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Ticker symbol EOS
White paper EOS.IO Technical White Paper on GitHub
Initial release Dawn 3.0.1-alpha[2] / January 31, 2018; 14 months ago (2018-01-31)
Code repository eos.io on GitHub
Development status Currently under development
Written in C++
Operating System multi platform
Developer(s) block.one
License MIT License (open source)
Website www.eos.io
Timestamping scheme delegated Proof-of-stake
Block time 500 ms
Circulating supply 828,948,913 (1st of May 2018)
Exchange rate $18.91 (1st of May 2018)[3]
Market cap $15.6 billion (1st of May 2018)[4]
Industry Blockchain
Area served
Key people
Brendan Blumer (CEO), Dan Larimer (CTO)
Products Decentralized applications
Website www.block.one

EOSIO[5] is a cryptocurrency token and blockchain that claims to operate as a smart contract platform for the deployment of decentralized applications and decentralized autonomous corporation.[6]

EOSIO aims to become a decentralized operating system supporting industrial-scale applications, with claims to eliminate transaction fees and also conduct millions of transactions per second.[7]

History[edit | edit source]

Based on a white paper published in 2017, the EOSIO platform is currently being developed by private company block.one to be released as open-source software on June 1, 2018.[8] In order to ensure widespread distribution of the native token at the launch of the blockchain, one billion tokens are being distributed on the ethereum blockchain by block.one.[9] This will provide a distribution that anyone can use to launch the EOS blockchain once the software is released, while the CEO of block.one, Brendan Blumer, announced that block.one will support the EOSIO blockchain with over one billion USD in funding from the token sale.[10] On November 29, 2017, at BlockShow Asia, block.one revealed a publicly available testing environment called EOSIO Single-Threaded Application Testnet (“EOS STAT”).[11] A January 2018 credit rating of cryptocurrencies reported B ratings for EOS and Ethereum.[12]

Technical description[edit | edit source]

The aim of the platform is to provide decentralized application hosting, smart contract capability and decentralized storage enterprise solutions that solve the scalability issues of blockchains like Bitcoin and Ethereum, as well as eliminating all fees for users. EOSIO accomplishes this by being both multi-threaded (able to run on multiple computer cores) as well using delegated proof-of-stake for its consensus protocol.[11] It aims to be the first decentralized operating system (EOSIO) that provides a development environment for decentralized applications like Steemit, a social network with monetary incentives and BitShares, a decentralized cryptocurrency exchange (DEX).

The main native token, EOS, is a utility token that provides both bandwidth and storage on the blockchain, in proportion to total stake (owning 1% of EOS tokens allows for usage of up to 1% of the total available bandwidth). EOS tokens also allow the owner to cast votes and participate in the on-chain governance of the blockchain, again in proportion to the owner's stake. The EOSIO platform will vote for 21 block producers during its launch, who will generate and validate blocks within a 500 ms block time.[13][14] General purpose and smart contract language to build upon the EOS platform will be WebAssembly (Rust, C, C++),[15] a portable stack machine that is developed at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) with engineers from Mozilla, Microsoft, Google and Apple.[16].

block.one, EOSIO Ecosystem and Everipedia[edit | edit source]

block.one is a company registered in the Cayman Islands, which began offering EOS tokens in June 2017 to the public, raising over $700 million.[17] Daniel Larimer is currently the Chief Technology Officer of block.one, notable for his role in building Bitshares, a decentralized exchange, building Steemit, a decentralized social media platform, developing delegated proof-of-stake and proposing the idea of a decentralized autonomous corporation.[18][19][20]

On December 6, 2017, Everipedia, a for-profit, wiki-based online encyclopedia, announced plans using EOS blockchain technology and work on an airdrop token called IQ to encourage generating information.[21] The IQ tokens are intended to be exchangeable for Bitcoin.[22] One of the goals of the company is to stop certain countries from blocking the content, by the integration of the blockchain model.[23] Once Everipedia is decentralized and hosted on the EOSIO platform, countries such as Turkey and Iran that block Wikipedia will no longer be able to block it, via Everipedia's fork.[24] Mike Novogratz, CEO of Galaxy Investment LP, a cryptocurrency investment firm, and block.one led a group of institutions that invested $30 million in Everipedia on February 8, 2018. Novogratz also funds EOSIO Ecosystem, a $325-million joint venture between his Galaxy Digital LP and block.one.[25]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Larimer, Daniel (2018-04-05). "EOSIO Dawn 3.0 Now Available". Medium. Retrieved 2018-04-06. 
  2. "eos: An open source smart contract platform". 9 February 2018 – via GitHub. 
  3. "EOS". Coinmarketcap. 
  4. "EOS". Coinmarketcap. 
  5. Larimer, Daniel (2018-04-05). "EOSIO Dawn 3.0 Now Available". Medium. Retrieved 2018-04-06. 
  6. Stanley, Aaron (2017-06-25). "EOS: Unpacking the Big Promises Behind a Possible Blockchain Contender - CoinDesk". CoinDesk. Retrieved 2017-12-19. 
  7. "What is EOS Blockchain: Beginners Guide - Blockgeeks". 
  8. "EOS.IO Technical White Paper". GitHub. 2017-06-26. Retrieved 2017-12-19. 
  9. Kastelein, Richard (2017-06-27). "EOS Blockchain Operating System Unveils Year-Long Token Distribution". Blockchain News. Retrieved 2017-12-19. 
  10. Kimani, Michael (2017-10-09). "BREAKING: block.one CEO Brendan Blumer Announces $1 Billion in Capital for EOS Projects - Cryptovest". Cryptovest. Retrieved 2017-12-19. 
  11. 11.0 11.1 "BlockShow Asia 2017 Begins, Opens With Big EOS Announcement". Cointelegraph. 29 November 2017. 
  12. Cheng, Evelyn (24 January 2018). "Ratings firm issues first grades on cryptocurrencies, sparking outrage online and a cyberattack". 
  13. "EOS.IO Development Update — Steemit". steemit.com. 
  14. "EOS.IO DAWN 2.0 Released & Development Update — Steemit". steemit.com. 
  15. "Web Assembly on EOS - 50,000 Transfers Per Second — Steemit". steemit.com. 
  16. Bright, Peter (18 June 2015). "The Web is getting its bytecode: WebAssembly". Ars Technica. Condé Nast. 
  17. "The most mind-blowing cryptocurrency ICO of all time is going on right now". Business Insider. 
  18. "DAN LARIMER: Visionary Programmer of BitShares, Steem and EOS". Hacker Noon. 2017-06-11. Retrieved 2017-12-19. 
  19. "Meet Cryptonomex's Dan Larimer And His 'Four Horsemen' Of Crypto-Economics". Forbes. 2015. 
  20. Kauflin, Jeff. "Dan Larimer's Path From Working On Weapons To Minting Crypto Riches". 
  21. del Castillo, Michael (6 December 2017). "Encyclopedia Blockchainica: Wikipedia Co-Founder to Disrupt His Own Creation". CoinDesk. 
  22. Sitaraman, Viputheshwar (12 November 2015). "Q&A: Mahbod Moghadam — Cofounder, Everipedia". HuffPost. 
  23. Wallenbergtorsdag, Björn (14 December 2017). "Wikipedia-grundare ansluter till utmanare startad av svensk 22-åring" [Wikipedia-founders Connect to challenger started by Swedish 22-year-old] (in Swedish). DiGITAL. 
  24. Rubin, Peter (6 December 2017). "The Wikipedia Competitor That's Harnessing Blockchain For Epistemological Supremacy". Wired. 
  25. "Novogratz's new fund, others invest $30 million in online encyclopedia". 8 February 2018 – via Reuters. 

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