Aelf is a customizable operating system (OS) specially designed for blockchains. The team aims to make it the "Linux system" of the blockchain community. As you probably know, the adoption and innovation of blockchain is growing exponentially. First, Bitcoin led the way as a peer-to-peer digital currency. You can think of it as a simple application. Then, Ethereum made it possible to create specific decentralized applications (dapps) through smart contracts - essentially an application platform. However, that still falls short of the robust operating systems, like Windows, MacOS and Linux, that we use today.
Our current operating systems are unable to operate the apps effectively while the current blockchains also have their drawbacks. They are not scalable, can interfere in the intelligent execution of contracts and do not have a consensual protocol to integrate new technologies smoothly. Aelf solves these problems. To solve the problems of current blockchain technology, aelf focuses on two main innovations: side chains and a single governance system. The project separates resources and smart contracts through the use of side chains to improve scalability while using a consensus-based Delegated Proof-of-Stake system for more adaptable governance.