Cardano Names

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What's in a Name[edit]

The names used for various aspects of the platform and project are from famous Mathematicians, Scientists, Poets or Greek Mythology.

Platform Function Name Origin
Ada Cryptocurrency used by the Cardano Platform Augusta Ada King-Noel, Countess of Lovelace (10 December 1815 – 27 November 1852) was an English mathematician and writer, chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage's proposed mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine. She was the first to recognise that the machine had applications beyond pure calculation, and published the first algorithm intended to be carried out by such a machine. As a result, she is sometimes regarded as the first to recognise the full potential of a "computing machine" and the first computer programmer.
Cardano Name of the platform Gerolamo Cardano (24 September 1501 – 21 September 1576) was an Italian Polymath, whose interests and proficiencies ranged from being a mathematician, physician, biologist, physicist, chemist, astrologer, astronomer, philosopher, writer, and gambler.
Daedalus Official wallet of Cardano platform In Greek mythology, Daedalus was a skillful craftsman and artist. He is the father of Icarus, the uncle of Perdix, and possibly also the father of Iapyx, although this is unclear.
Icarus Icarus is a reference implementation for a lightweight wallet. Yoroi is the first to use the reference.[1]
IELE IELE is a variant of LLVM specialized to execute smart contracts on the blockchain The Iele are feminine mythical creatures In Romanian mythology. There are several differing descriptions of their characteristics. Often they are described as virgin fairies, with great seductive power over men, with magic skills and attributes similar to Nymphs, Naiads and Dryads found in Greek mythology. They are also similar to the Samodivas in Bulgaria.
Lovelace Smallest unit of measure of ADA
Marlowe A new DSL IOHK is creating to model financial contracts[2] Christopher Marlowe also known as Kit Marlowe (26 February 1564 - 30 May 1593), was an English playwright, poet and translator of the Elizabethan era. Marlowe was the foremost Elizabethan tragedian of his day.
Ouroboros Proof of stake protocol The ouroboros or uroborus is an ancient symbol depicting a serpent or dragon eating its own tail. Originating in ancient Egyptian iconography, the ouroboros entered western tradition via Greek magical tradition and was adopted as a symbol in Gnosticism and Hermeticism, and most notably in alchemy.
Plutus Plutus is a strictly typed pure functional programming language used for defining smart contracts in Cardano. Plutus (Ploutos, literally "wealth") was the god of wealth in ancient Greek religion and Greek mythology.
Rust A library of wallet and node functions and a Ada cryptocurrency wallet based on the programming language Rust.[3] Rust grew out of a personal project started in 2006 by Mozilla employee Graydon Hoare[4], who stated that the project was possibly named after the rust family of fungi.
Project Phase[5] Name Origin
Byron 1) First phase of Cardano project where the SL Mainnet is launched. AKA bootstrap era. George Gordon Byron (22 January 1788 – 19 April 1824), known as Lord Byron, was an English nobleman, poet, peer, politician, and leading figure in the Romantic movement. He is regarded as one of the greatest British poets.
Shelley 2) Shelley is focused on ensuring that key elements are in place so that the technology grows into a fully decentralised and autonomous system. AKA rewards era. Percy Bysshe Shelley (4 August 1792 - 8 July 1822) was one of the major English Romantic poets, and is regarded by some as among the finest lyric poets in the English language, and one of the most influential.
Goguen 3) Next-generation virtual machine called IELE and a universal language framework to be used as core infrastructure for future blockchain technologies. Joseph Goguen (28 June 1941 – 3 July 2006) was a US computer scientist. He was professor of Computer Science at the University of California and Oxford University and held research positions at IBM and SRI International.
Bashō 4) The features in Basho are focused on performance, security and scalability. It will feature the implementation of Ouroboros Praos and a revised network layer. Matsuo Bashō (1644 - 1694) was the most famous poet of the Edo period in Japan. During his lifetime, Bashō was recognized for his works in the collaborative haikai no renga form; today, after centuries of commentary, he is recognized as the greatest master of haiku.
Voltaire 5) Voltaire is focused on assurance and scalability and will see the introduction of a treasury model. This will ensure the sustainability and self sufficiency of the blockchain and community. François-Marie Arouet (21 November 1694 – 30 May 1778), known by his Pen name Voltaire was a French Enlightenment writer, historian and philosopher famous for his wit, his attacks on the established Catholic Church and Christianity as a whole and his advocacy of freedom of religion, freedom of speech and separation of church and state.

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