Cardano: Shelley rollout on schedule, test wallet & virtual summit announced

  • The rollout of the Cardano Shelley mainnet remains on schedule. Next week the first Shelley test-wallet for the “pioneers” will be released, a version for “normal” ADA owners will follow shortly.
  • The date for the virtual summit for Shelley was announced for July 02 and 03, 2020.

In a new update on the progress of the rollout of the Cardano Shelley mainnet, Input Output Hong Kong (IOHK) has reported on the progress of the past week. As CNF has reported, the “Friends & Family” testnet has been opened to all stake pool operators last Monday. Yesterday, four days after the launch, almost 200 stake pools have already registered. IOHK has expressed its satisfaction with this number and explained:

Of course, some of our pioneers are running more than one pool. But to see this number already is testament to the competency and commitment of the Cardano community and the experience we all gained through the build-out of the ITN in the early part of this year.

As far as development is concerned, IOHK is currently in the final and crucial phase, as all the efforts of 8 different teams have to be brought together. However, according to IOHK, no major bugs have been found so far, so IOHK is confident that the next milestones according to the rollout plan – the Shelley test wallet on June 16th and the hard fork combinator test on June 23rd – can be met.

One focus of the development efforts last week was the implementation of Shelley test wallet. This will initially only be available to pioneers and will initially only contain the core functions required for initial testing:

The wallet back end team has been busy implementing the next set of features that will, in time, allow Shelley functionality from within Daedalus. […] Coming up next week, a simple test wallet (along with some exercises and scripts) will be released to our pioneer stake pools to test backend integrations.

The pioneers will have the task of testing simple functions such as creating a wallet, sending Shelley transactions as well as staking and delegation of ADA. Once the core functionality is working satisfactorily and everything has been tested properly, the next step will be to release the first Shelley wallet for “normal” ADA owners:

Once we are happy with the core functionality, and that everything has been properly tested, we’ll next turn our attention to the first wallet for ‘regular’ ada holders to try out. We’ll start slowly but we plan to then iterate fast (the Daedalus Flight program is our inspiration here) starting to implement the UI features for Shelley. We plan to start this also next week but remember this is a testnet, so dates are always indicative.

As far as the tests are concerned, according to IOHK, they are proceeding as planned without any major problems. Last week there were a number of end-to-end tests of features that will be activated when the integration of the wallet backend and Daedalus begins. In addition, testing for the Combinator Hard Fork, the Incentivized Test Network (ITN) Snapshot, and the process of migrating to the Haskell-Shelley testnet remained a major focus.

Cardano’s Virtual Summit for Shelley announced

Also, yesterday, Charles Hoskinson, the inventor of Cardano, announced the exact date and the release of the website for the Cardano Virtual Summit 2020. The online event for the launch of Shelley will take place on July 02 and 03, 2020 and participation will be free of charge.

Speakers will include Internet pioneer Vint Cerf, Caitlin Lang (co-founder of the Wyoming Blockchain Coalition), Stephen Wolfram (Founder & CEO of Wolfram Research), Aggelos Kiayis (Chief Scientist at IOHK), John O’Connor (Director of African Operations at IOHK) and of course Charles Hoskinson himself as keynote speaker.

As Hoskinson announced, there will be a lot of “cool” announcements during the Virtual Summit that IOHK has been working on for quite some time. Among other things, the new multi-asset standard from Cardano will be presented, which is said to be much better than the ERC20 standard from Ethereum.

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