As cryptocurrencies gain increasing adoption, the demand for cross-chain transactions has grown tremendously, with buzzwords like “the multichain world” becoming the talk of the town. Although blockchains are still considered novel technology, thousands of public and private blockchains already exist today. Many today, however, are siloed with different technological infrastructures, rules and governance models.
A direct transfer of Bitcoin into the Ethereum blockchain to take advantage of its DeFi applications or Ether into a new up and coming blockchain such as Terra or Avalanche is impossible due to incompatible technologies and token standards. The lack of interoperability is an evolving, growing problem. Yet, interoperability is the key to a decentralised blockchain network and a fundamental function in the road towards Web 3.0.
Read the full version of the In Search of Interoperability: An Overview of the Cross-Chain Market here.