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Try Astar on Blockdaemon Astar Network (previously Plasm) is a scalable and interoperable infrastructure for Web3.0. Since Astar Network is built with Parity’s Substrate framework, it can be a future Polkadot parachain that also acts as a scalable smart contract platform. The Polkadot Relay Chain, by design, does not support smart contracts. This allows Astar the opportunity to fill in this gap.

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Security is our top priority here at Blockdaemon. Our world-class node infrastructure spans across eight different cloud and bare metal providers, guaranteeing vendor and geographical diversity. This means we deploy nodes from a suite of secure data centers distributed across the globe to achieve a diversified and resilient network.

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All nodes purchased through us are 100% customer dedicated. This means your node is yours exclusively. You’ll enjoy a dedicated node which has a unique address, its own unique connection and authentication key. Furthermore, these are never reused. We ensure your node is not open and exposed to anyone on the internet. Any nodes you’d like to add on additionally can be done so quickly and easily as well!

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Blockdaemon is by your side on your blockchain journey. We are the only infrastructure platform for blockchain nodes which offer multi-cloud and multi-geographical support, with just a few clicks. Want custom configurations and branded experiences? No problem, we provide a unified, whole-org, collaborative rollout to manage a complete network. Whatever your needs, we will work closely with you to deliver the solution you need.

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Astar Key Features

Operator Trading

Astar supports Operator Trading, a mechanism to buy and sell Plasm applications. This is similar to a Merger & Acquisition. A developer may want to assign an operator for chain maintenance and administration or other various use cases. Operators will give their rights to operators (explained in key feature 2) who provide a service that seems reasonable to the value given to them. Those who have been granted the rights of the operators can receive the buyout. This mechanism assumes that new off-chain markets will be created.

dApps Staking

This is the reward system for dApps (including Plasm Applications) developers. dApps Staking is a reward mechanism for developers or administrators of smart contracts. 50% of Astar Network's staking reward goes to application developers who have enhanced the value of the Astar Network. Astar allows the assignment of a smart contract administrator, called an "operator." "Operators" can be "Nominated" by other dApps "Nominators." The operator of the smart contract receiving many nominations can receive newly minted tokens from the chain.

Multi-Lockdrop

Lockdrop is a method for distributing tokens. Participants lock tokens from other blockchains (DOT, KSM, or ETH) for a certain duration. Native tokens are then distributed to participants and the opportunity cost that comes is taken as collateral. This can be repeated multiple times to distribute the native token with value to a massive number of token holders.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What does Astar hope to achieve?

    Astar hopes to be a multi-chain bridge to support blockchains on Polkadot. Astar aims to connect multiple layer1 blockchains to Polkadot through the Astar Network.

  • What is the purpose of Astar’s native token?

    The ASTA token is used for facilitating the governance activities such as voting and referenda. ASTA token holders can also stake ASTA tokens on dApps as well as the network. By doing so, the staker can earn ASTA tokens. 

  • What is Astar’s work on Layer2 solutions?

    Astar has received grants (in total 5 grants) from the Web3 Foundation and are implementing the Optimistic Virtual Machine (OVM), a unification for all layer2 protocols. Through the OVM, Plasm developers can use State Channel (TBA), and Rollups (TBA).

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