China’s Search Engine Baidu Releases New Blockchain OS in Effort for More dApp Development
Decentralized applications (dApp) are one of the most creative side to blockchain technology’s advancement. Developers have used these programs for multiple purposes, but the nascent sector has plenty of room for growth.
Baidu, a Chinese company that is commonly known for its search engine and web services, has decided to launch the Baidu Blockchain Engine (BBE). This new operating system will be a catalyst behind dApp development for the whole industry, according to an announcement by Baidu Cloud this morning.
On Baidu Cloud, consumers will find that the company describes the new OS as an open source, commercialized platform, which it says is “the only way to build a blockchain operating system.” The Baidu “ABC” technology strategy appears to be the basis for the new blockchain engine, including artificial intelligence, big data, and cloud computing.
Ultimately, the system should make the development of decentralized applications “as simple as creating a mobile app.” Considering that BBE is built on an intelligent cloud platform, Baidu Cloud believes that BBE will ultimately be a source of support for all blockchain products.
It helps to manage some of the issues that are presently in blockchain’s infrastructure, which often is plagued by high data storage costs, a lack of efficiency in single-machine storage, and computing bottlenecks.
The developers are able to use BBE for services like multi-chain and middle-tier frameworks. It is also set up in a way that developers can access templates for smart contracts and dApps, instead of working from scratch.
The whole BBE is compatible with the Baidu private cloud, which means that consumers can implement their own dApp to test various scenarios with the BaaS platform.
There are six main functions in mind that the Baidu Blockchain Lab designed BBE to accomplish, acting as a
“trusted computing environment, high performance and high throughput, scalable storage, cross-chain trusted interactions, smart contract support, and contract security audits.”
The whitepaper for Baidu Blockchain was released last year in September, which also describes an endeavor that is still being worked on called the Super Chain network system. This project aims to commercialize the cloud platform, though it presently acts as a stereo network to help parallel sidechains.