ePIC Blockchain and Aion today announced they will partner to “set the standard for building best-in-class blockchains.” The lack of alignment between protocol developers and the infrastructure required to run scalable distributed networks is a core constraint on the growth of the blockchain economy.
Collaboration between protocol developers like Aion, its community, and hardware designers like ePIC is demonstrating how the alignment of software and hardware design will develop a distributed network that can scale with fewer infrastructure driven forks, which fragment the protocol community from building value.
Additionally, ePIC is releasing an HDL (Hardware Descriptive Language) design to ensure the Aion Network is supported by a best-in-class hardware ecosystem.
The ePIC-Aion partnership will result in the first open source implementation of Equihash on an FPGA (Field-programmable gate array), producing a 10x efficiency gain over a Graphics Processing Unit (GPU), resulting in a more secure, decentralized, and scalable processing network.
ePIC, as a leading blockchain hardware developer, continues to build upon its IP portfolio and industry relationships in support of its long-term vision of developing a blockchain specific processor. The ePIC blockchain processor is designed to serve as the processing platform of choice for secure, decentralized, and scalable blockchains.
“Working with Aion is a fantastic first partnership for ePIC to develop hardware in collaboration with a protocol developer and more importantly, their community. This is one of the first examples of Trustware development where both software and hardware development teams are collaborating to generate a highly secure, decentralized, and scalable platform.”
The relationship between Aion and ePIC is can serve as a reference model for how blockchains can collaborate on hardware and protocol development. The alignment of hardware and protocol development through the community is a path to scalability, stability, and adoption.