Octopus Network’s Adaptive IBC Architecture 🐙🌐

Expanding the Reach of the IBC Protocol

César Incio
3 min readMar 29


Octopus Netwotk’s Adaptive IBC Architecture

Blockchain technology has revolutionized the way we transact and store data, but it has also faced challenges in achieving interoperability between different blockchain networks. The Inter-Blockchain Communication (IBC) protocol, introduced by the Cosmos Network, has been a significant step towards achieving cross-chain communication. But with the introduction of Octopus Network’s Adaptive IBC architecture, blockchain interoperability has reached new heights.

What is IBC Protocol?

The Inter-Blockchain Communication (IBC) protocol is a cross-chain protocol introduced by the Cosmos Network. IBC allows different blockchain networks to communicate and exchange information, such as digital assets, without the need for a centralized intermediary.

IBC works by allowing different blockchain networks to connect to each other via a hub, called the Cosmos Hub. The Cosmos Hub acts as a relay chain that facilitates communication between different blockchain networks.

Why is IBC important?

Interoperability is a crucial factor in the growth and adoption of blockchain technology. Without interoperability, different blockchain networks would exist in silos, limiting their usefulness and creating fragmentation in the industry.

IBC allows for interoperability between different blockchain networks, creating a more connected and robust ecosystem. It enables developers to build decentralized applications that can interact with multiple blockchain networks, creating new possibilities for innovation.

What is Adaptive IBC Architecture?

While IBC has been a significant step towards achieving cross-chain communication, it has limitations in its current form. The Adaptive IBC architecture, introduced by Octopus Network, addresses these limitations by making IBC more adaptable to different blockchain networks.

The Verification Proxy role introduced by Octopus Network enables intermediate technologies to be accommodated within IBC, making it a truly universal cross-chain protocol, not limited to the Cosmos network. This approach allows blockchain networks to leverage IBC’s benefits without being limited to the Cosmos Hub.

Another significant challenge for IBC is the cost of Light Client verification. Light Client verification is a process where a blockchain network verifies the authenticity of data from another blockchain network. The cost of verification can be high, making cross-chain communication expensive.

Octopus Network has addressed this issue by introducing the Verification Proxy, which generates a proof for a trust root received from a source chain. The proof is then validated on the target chain, ensuring that the cost of verification is acceptable.


The IBC Protocol and the Octopus Network’s Adaptive IBC architecture are breakthroughs in cross-chain communication. They enable different blockchain networks to communicate seamlessly, paving the way for new use cases and applications.

The Adaptive IBC architecture is more adaptable to different blockchain networks, making it easier for more networks to use the IBC Protocol. This will enable greater interoperability between different blockchain networks, making it easier for developers to build applications that can interact with multiple blockchains.

The blockchain industry is constantly evolving, and the IBC Protocol and the Adaptive IBC architecture are key milestones in the journey towards greater interoperability and cross-chain communication.

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César Incio

DLT/Web3 Translator | Octopus Network Ambassador