, globally distributed, and synchronously-replicated database.”
Crypto Projects Built With "Pie-In-The Sky" Ideas
Additionally, Ali pointed out that Facebook’s photo storage system - which currently helps in managing over 260 billion images that have been uploaded to the giant social media platform - uses various sophisticated distributed storage techniques to efficiently store and manage pictures.
After noting that many established companies have been working on creating robust data management solutions, Ali remarked:
Crypto projects are mostly buzz with pie-in-the-sky scalability ideas.
Also arguing that:
The world is not going to move from cloud computing to decentralized systems by marketing buzz. You need to involve the real scientists, do the hard work of scalable design, [and] build production systems. Armchair scientists hurt, not help.
In response to Ali’s statements, Twitter user “The Crypto Reporter” (@CryptoReporter) noted that the Cardano (ADA) platform is the “gold standard” when it comes to developing interoperable, sustainable and scalable solutions. Crypto Reporter also argued that Cardano’s blockchain-based platform was being “built [according] to scientific and academic standards.”
Cardano (ADA) Being Built According To Industry Best Practices
He added that Cardano’s blockchain would be “quantum resistant” and that all updates to the platform were made after extensive “academic peer-reviews.” Moreover, Cardano reportedly:
- uses a “provably secure” proof-of-stake (PoS) consensus protocol,
- applies sophisticated “formal verification” methods,
- allows developers to write code in the Haskell (functional) programming language,
- and has gone through regular “third-party audits.”
Dileban (@Dileban), a researcher at IBM, remarked (via Twitter):
Distributed systems design is about trade-offs. Decentralizing the world isn't the vision, but rather figuring out what you want to optimize for while trading off others. Decentralize clouds and lose workload efficiencies, economies of scale.