Ion is the cross-chain interoperability research project currently in development at Clearmatics. Interoperability is the ability for two or more blockchains to interact with one another. Interoperation between blockchains can take the form of simple oracle bridges that update specific information between two platforms or more general solutions that allow for many use cases to be developed.
Previously, Clearmatics released Ion Stage 1 which explored the problems associated with cross-chain atomic swaps, where we tried to make a payment between Alice and Bob across separate blockchains. Development of Ion Stage 2 was directly influenced by the issues encountered performing atomic cross-chain swaps during Ion Stage 1.
Read our post entitled “Ion Stage 2: Toward a General Interoperability Protocol — Part 1” on Medium here.