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Advaith Doosa

Verkle Trees

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State in Ethereum is not a flat parcel of land - its uneven, rocky, and brittle. Merkle trees are cool, but when you think of it

  1. All major retail / normie crypto activity takes place over metamask and now things like / Coinbase Wallet (#9 on app store!)
  2. They typically use infura / alchemy ~ infrastructure provider.

Theres been talk about infura posing a threat etc etc, but I do not care.

State availability is a new interesting problem I've put it on my radar of things to watch.

The first step? Need Look into Verkle Trees

The gist: Verkle trees seem to be a bandwidth-efficient alternative to merkle trees. This is cool. Theres some talk about a 'Portal Network' within ETH R&D and its really cool, probably because it partially relates to devp2p, soemthing which I've been interested in for a bit.

Verkle trees reduce the bandwidth required to move data around. Do the math. Can there exist a decentralized infura alongside a live, running version of eth? Theres p2p already, right?

Could it be possible that in the future, 100k-200k low-resource clients (e.g: 128 Mb memory) are quietly helping core eth p2p layer?

It is possible the peoplewill share state out of pure altruism, one of the core pillars in the ETH community. This changes the game - UX, onboarding, surface area for new apps..

After finals brah

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