- Before Shelley is launched in Cardano’s mainnet, there will be another test network but no Incentivized Testnet (ITN) to ensure a smooth transition.
- According to Charles Hoskinson, the Shelley network infrastructure is already being tested live at the mainnet through Byron Reboot.
In a new video update Charles Hoskinson has reported on the current progress of the rollout of the Cardano Byron Reboot. As Hoskinson noted, Cardano is in the midst of the Byron Reboot rollout, which has been successful to date. Recently two Daedalus Flight candidates have been released, another one will follow in the next days.
In addition, progress of 30 to 50 percent in synchronization times has been achieved and some upcoming Windows problems have already been fixed, which are more common in the “first generation of the software, because IOHK is developed on the basis of Linux. If everything goes according to plan and there are no problems with the new Daedalus Flight candidate, the Daedalus mainnet wallet will be updated with the new features next week.
In general Hoskinson emphasized that IOHK is about to connect all new components and implement them in the mainnet:
So for those who are not aware. The network stack that we use in Byron Reboot is actualy the same network stack that we intend to use on Shelley. So we are actulay testing Shelley network infrastructure live on mainnet. And there’s other things like the wallet backend design.
This will allow IOHK to present “very soon” a working Shelley node software, based on Haskell, that can communicate with the wallet backend. The software will first be made available to the most “loyal” node operators, including a command line (CLI) for a kind of “alpha” test, before the release in a test network (beta test).
In this beta test network, participants will be able to synchronize their previous Shelley Incentivized Testnet (ITN) balances as well as the one from the mainnet. However, it will not be a new Incentivized Testnet as it will not run for very long time. If no errors occur during the test phase, Shelley’s launch on the mainnet will be imminent, Hoskinson said.
An exact launch date for the Shelley mainnet, however, is still not set yet. According to Aparna Jue, Cardano’s Head of Product Development at IOHK, the Shelley mainnet is expected to be launched by the end of the second quarter with the current progress on the rollouts. However, the date depends on the success of the rollouts and may be postponed accordingly.
Audit by Root 9b
As Hoskinson further announced, the external audit of Root 9b will be released on April 17th. The Cardano blockchain protocol underwent a full security audit recently, which will provide a publicly available review of the blockchain code. Hoskinson said that the audit will show that IOHK has fixed all the protocol issues found by Root 9b.