Ethereum Coin – Ethereum is an open-source, public, blockchain-based distributed computing platform featuring smart contract functionality,
which facilitates online contractual agreements.
It provides a decentralized Turing-complete virtual machine,
the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM), which can execute scripts using an international network of public nodes
Ethereum also provides a cryptocurrency token called “ether”, which can be transferred between accounts and used to compensate participant nodes for computations performed.
Gas, an internal transaction pricing mechanism, is used to mitigate spam and allocate resources on the network
Ethereum was proposed in late 2013 by Vitalik Buterin,
a cryptocurrency researcher and programmer.
Development was funded by an online crowdsale during July–August 2014.
The system went live on 30 July 2015, with 11.9 million coins “premined” for the crowdsale.
This accounts for approximately 13 percent of the total circulating supply.[when?]
In 2016 Ethereum was forked into two blockchains, as a result of the collapse of The DAO project.
The two chains have different numbers of users, and the minority fork was renamed to Ethereum Classic.
The majority fork has retained the name Ethereum (the subject of this article)-Justplay
Ethereum was initially described in a white paper by Vitalik Buterin,
a programmer involved with Bitcoin, in late 2013 with a goal of building decentralized applications.
Buterin had argued that Bitcoin needed a scripting language for application development.
Failing to gain agreement, he proposed development of a new platform with a more general scripting language.
The original four members of the Ethereum team were Vitalik Buterin, Mihai Alisie, Anthony Di Iorio, and Charles Hoskinson.
Formal development of the Ethereum software project began in early 2014 through a Swiss company,
Ethereum Switzerland GmbH (EthSuisse).
Subsequently, a Swiss non-profit foundation, the Ethereum Foundation (Stiftung Ethereum) was set up as well.
Development was funded by an online public crowdsale during July–August 2014, with the participants buying the Ethereum value token (ether) with another digital currency, bitcoin.
While there was early praise for the technical innovations of Ethereum, questions were also raised about its security and scalability.
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