Adaora Anders
3 min readSep 9, 2020


Transaction and payment procedures have been greatly influenced by technology, meanwhile, new tools and mechanisms keep unravelling day by day and are deployed to achieve maximum production in various fields just like in DeFi.

Over the years, we have experienced diverse consensus mechanisms in decentralized finance all aimed at proffering maximum transaction methods for users. With the famous proof of Work(Pos) making rounds and sustaining the activity for a little while, but due to its wasteful structure,it was replaced with an alternative mechanism called the proof of stake(Pos).

However, the incessant advancements of technology and new inventions has triggered the need to modify these consensus mechanisms to a more effective,sustainable,and conserving fashion.

The consensus mining protocol is basically done by a combined signing from all the participants who partake in the signing of each block,it is that which defines the operations of the blockchain and further protects it from various threats.

This development was birthed in order to resolve the prevalent problems experienced with the operations of the State Machine Replication, the Cerberus is a sharded Byzanite Fault Tolerant solution pieced together by the radix platform to provide a partial ordering regime that is ideal for a novel sharding technique unlike other consensus protocols operating in the DeFi industry.

Where a limitless number of parallel shards can be processed, Cerberus serves as an innovative tool utilized for the attainment of maximum scalability.

For instance, in executing a transaction on a blockchain,these following steps

The initial stage is the proposal of the transaction.

After the initiation of the transaction proposal, the next stage is validation of the transaction. And the generation of blocks.

As soon as a command request is initiated on a specific node, that node gets automatically chosen as the proposer node, with other nodes subsequent nodes becoming either to validate or invalidate the transaction.

In the Cerberus consensus protocol, all shards are treated as local shards, and by merging a good number of these local shards, forms emergent Cerberus where the shards communicate among themselves creating what is called a BYZANITE FAULT TOLERANT.

This consensus mechanism ticks all the boxes for a modern protocol required to drive decentralized finance to a higher level around the globe. A few advantages of the Cerberus include


With the help of the radix engine, the Cerberus protocol gives room for the application of alternative smart contracts as well as facilitate the partial ordering regime for a rather new and improved sharding technique to be injected into the system as it has been a major threat to the State Machine Replication.


With Cerberus,users are presented with a variety of tools and instruments required for an efficient application management activity on the radix platform, an activity which poses a major threat to users and developers within the radix ecosystem.


The Cerberus consensus protocol also makes provision for a scalable, reliable, effective and secure transaction approach on DeFi with its capacity to execute and process innumerable transactions in a parallel approach.


There have been diverse consensus protocols developed to aid the progressiveness of DeFi, Cerberus is an innovative approach to provide a layer for app development, it is highly scalable and a parallel sharding technique which simplifies the execution of transactions.

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