This has since led to developers moving over to Cardano and building smart contracts on its ‘Plutus’ development platform, leaving many asking the question – can Cardano compete with Ethereum?
Coin Rivet looks into whether Cardano smart contracts – which are still in their relative infancy – can ever compete with the established dominance of Ethereum.
Smart contract deployment
The first metric to consider is the number of smart contracts being deployed and built by development teams on each blockchain.
Development on the Cardano network has seen significant growth since September and is showing signs that it is gaining in popularity amongst developers.
Thanks to Alonzo, developers can now create DeFi protocols such as DEXes and lend/borrow platforms on the Cardano blockchain.
Ethereum has maintained incredible deployment metrics throughout the year thanks to its established infrastructure and market-leading appeal to developers.
Having peaked at 2.5 million contracts deployed in June, Ethereum has seen more than 900k contracts deployed from September, which is when Cardano smart contracts were first introduced.
This equates to an almost 1,000 times increase in the number of smart contracts being deployed on Ethereum.
Total value locked
The second metric to consider is the total value locked (TVL) of both blockchains.
TVL can be used as a measure of how much smart contracts are being used and how many assets are being locked into DeFi platforms via a contract.
As it stands, Cardano smart contracts only have an estimated $25m in locked assets according to data from the Cardano foundation.
Data sourced from the Cardano Foundation
On the other hand, due to its longevity in the space and widely-utilised DeFi and NFT spaces, Ethereum has more than $148bn locked in smart contracts across its ecosystem.
Data sourced from DeFiLlama
This again equates to an exorbitant difference between the two blockchains in value and reinforces Ethereum‘s current dominance over Cardano.
While Cardano remains a promising project, Ethereum’s long-established infrastructure and mainstream adoption in the form of NFTs and on-chain development continues to ensure it reigns supreme.
Ethereum also has further upcoming catalysts, including the increased development of Ethereum layer-2 scaling solutions, its transition to a proof-of-stake blockchain and future adoption within enterprise blockchain projects.
Cardano also has one of the strongest communities in the industry, with many believing that the blockchain and enigmatic CEO Charles Hoskinson – a co-founder of Ethereum – will eventually overshadow its ‘big brother’.
From Sean Dickens @ Yahoo -