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Sub-Zero 2023: Polkadot’s co-founder shares personal vision for the protocol



Rob Habermeier, cofounder of Polkadot, took the stage at the Sub0 event and delivered a presentation outlining a new model for Polkadot’s core layer. 

In his talk, Rob discussed the evolution of Polkadot and its builders and introduced a conceptual split that could revolutionize how core resources are utilized within the Polkadot ecosystem.

According to the co-founder, the first “Sub0” event, which took place five years ago in 2018, marked a significant milestone in the development of Polkadot. 

He continued by saying that it was there where the potential of Polkadot became evident as builders from all over the world gathered to collaborate on the innovative technology stack.

He added that speaking from a personal perspective as a member of the Polkadot Fellowship, builders, those who use Polkadot’s software to create new applications and solutions, are the ones who give life to Polkadot’s vision, making it more than just a concept but a thriving ecosystem.

Reworking Polkadot core time

After the successful launch of Polkadot 1.0, the focus has shifted to identifying generalizations of existing technology to create new attachment points for building. 

This involves using the knowledge gained from what has been built to open up new development opportunities.

He went on to say that a major topic of discussion to look at is agile core time, which deals with core procurement, a crucial aspect of Polkadot’s infrastructure. 

Each core on Polkadot has specific data availability and throughput capabilities, and there are plans to increase the number of cores to over 200 by 2024.

However, he proposed allocating core time to builder sets rather than individual parachains, which would enhance flexibility and experimentation in core utilization. This could enable atomic composability and efficient resource sharing.

“Current use cases need far less than one core but core sharing within workloads is generally going to be way better for application experience than core sharing with full workloads.”

Beyond parachains

Another proposal he talked about is to expand the Polkadot protocol beyond the Parachain model. This will include the capability to deploy smart contracts directly to a Polkadot core, catering to developers at various stages.

“This is what should guide us in building things that are useful for end users but usual and doesn’t necessarily mean built by application teams,” he said

Overall, the presentation highlights the evolving nature of Polkadot’s core layer, with a focus on innovation, flexibility, and efficient resource utilization to benefit the ecosystem and end users. The goal is to build a more open and adaptable system.

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