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Ethereum

Overview#

Ethereum is an Open Source, public, Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) computing platform featuring Smart contract (scripting) functionality.

Ethereum provides a decentralized Turing test-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.

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