There's barely any dusk threads on /biz/ these days so I'm not surprised if people here have no idea what it's all about.
Essentially it's the leading private smart-contract-enabled privacy platform, built with the needs of the trillion dollar securities market in mind (i.e. privacy, programmability, transaction throughput, etc...)
Quoting from the tech lead Emanuele Francioni
>if it comes to compliance+privacy (i.e. primary and secondary market for securitized or confidential assets), yes I would say we are light years ahead of any other distributed ledger technology
And what exactly is that bold claim of being light years ahead of any other DLT based on?
>Our stack has been created from scratch to accomodate compliance (achieved throught encoding rules in smart contracts) and privacy (through our zero-knowledge tools)
>In order to fulfill this vision we had to implement a number of tools that were entirely missing when we started
>Poseidon (developed by our lead cryptographer Dmitry) to solve hashing and merkletree inclusion performance when dealing with zeroknowledge tools
>PLONK (created by Aztec on top of Supersonic and developed by us) to solve the circuit-specificity and the bloat/inefficiencies of zero-knowledge proofs (initially we developed zerocaf on top of Bulletproof for the same reason)
>Kelvin (developed by our core dev Kris) to solve the entanglement of data-structure/DB-backend and immutability of the smart contract storage layer
>Phoenix, to solve smart contract confidentiality, the linking problem and the UTXO incompatibility when spending multiple digital assets
>Zedger (developed by Dmitry and Tog) to solve decentralized auditability of securitized assets
>I am not even touching upon the networking and consensus layer- these are all native technologies within Dusk. So, at the risk of coming across as bragging, I sincerely believe that we are pioneering a new breed of DLT