Ælf (formerly GRID), a project similar to Polkadot

in ethereum •  2 years ago  (edited)

Natural next step in blockchain development is facign the challenges of scalability, performance, governance as well as on the big picture - connecting existing and new chains and providing a "linux-like" framework for creating and adding new commercial chains onto the ecosystem.

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What is AELF?

Crosschain blockchain protocol (Polkadot of China) / a multichain parallel computing and communication framework / "a linux-like blockchain system model" enabling creation of customised blockchains with a customisable consensus

The key goals are:

  • To create a foundational blockchain for a large scale commercial application and allows communication across existing as well as new blockchains
  • Multi-layer blockchain infrastructure connecting both private and consortium blockchains
  • The infrastructure has two levels: the main chain with DPOS consensus mechanism and side chains with customisable consensus mechanisms
  • The main chain uses Merkle Tree format to exchange information between the side chains as well as public blockchains such as Bitcoin and Ethereum
  • Each side chain can support specific and dedicated smart contracts


Other features include:

  • Parallel processing of non-competing transactions
  • Dynamic side chain joining and exiting
  • Flexible protocol update
  • Private chain module
  • Interoperability with existing DAPPs on existing chains

What does AELF improve:

  • Scalability: Current blockchains are not scalable, as the performance of one single node/mining machine determines the performance of the whole system
  • Resources: Current blockchains do not segregate resources for different Smart Contracts, leading to interference among Smart Contract executions
  • Consensus Mechanism: Current blockchains do not have pre-defined consensus protocol to adopt updates or new technology

Technology behind the key improvements

  • Main chain and multilayer side chains: To handle various commercial scenarios. One chain is designed for one use case, distributing different tasks on multiple chains and improving processing efficiency
  • Communication:Communicating with external blockchain systems via messaging
    Parallel processing: Permitting parallel processing for non-competing transactions and cloud-base service
  • Genesis block: Defines basic component of minimum viable block and Genesis Smart Contract collection for each chain to reduce data complexity and achieve high customisation
  • Consensus: Permits stakeholders to approve amendments to the protocol, including redefining the consensus protocol. Permits side chains to join or exit from main chain dynamically based on consensus protocol. Introducing competition and incentive to improve each side chain
  • Please check the White Paper for the following: Side chain indexing and timing of indexing, Merkle Tree structure, Pre-verification and Order calculation, Cross-chain optimisation, AELF operating system interface

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"When m00n? :P"

  • The mainnet launch is scheduled for May 2018

Token function

  • System transaction fee
  • Voting rights on the public blockchain
  • Side chain used to enter Aelf public chain
  • Investing/rewarding good projects built inside Aelf ecosystem

How is AELF different from Polkadot?


  • Both are multi-chain systems
  • Both provide opportunities for scaling
  • Both focus on governance solutions


  • Vision: Polkadot envisions a Web where everyone’s identity and data is safely secured from any central authority. AELF on the other hand, is looking to build a blockchain ecosystem suitable for any industrial problem.
  • Structure: Polkadot creates an environment for multiple state channels while AELF provides main chain+ side chain architecture that coordinate homogeneous chains hosting different Smart Contracts
  • Focus: Polkadot bridges various chains while AELF creates a homogeneous environment in which the performance is increased by parallel processing
  • Scaling: Polkadot is designed to be a blockchain development, deployment and interaction test bed that realizes scaling and extensity. Polkadot enables assimilation of new blockchain technology without the help of over-complicated decentralised coordination on hard forks. AELF, however, enhance the scalability by empowering the nodes. AELF also aims to extend this to a cloud-based service.

In brief:

The best part of Polkadot is the original design of a heterogeneous multi-chain structure, which improves interoperability and extensibility to the largest extent.

The most exciting part of AELF is the ingenious framework that leverages parallel computing to fulfill business needs.


The AELF ecosystem is designed for industrial application. The “one size fits all” Blockchain faces tough dilemmas to balance needs from different business scenarios. For example, digital ticket issuance or payment processing would require high number of transactions per second, while digital legal contracts would emphasize high security and reliability. In a perfect world, there would be one blockchain that would have high efficiency, flexibility, adaptability, and compatibility. One Blockchain cannot satisfy all the various requirements. AELF multi-chain structure can.


Personal reasons why I invested

  • They were 6 times oversubscribed during the private placement
  • Very popular project among "asian whales" investors
  • The marketing team understands the differences between Asian and Western market and are building long-term relationships which they will be able to utilize in future
  • They were/are obviously extremely well prepared since ELF was instantly listed on Binance. Every single token that has been recently listed on Binance immediately
  • I really admire the long-term vision and use of freshly opened opportunities (e.g. Crypto Valley ) as well as next-generation problems to tackle
  • I feel like AELF can really help mainstream blockchain adoption

Closer look at the team and advisors

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"(FBG)[https://www.fbg.capital/] doesn't support many projects. But when they do, expect moon."
An idol investor whom I look up to.


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An example of a recent partnership is the collaboration between FBG, AELF and Decentraland. The intention is to build a digital city called Crypto Valley.

“Blockchain investment has ramped in recent years, but the fact that projects are based in different parts of the world creates an obstacle for communication. Crypto Valley would provide a better way to meet and engage with communities regardless of geography.” 
— Shuoji Zhou, FBG Capital Founding Partner.

“Blockchain markets are globalized, but it’s not always easy for teams, investors, and communities to interact. We wanted to find a way to reduce communication costs, increase efficiency, and make encrypted digital cities the development hub of blockchain technology. Crypto Valley is positioned to achieve that mission.” 
— Zhuling Chen, Aelf co-founder

How did they distribute the tokens

  • There was no ICO, only private placement
  • There were 250 million ELF tokens distributed in exchange for 55 000 ETH contributed
  • Total suply is 1B ELF tokens and is distributed according to the following pie chart
  • The foundation has a 3-year freezing period
  • The team has a 2-year freezing period
  • Advisors and partners have a 2-year freezing period

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Further Resources

Presentation by the COO Chen Zhuling:

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the price already went 10x....is $1 still worth it?

It's always guessing, but the best frameworks seems to be comparing to similar projects. Look at the marketcap and from some similar projects deduce where it can go.

Based on the proposed points of scalability, interoperability, sustainability with proposed sidechains/multichains , I don't see how it is technically superior than cardano.

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There are still several mentions of "Grid" in the article that you could change to Aelf

Ok, will do, thank you :)

Nice comprehensive writeup. This is a coin I have been buying at $1-1.20 during the latest correction. It is an ambitious project for 3rd gen blockchain architecture, and potentially a top 10 coin (15x current price - currently 65th on CMC). AELF have also started a nice 3 year Airdrop programme with ELF coins given to all participants daily for simple tasks, that’s worth joining for the current value and potential upside. The Airdrop programme is invite-only, and this is a link with an invite code that steemers are welcome to use: