What is Ethereum?
Ethereum is an open-source cryptocurrency created by Vitalik Buterin, Garvin Wood, and Joseph Lubin. Launched in 2015, it is currently the second largest cryptocurrency in terms of market capitalization. Among the functions that drove this cryptocurrency to that position is its technology, specifically the GAS. This system prevents errors and accidents during the different processes to occur in the Ethereum network. In addition, it serves to measure the effort and steps required by each computational process.
The cryptocurrency is called Ether, while the blockchain enabling its operation is called Ethereum. It is based on a decentralized system called Turing machine and its operation has a technology not seen in cryptocurrencies until now, the so-called intelligent contracts. Its objective is to avoid accidents and verify that the agreed transactions are carried out as planned.
Ethereum vs Bitcoin
- While Bitcoin will have a total volume of 21 million somewhere in 2140, the Ether has no supply limits.
- Thanks to the lack of a maximum of Ether units, the Ethereum is not considered to be a deflationary cryptocurrency, which is the case of Bitcoin.
- The time of creation of a block and its subsequent union to the Bitcoin chain is 10 minutes, while that of Ether varies between 12 and 18 seconds.
- The Bitcoin security algorithm is the SHA256 while that of the Ethereum is the Ethash, similar to the SHA3.
- The programming language of Bitcoin is C ++ while that of Ethereum is Turing complete.
- The reward for mining Ethers recently dropped from 5 to 3 units per block, while for mining Bitcoin it remains constant at 12.5 units per block.
- Bitcoin has 8 decimals in the division of its entire part while Ether has 18.