Saturday, June 22, 2024

Navigating the Way forward for Cross-Chain Interoperability: An Interview with Dr. Weijia Zhang

By Bradley Stone, EEA Analysis Lead

“It’s an thrilling but difficult time, and we need to broaden the working group, particularly with the rising significance of cross-chain interoperability within the trade.”

Cross-chain interoperability is outlined as the power to switch belongings from one blockchain to a different, ship and obtain messages throughout blockchains, and provoke actions throughout a number of blockchains. Because the blockchain area evolves, cross-chain communication has turn into one in all its most vital facets. This contains working inside the context of public Ethereum blockchains.

In a dialog with Weijia Zhang, Chair of the EEA Crosschain Interoperability Working Group and Vice President of Engineering at  Wanchain, we delve into the alternatives, challenges, and way forward for cross-chain use instances, DeFi, and requirements. Right here’s what he needed to say:

Weijia, what’s the present state of cross-chain interoperability, and the way is the Crosschain Working Group addressing it?

A: Now we have revealed paperwork outlining cross-chain interoperability use instances and tips to assist educate decision-makers and groups on implementing cross-chain expertise with security as a prime precedence. Ongoing work expands upon these efforts and contains specs that we hope will quickly be adopted by the trade as interoperability requirements. It’s an thrilling but difficult time, and we need to broaden the group, particularly with the rising significance of cross-chain interoperability within the trade.

You’ve written a textbook and at present lead the Good Contract Growth course on the College of Texas as an adjunct school. How do you make useful content material on this new and continuously altering area?

Instructing gives distinctive challenges. College students of blockchain expertise are desirous to be extra concerned in enterprise-level growth however typically discover themselves drawn outdoors of the trade. Usually, college students be a part of a pilot blockchain venture with a serious company solely to see that venture lose funding or fall off the map in beneath two years. A lot of that’s nonetheless depending on financial circumstances, additionally constrained by the regulatory atmosphere. Nonetheless, the effectiveness of coaching and academic supplies can be at odds with the pace of recent developments within the trade. Blockchain-related expertise is evolving at a speedy tempo. All of this solely accentuates the necessity for sufficient coaching and schooling. The ecosystem is behind in hiring individuals with the fitting expertise, and this hole should be stuffed.

Improvements like ZK and layer-two supply options to a number of the most vital issues holding again mass adoption of Ethereum, but challenges persist. Are you able to broaden on this?

A: ZK could successfully remedy the privateness challenge, however scalability stays a priority on a number of ranges. Nonetheless, the ecosystem is making progress. Ethereum 2.0’s success and improvements like ConsenSys zkEVM are promising indicators. Ethereum’s clean transition to proof-of-stake consensus, the huge vitality financial savings, and the numerous efficiency enhancements improve Ethereum’s enterprise readiness. 

Lastly, Weijia, what’s your outlook on the way forward for cross-chain interoperability?

It’s complicated, however I’m optimistic. We should standardize specs, proceed innovating, and take note of regulation areas. 

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Additionally, the EEA Crosschain Interoperability Working Group is looking for brand spanking new members. Be a part of right this moment as a part of this important progress space within the crypto area. Your participation can form the longer term!


Dr. Weijia Zhang is the EEA Regional Head of China at Enterprise Ethereum Alliance and the Vice President of Engineering at Wanchain Basis. With an intensive background in R&D and engineering, his experience spans blockchain, cognitive sciences, psychological modeling, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), software program modeling, laptop applied sciences, and industrial requirements. He has authored over thirty analysis and technical papers and holds greater than twenty patents in laptop and digital expertise. 

Dr. Zhang additionally performed a job as a technical committee voting member to publish the Resolution Deployment Descriptor (SDD) by OASIS. 

Along with his skilled contributions, he serves as an adjunct school on the College of Texas, instructing the Good Contract Growth course.

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