The Polkadot research pages are edited directly by the researchers at W3F and contains papers, articles and documents that are sources for the information on the wiki.
The following papers and articles may be of special interest for those interested in investigsting Polkadot from a research or academic perspective.
- Overview of Polkadot and its Design Considerations - A broad overview of the design of Polkadot.
- Intro to Nominated Proof of Stake - A description of the NPoS scheme which selects which validators are allowed to participate in the consensus protocol of Polkadot.
- BABE - Blind Assignment for Blockchain Extension, the block production mechanism of Polkadot's relay chain.
- GRANDPA - GHOST-based Recursive Ancestor Deriving Prefix Agreement, Polkadot's finality gadget. This page includes both the abstract and the full GRANDPA papers.