In the world of blockchain technology, Cardano continues to make significant strides, with its core technology teams pushing forward on various fronts. Node v.8.1.2 has been released, bringing updates to the Plutus interpreter, signifying the continuous effort to enhance functionality and user experience, according to the weekly update report from the Cardano team.
Cardano’s Latest Weekly Developments
The ledger team has been busy implementing Conway features into the ledger. They actively participated in the CIP-1694 workshop, discussing the roadmap for Conway-era implementation.
Additionally, they tackled transaction validation issues on the preview testing environment for the new node release, making progress on constraint-based generators for generating valid transactions and ledger states.
DB Sync team has been working diligently on UTXO-HD integration, ensuring that there’s no performance degradation with the adaptor module provided by the consensus team. It allows other clients to integrate with UTXO-HD without needing on-disk storage.
The Genesis design team makes crucial decisions to improve the epoch structure, collaborating with researchers to develop a statistical model for historical Genesis windows and eclipse durations.
In the realm of Plutus, the core team added new built-ins for Keccak-256 and Black2b-224, further improving compatibility with Ethereum and enabling on-chain computation of PubKeyHash within Plutus. These additions are set to be part of Plutus v3.
The Marlowe team has been working hard to create a developer Docker image, testing Marlowe Runtime for the mainnet launch, and adding role payout support to the runtime client.
Moreover, the Hydra team has diligently updated specifications and refactored snapshot emissions in preparation for event-sourced protocol logic while improving compilation times and Plutus script sizes.
Meanwhile, the Mithril protocol achieved significant milestones with the release of distribution 2329.0, the launch of its mainnet beta, and ongoing work on a stress test tool and refactoring of cryptographic library entities.
In governance, Voltaire is making strides with the feedback collected from the CIP-1694 workshop, and the community will soon have the chance to vote on the acceptance of MVG to advance participatory governance within Cardano.
As Cardano keeps growing, these changes show how committed its technology teams are and how well its community works together. However, the future of Cardano appears promising, driven by innovation and the collaborative decision-making of its community.
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