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IOTA: Release of Coordicide in 3 phases: Pollen, Nectar, Honey

  • The release of IOTA 2.0 will be in three phases: Pollen, Nectar and Honey, with Honey being the final release candidate for IOTA 2.0.
  • With Nectar, the incentivized testnet will be launched in the second half of the year.

The IOTA Foundation has published new naming conventions for the road to Coordicide in a blog post and thus also defined the roadmap in detail. The IOTA Foundation had already worked on a rebranding in the last few months, among other things MAM was renamed IOTA Streams and Qubic (in part) was renamed IOTA Smart Contracts. In addition, the naming conventions of IOTA 1.5, also known as Chrysalis, were defined.

However, with respect to IOTA 2.0, so far only the terms Coordicide, the antagonist to the coordinator, and GoShimmer have been coined as a group of technologies being developed to remove the coordinator. The reason for the publication of the new naming conventions could be the first public tes net for IOTA 2.0, which is probably due to appear today, as IOTA Foundation developer Hans Moog announced on Twitter five days ago.

The IOTA Foundation explained the goal of the new naming conventions in the blog post as follows:

These updated nomenclatures also help our community and partners better understand and quantify upcoming technological progress for IOTA. Our goal is to make a clear distinction and connection between the work that will link these two significant protocol upgrades in the proceeding months.

The way to IOTA 2.0: Pollen, Nectar, Honey

According to the announcement, the release of IOTA 2.0 will take place in three phases that will reflect important milestones and testnet releases in the run-up to Coordicide. Naming will be based on the current Apoidea naming conventions used for Hornet, Bee and HoneycombOS.

As the IOTA Foundation announced, the three phases will be called Pollen, Nectar and Honey. Pollen is the first official test network for IOTA 2.0 and brings “significant changes” compared to the previous internal alpha version of the testnet (GoShimmer v0.1.3).

[It is] setting the groundwork for the first and functional coordinator-less network. Iterative improvements will transform Pollen into the final, feature-complete release candidate for IOTA 2.0. The Pollen network will primarily be a research testbed for the Foundation, community, and external researchers to validate concepts from the Coordicide white papers and simulate certain attack vectors.

The second step towards Coordicide will be Nectar, which will be released in the second half of 2020 and will contain all Coordicide modules. As announced in the roadmap, this will be the testnet with an incentive system. The IOTA community and external developers will be rewarded with progressively increasing rewards for finding bugs or attack vectors.

The goal is to get the final release candidate for IOTA 2.0, Honey. Honey will contain all modules according to Coordicide’s complete and final specification.

At this point, the network will have been battle-tested and secured through many hundreds of hours of testing with full audits of our node software. Honey can be considered the first version of IOTA 2.0, our fully decentralized IOTA mainnet.

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