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Cardano News: Major Advancements in UTXO-HD Boost ADA Performance

Cardano’s consensus team made significant progress on the UTXO-HD project. The Hydra and Mithril teams released new features and tools to enhance network capabilities. Cardano has announced several key...

Cardano News: Major Advancements in UTXO-HD Boost ADA Performance
  • Cardano’s consensus team made significant progress on the UTXO-HD project.
  • The Hydra and Mithril teams released new features and tools to enhance network capabilities.

Cardano has announced several key advancements aimed at boosting the performance of its native cryptocurrency, ADA. The focus spans across core technology, scaling solutions, governance, and educational initiatives, indicating a robust strategy for network growth and stability.

UTXO-HD Project Accelerates Consensus Mechanisms

The consensus team has made significant progress in the UTXO-HD project, updating it to use simple diffs, which have considerably improved mempool benchmarks. They also released version 0.10.0 of the quick check-state machine library, which is vital for high-assurance property tests. Additionally, UTXO-HD was rebased on top of node v.8.11, achieving a replay with the in-memory backend in just over five hours, reaching the 124 millionth slot.

The IOG Plutus and consensus teams have established technical working groups under Intersect, fostering open-source principles and broader community collaboration. The inaugural meeting of the new Plutus working group is scheduled for Tuesday, June 4.

An upcoming introduction to UTXO-HD will provide insights into its current status and instructions for running a UTXO-HD-capable node. Additionally, updates on the Ouroboros Peras workstream will enhance Cardano’s finality.

Hydra and Mithril Teams Scale Cardano’s Network Capabilities

On the scaling front, the Hydra team has released Hydra node version 0.17.0, featuring the new blueprint commit transaction mechanism and multiple networking protocol upgrades. Moreover, the upcoming sprint will focus on completing increment de-commit work and investigating potential attacks on the smart contract to ensure validity and security.

The Mithril team has also unveiled a new Mithril protocol insights dashboard and an explorer page displaying active and deregistered SPOs for recent Cardano epochs. Efforts to certify Cardano transactions in Mithril networks continue, with improvements in the prover route of the aggregator and progress in low-latency certification. Furthermore, work has begun on a new beacon for signing Cardano transactions based on the chain point and enhancements to the library and testing tools. 

Cardano’s on-chain participatory governance is set to expand with the testing of CIP-1694 in the SanchoNet community. SanchoNet is the testnet for new governance features, inviting community members to actively refine governance mechanisms to ensure a decentralized system.

ADA’s Market Metrics Reflect Active Community Engagement

Cardano’s strategic initiatives, including its partnership with the Ethiopian government to explore blockchain applications in the coffee supply chain, illustrate its commitment to day to day use cases. In addition, this partnership also explores broader applications within Ethiopia, showcasing Cardano’s potential to drive technological growth in developing regions.

The platform’s community engagement has been robust, as evidenced by the slight increase in ADA’s market capitalization to $16,001,437,053 and the 16.23% drop in 24-hour trading volume. It is worth noting that Cardano is currently trading at $0.45 with a 24-hour increase of 1%. 

Despite recent market decline, including a 35% decline after failing to maintain the $0.6700 range, Cardano’s long-term outlook remains promising. This decline highlighted a bearish trading pattern, with the Chaikin Money Flow indicator reflecting reduced monetary inflows and weakening investor sentiments. 


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