What is the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM)?

The Ethereum Virtual Machine is the software that allows developers to build decentralized applications (DApps) on Ethereum. All Ethereum accounts and smart contracts are also stored on this virtual machine.

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Last updated Jul 27, 2022 at 6:59 PM

Posted Jul 26, 2022 at 1:00 PM

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With the digital decentralization of Bitcoin, people began to seek decentralized ways for other things to connect the consumer directly with the creator. A rider would connect directly with a cab without the need for an intermediary like Uber. You can lend and borrow storage space without requiring Dropbox – the list is extensive because decentralization was liberation from monopoly.

To accomplish this, Ethereum's decentralized network provides a DIY solution via EVM (Ethereum Virtual Machine). The network's computers function as a supercomputer, with power distributed across the nodes. By writing codes and automating the process, this Ethereum venture provides decentralized solutions. These "if-then-else" codes are known as Smart Contracts, and they are written in the Solidity programming language. In the blockchain world, code is the law, so once deployed, even developers cannot change the conditions under which it operates.

A code is typically written in plain English, such as,

If the temperature is> 30 degrees Celsius;

Turn on the air conditioning;

However, the computer does not directly understand the instructions. A compiler must convert that code into ByteCode, a language that the computer understands through the CPU.  Solidity's compiler does not exist on a single computer because Smart Contracts require a decentralized network to function. So to replicate the entire Ethereum network, Solidity runs on a virtual machine that provides a virtual CPU to compile and run the program.  This virtual machine is known as the Ethereum virtual machine. Smart Contract copies are distributed across the EVM network and each is run independently to produce the results.

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EVM assists the Ethereum network to save a lot of power and traffic that developers would otherwise consume, and it allows developers to test their Smart Contracts in even the most realistic situations without paying gas fees.

Features of Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM)

Let’s look at the features of the EVM and how it assists the network:

  • A Distributed Machine:  Ethereum makes a large-scale attempt. It is much more sophisticated than a distributed ledger. The Ethereum website calls it a "distributed state machine." Ethereum stores not only account or balance data but also an entire machine state. Its machine state varies with each block, as the machine transitions with each set of programs it runs according to set rules. What factors influence these rule-based state changes? It is known as the Ethereum Virtual Machine.
  • EVM is Deterministic: When a program produces the same output for the same set of inputs, it is known as deterministic. It makes no difference how many times the code is run. This is significant because decentralized apps, or dApps, on Ethereum may handle large-scale financial transactions at any given time. As a result, it is critical to understand how the code will react at each stage of execution. Determinism is essential to the Ethereum Virtual Machine's foundations.
  • EVM is Isolated: Another distinguishing feature of smart contracts is that they operate in isolated environments. Two systems help with isolation: virtual machines and Docker containers. Isolation is necessary for the system to contain hacks or bugs within a smart contract. The feature is in place to ensure that such problems or incidents do not have an impact on the underlying protocol.
  • EVM can be terminated:  The EVM is Turing-complete:  its smart contracts can solve any type of problem, at least theoretically. However, there is no way to know whether such smart contracts can complete all of the given operations within a given time frame. As a result, it is critical to include a terminating framework to create precise limits.

Other chains, such as Binance Smart Chain, Avalanche, and Tron, also use Solidity for proper working. Some blockchains prefer the Rust programming language instead because it does not generate garbage values (random results) during runtime. Rust serves as the foundation for Solana, Polkadot, and Near Protocol. Some of these blockchains use the PoW (Proof Of Work) mechanism, while others use the PoS (Proof Of Stake) mechanism.

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