IOHK announces release of Cardano testnet
The IOHK team announced on Wednesday that they have released the Cardano testnet. Developers and users of the Daedalus wallet can try out the new features of the upgrade before making use of the features when the mainnet releases.
Usage of the testnet benefits both engineers at IOHK and other third-party developers. Without losing any fund, users can make use of the test tokens by experimenting with the new features on the testnet and later apply it on the mainnet.
The developers will receive feedback from users to make improvements to the testnet before the launching the mainnet.
The testnet has been released with Cardano version 1.4 that consists of Cardano SL 2.0.0 and Daedalus 0.12.0. The release also consists of a wallet data migration and a new wallet backend with new v1 API. This will be deployed on the Cardano mainnet once testing is completed.
On Daedalus 0.12.0, the new v1 API will improve performance and reliability, rubbishes major issues that users were facing with the previous wallet version. Currently, the wallet uses Cardano wallet v0 API which is disapproved by many and will instead use Cardano wallet v1 API to communicate with the backend.
The wallet data migration will inform users about the change made to the wallet. It restores all users’ wallets and syncs the wallets with the Cardano blockchain.
Some of the changed features include an improved process management and improved clock synchronization checks. The new and improved process management fixes some issues which used to cause Daedalus to be stuck on the loading screen with a message that said ‘Connecting to network’. With the improved clock synchronization checks, users can re-trigger checks if the clocks are off after synchronization without having to restart the wallet or waiting for half an hour.
On Cardano SL 2.0.0, the new v1 API is tested against the Formal specification of Cardano wallet, which gives the developers a better confidence in its correctness. Exchanges will benefit from a refined performance and the wallet’s new input selection policies will help exchanges by providing a much better long-term unspent transaction output (UTxO) management.
This new version includes an optimized block storage which reduces the space needed to store blockchain data on a user’s wallet and it also reduces the number of files.
Configurable throttling for the API was introduced to prevent accidental overloads of servers on the wallet for exchanges and enterprise users.
Logging for the wallet has been totally changed, and the format has been changed too. The old format was plain text while the new format is JSON.
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