October 25, 2022, 10:56AM EDT
• 15 min read

A Comparison of Blockchain Execution Environments: EVM, Sealevel, MoveVM, Wasm, CairoVM

Quick Take

  • Execution environments are a major component of blockchain architecture, shaping the way assets and smart contracts behave, as well as the end-user and developer experience
  • The Ethereum virtual machine (EVM) is the most widely-used execution environment today, but new alternatives have also grown in recent years to suit the needs of changing blockchain designs
  • In this piece, we look at some of the major differentiating features between popular execution environments, including the EVM, Solana’s Sealevel runtime, MoveVM, WebAssembly (Wasm), and CairoVM

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