The growing success of a blockchain ecosystem can also become its downfall. In the case of the BNB Chain, the time has come to explore better scaling solutions through side chains, known as BAS. An interesting approach that can offer many benefits to developers and users.
The BAS Concept
BAS Is an acronym of BNB Application Sidechain. A solid name, as it immediately explains what this change is all about. The BNB Chain developers acknowledge there is a growing need for offloading some of the network’s data to a side chain – or multiple chains – and avoid BNB Chain congestion.
Although many people touted as BNB Chain to be more scalable than Ethereum, it runs into the same issues. A growing number of unique addresses, dApps, games, and NFTs have given rise to slower transactions, higher fees, and blocks filling up. It is an unavoidable outcome and one that will elevate the ecosystem to new heights.
The BAS upgrade is part of BEP-100, and will introduce better scaling for all applications running on the BNB Chain. That includes both current and future projects. However, the technology still needs to be tested. A BAS testnet has been spun up by Ankr, Celer, and NodeReal, with more entities likely to support this solution moving forward.
The objective of the BSC Application Sidechain is to power the BNB Chain ecosystem. That means support for Web3, MetaFi, GameFi, Metaverse, DeFi, marketplaces, NFT collectibles, and fan tokens. Especially that latter part is intriguing, as fan tokens are often overlooked in the crypto industry.
What Will Change Exactly?
There are still many unknown factors where BAS is concerned. It will combine several improvements and technologies to make BNB Chain more robust and versatile. One option being explored is Erigon, which will decrease the time and storage aspects of BNB Chain. More efficiency in data storage and performance increases are always worth pursuing.
Another option being mulled is the use of Parallel EVM. Transactions through the Ethereum Virtual Machine are processed sequentially, although a parallelized approach may speed things up significantly. However, it is far from an easy process, warranting further research into the matter.
One thing that will need to change either way is the number of BNB Chain validators. The current number is far too small to remotely consider the network as being decentralized. Adding more validators will enhance the overall decentralization – although only slightly – and benefit overall block production. However, it will be interesting to see how that will affect the network’s cross-chain and multi-chain ambitions.
To facilitate the BAS vision, there needs to be a BNB Chain Partition Chain, or BPC. It is a new subspace that can be a shard or Layer-2 solution to offload bits of data, computing, and transactions to parallel blockchains. BPC will require validators, with anyone being able to fill that role for one or multiple BPC on the BNB Beacon Chain.
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