Uniswap creator, Paradigm devs are building a way to improve large Ethereum trades in DeFi

Quick Take

  • Uniswap creator Hayden Adams and two Paradigm developers have proposed a new type of market maker for decentralized exchanges.
  • The core idea is that it enables large trades to be split up into many smaller ones, and executed over a period of time.
  • If it works, it should allow for large trades to be made more efficiently within DeFi.

Uniswap creator Hayden Adams and two Paradigm developers, Dave White and Dan Robinson, are building a market making system for executing large trades on Ethereum. 

Uniswap is Ethereum’s biggest decentralized exchange (DEX) while Paradigm is a crypto asset investing firm, which recently participated in FTX’s $900 million round.

According to a tweet thread by White and a paper published on the Paradigm website, the idea is to build what they call a Time-Weighted Average Market Maker, or TWAMM. 

Currently, most DEXs use automated market makers (AMMs), where liquidity providers create pools of funds that DEX users can trade with. But, the paper argues (referencing this article) that these are inefficient and expensive for large trades.

Instead, it proposes a technique used in traditional finance: splitting orders up into many smaller pieces and executing them over a given timeframe.

“It breaks long-term orders into infinitely many infinitely small pieces and executes them smoothly against its embedded AMM over time,” tweeted White.

One key issue here is transaction fees. Every Ethereum transaction has to pay a transaction fee and these can be quite expensive, particularly for complex transactions like ones typically used by DEXs. White said, however, that this proposal manages to execute the trades in a way that’s efficient for transaction fees (using some “lucky math”).

But the idea is still in its early stages. White added: “We've sketched out the design of the TWAMM, but our work is just beginning.” He called for further developers to join them in working on this particular project.

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