The recent 256% Polkadot (DOT) recovery over the past 56 days has been nothing short of spectacular. Although the price is 23% below its $49.80 all-time high from four months ago, the altcoin’s $39 billion market capitalization has outperformed the Ether (ETH) by 66% over the past thirty days.
Polkadot/USDT. Source: Bybt.com
Polkadot is a blockchain network designed to support various interconnected, application-specific parallel chains, known as parachains. This scalability-focused project breaks up transactions into many shards and processes them in parallel, similar to what ETH 2.0 aims to achieve.
Polkadot refers to the entire ecosystem of parachains that plug into a single base platform known as the relay chain. This baselayer provides security to the network and handles the consensus, finality and voting logic.
To support parachain launches, users vote for projects by locking up DOT tokens. Currently, only Kusama — Polkadot’s “canary” network and an early, unrefined release of Polkadot — is holding its own auctions for these slots. Polkadot