In a tweet, RippleX told about the new design of XRP Ledger sidechains.
In a tweet, RippleX recently told about the new design of XRP Ledger sidechains. Was noted:
The new design for #XRPLedger sidechains makes it easier for developers to get started with sidechains.
Also on a special website it was stated:
The original design for XRPL sidechains introduced an innovation called a “federator”—a piece of software that connects to at least two instances of the XRPL software. On one side, the federator connects to XRP Ledger Mainnet and to one (or more) sidechains on the other side.
The federator software allows anyone to run a sidechain to the XRP Ledger while having the freedom to decide how their chains work.
While the core concept remains the same, the new design for XRP Ledger sidechains does away with the federator and instead leverages a “witness.”
Why? Witness servers introduce more simplicity for developers wanting to get started with sidechains. Moving from a system in which servers depend on a shared global state between servers (a federator) to one where servers act independently (a witness) makes testing and debugging easier while making sidechains more robust in production. The new design also addresses several pain points, such as fee escalation and transaction throughput.