Dilithium: New Consensus Materials

Our research team, including yours truly, has been working diligently on the development of our latest consensus protocol, version 2, codename “Dilithium.”

Dilithium is a new protocol that combines the underlying proof-of-space from the Chia protocol with erasure coding and KZG commitments to produce a very lightweight, secure, and energy-efficient variant of proof-of-archival storage (PoAS) consensus. This new protocol represents a major step forward in security and user experience for Subspace farmers, and we are excited to share our progress with you.

@Chen_Feng_2023 has completed the first draft of an academic research paper outlining the Dilithium protocol’s fundamentals. This paper is the culmination of countless hours of research, analysis, and discussions, and we believe it represents a significant contribution to the field.

In addition to the research paper, we have also created a technical specification that outlines the technical details of the Dilithium protocol. This specification is designed to ensure that our development team has a clear set of guidelines to follow as they work to bring the protocol to life.

We held also a detailed Dilithium presentation for our engineers and finally made it public. This presentation covered all aspects of the protocol, from its underlying proof-of-space to its use of erasure coding and KZG commitments. It was a comprehensive overview of the protocol, and we believe it was an important step in bringing Dilithium to the wider audience. In the coming weeks we will also release several blogs on mathematical background and intuitions behind the construction.

Moving forward, we are working closely with our affiliate researchers, Security Research Labs and Supranational, to audit the full security and ASIC resistance. This is a critical step in ensuring that the protocol is not only secure but also efficient and effective in its use.