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IOTA announces Nectar testnet ‘moving closer’ & new focus on data sharding

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  • The IOTA Nectar testnet is “moving closer” to release and will make Coordicide available as beta software for public testing.
  • The IOTA Foundation will focus its attention on the development of data sharding.

As we reported yesterday, the release of Chrysalis is taking big steps towards launch. The first full (phase 2) implementation of Chrysalis aka IOTA 1.5 was released on a public testnet. In addition, an alpha version of the Rust-based node Bee was also released yesterday for anyone who wants to take a first look:

 

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Incentivized IOTA Nectar testnet “moving closer”

In parallel, Coordicide aka IOTA 2.0 is also progressing well. In an update, Serguei Popov informed about the progress of his research department. The IOTA co-founder stated that “further progress” was made in the Pollen testnet last month, “as we move closer to the incentivized testnet.” Regarding the Pollen testnet, Popov said:

Last month we improved the security and reliability of our Pollen testnet by rolling out Pollen testnet v0.3.5. We are progressing with the integration and testing of the new data flow. The first experiments show an overall performance improvement thanks to a more efficient management of concurrency. The team has finalized the adaptive Proof of Work (aPoW) implementation.

As Popov elicited, Nectar will be beta software of Coordicide. To that extent, he expects that the software will have “some bugs,” but that the “core protocol contained within Nectar is sound from a theoretical perspective”

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[…] so we look forward to the rigorous testing process which will take place in the months following its release. Broad community participation will be essential for two reasons: for uncovering bugs, and also for building confidence in the soundness of the implementation.

Furthermore, Popov reported that his research team has made significant progress in the area of merging the message and value tangles. This required refactoring the ledger state. As part of the “markers implementation and the branch-DAG refactoring, we are finalizing the new UTXO-DAG implementation,” which means the merge can now be completed. “After that, all the already implemented Mana functionalities will be integrated.” Popov added.

IOTA opts for “data sharding”

After exploring various sharding options for IOTA 3.0 over the past few months, the IOTA Foundation now has a decision to that effect, Popov revealed.

After much discussion, we have decided to focus our attention on developing data sharding.

As recently as October, Popov stated that IOTA 3.0 could combine both data sharding and fluid sharding. While fluid sharding has been studied as a first-layer scaling solution, data sharding is intended to provide a second-layer solution. However, Popov’s new statement indicates that data sharding will be the initial focus of the IOTA Foundation.

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The first step in development will be to publish a white paper in April:

This will allow the community and our external partners to understand our data sharding proposal in some detail. We have already created an outline and assigned sections to various people in the sharding group. We hope to have the white paper completed in April.

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Its finally here! IOTA Foundation launches Smart Contracts Beta

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  • The IOTA Foundation has announced the beta release of it Smart Contracts. 
  • The new release comes with a series of interesting features, including zero fees and EVM compatibility.

The IOTA Foundation has announced the release of its IOTA Smart Contracts Beta today, 21st October. The beta release of the Smart Contracts came with a series of other new exciting features. The advantageous features that come with the Smart Contracts Beta include fully programmable smart contracts, interoperability between smart contracts, and low-to-zero fees. Others are choosing programming languages, Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) compatibility, and automatically generated and verified boilerplate code. The fully functional Smart Contracts also aims at resolving some current scalability and transaction fee issues in the crypto space.

The newly-released Smart Contracts Beta technology is versatile and interoperable with exceptional features that complement the current standard in the industry set by its predecessors such as Ethereum. It comes with Ethereum Virtual Machine support. Hence, users can choose between three programming languages: Ethereum’s Solidity, Rust, and Go to further incentivize testing. In addition, the release comes with zero-fee smart contracts. This supports the Foundation’s commitment to the two cornerstone principles of this emerging digital economy- interoperability and standardization. 

With the Smart Contracts Beta, IOTA offers users a first-time opportunity to create and execute custom smart contracts on a feeless network. The Smart Contracts allow developers to set their own execution fees. This spurs the possibility of reducing fees, considering that different chains can compete to execute a smart contract. 

IOTA Smart Contracts Beta introduces interoperability and scalability 

Another unique feature of IOTA Smart Contracts is its interoperability and scalability. With this, all Smart Contracts will be able to wrap assets onto the base layer by leveraging native tokenization on the ledger. Hence, all smart contracts and digital assets developed on the IOTA network are fully interoperable with no need for trusted relays. This will allow dApp developers to enjoy powerful new composability. Also, this will introduce more possibilities for users to engage in the ecosystem. 

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Furthermore, the Smart Contracts Beta comes with more amazing features like the Smart Contracts Schema tool. This new feature involves the automatic generation of many of the standard-form sections of smart contracts. Users can now begin to input the functionalities they desire to include into the smart contract that they are writing. With the newly introduced feature, the system will automatically initiate and test the appropriate boilerplate code. According to the IOTA Foundation, the Schema tool is currently working on Go and Rust smart contracts. As time goes on, the functionalities of IOTA Smart Contracts will expand in the future. Also, it will include more convenient features such as automatically-generated client codebase libraries. 

In a statement, the co-founder and chairman of the IOTA Foundation, Dominik Schiener, said: 

We have integrated some of the defining features of IOTA – interoperability, flexibility, feeless transactions – into a smaller contract solution for a new generation that we believe will become industry standard once it is released on the IOTA mainnet.

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IOTA Foundation Announces the Beta Release of IOTA Smart Contracts

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IOTA Foundation has announced the beta release of IOTA smart contracts functionality with a few notable features such as zero fees, improved scalability, and Ethereum interoperability.

IOTA Foundation announced the news in a blog post on Thursday, October 21. According to the announcement, IOTA smart contracts are to address some of the drawbacks of existing solutions like high fees, scalability, interoperability, and limited composability.

According to the team, with its smart contract solution, IOTA aims to launch smart contract blockchain networks on top of IOTA. These smart contract chains will enjoy the security of IOTA’s base layer and scalability provided by Tangle’s DAG architecture.,

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To bring interoperability, IOTA Smart Contracts now supports the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) and any smart contract written in Solidity. The blog post reads:

“While this is an early implementation, it already provides extensive compatibility, bridging the biggest smart contract ecosystem onto IOTA’s feeless base layer. This means that Solidity contracts can easily be ported to IOTA, reducing implementation time and benefitting from the vast ecosystem of Solidity tooling and products available on the market today. This already includes full access to the MetaMask wallet.”

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IOTA smart contract platform will empower developers to set their own IOTA smart contract execution fees. smart-contract chain developers have full flexibility to define their chain and tokenomics. The team believes that this feature will result in several chains competing for work against each other, which in turn will lead to the lowest fees possible to execute a smart contract.

To offer a flexible development environment, IOTA smart contract platform supports Solidity, Rust, and GO (TinyGo). The team released the alpha version of IOTA Smart Contracts Protocol in March 2021 that supported Rust and the WebAssembly framework, providing a development environment similar to Polkadot and NEAR protocol. The addition of Solidity and EVM is new in this beta release.

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About scalability, the blog post reads:

“IOTA Smart Contracts is a sharded smart contract network, where each smart contract chain is limited by its own scalability and is not hindered by the rest of the network.”

As Crypto Economy reported, in April 2021, IOTA underwent a major upgrade, called Chrysalis, that transformed IOTA into a wholly new blockchain in the IOTA community with the new protocol, implementation, and cryptography. The IOTA Smart Contracts beta is currently available on IOTA 2.0 DevNet.

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In the next release, IOTA will be available on the current IOTA mainnet, called Chrysalis, before switching to the fully decentralized IOTA 2.0 protocol, a process called Coordicide. The announcement reads:

“The current IOTA mainnet and the fully decentralized future IOTA 2.0 protocol have some fundamental differences, making it difficult to support both at the same time. Our primary focus is, therefore, to support smart contracts on the current IOTA mainnet using the Hornet node software from now on.”

IOTA Foundation has announced the beta release of IOTA smart contracts functionality with a few notable features such as zero fees, improved scalability, and Ethereum interoperability.

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IOTA Foundation announced the news in a blog post on Thursday, October 21. According to the announcement, IOTA smart contracts are to address some of the drawbacks of existing solutions like high fees, scalability, interoperability, and limited composability.

According to the team, with its smart contract solution, IOTA aims to launch smart contract blockchain networks on top of IOTA. These smart contract chains will enjoy the security of IOTA’s base layer and scalability provided by Tangle’s DAG architecture.,

To bring interoperability, IOTA Smart Contracts now supports the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) and any smart contract written in Solidity. The blog post reads:

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“While this is an early implementation, it already provides extensive compatibility, bridging the biggest smart contract ecosystem onto IOTA’s feeless base layer. This means that Solidity contracts can easily be ported to IOTA, reducing implementation time and benefitting from the vast ecosystem of Solidity tooling and products available on the market today. This already includes full access to the MetaMask wallet.”

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IOTA smart contract platform will empower developers to set their own IOTA smart contract execution fees. smart-contract chain developers have full flexibility to define their chain and tokenomics. The team believes that this feature will result in several chains competing for work against each other, which in turn will lead to the lowest fees possible to execute a smart contract.

To offer a flexible development environment, IOTA smart contract platform supports Solidity, Rust, and GO (TinyGo). The team released the alpha version of IOTA Smart Contracts Protocol in March 2021 that supported Rust and the WebAssembly framework, providing a development environment similar to Polkadot and NEAR protocol. The addition of Solidity and EVM is new in this beta release.

About scalability, the blog post reads:

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“IOTA Smart Contracts is a sharded smart contract network, where each smart contract chain is limited by its own scalability and is not hindered by the rest of the network.”

As Crypto Economy reported, in April 2021, IOTA underwent a major upgrade, called Chrysalis, that transformed IOTA into a wholly new blockchain in the IOTA community with the new protocol, implementation, and cryptography. The IOTA Smart Contracts beta is currently available on IOTA 2.0 DevNet.

In the next release, IOTA will be available on the current IOTA mainnet, called Chrysalis, before switching to the fully decentralized IOTA 2.0 protocol, a process called Coordicide. The announcement reads:

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“The current IOTA mainnet and the fully decentralized future IOTA 2.0 protocol have some fundamental differences, making it difficult to support both at the same time. Our primary focus is, therefore, to support smart contracts on the current IOTA mainnet using the Hornet node software from now on.”

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IOTA Feeless Protocol to Mint Native Assets and Smart Assets

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Getting into a match with an NFT that is minted as a unique, verifiable, and secure game ticket . The possibilities of tokenization with native assets is endless.

Whether from rare collectibles to electric cars, football clubs to smart cities, native assets have the power to transform industries and economies.  Also, the capability to transform the concept and exchange of value itself.

When IOTA’s Digital Asset framework is released, digital assets will be even more ubiquitous due to the network’s zero-fee based architecture.

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The most eagerly awaited feature from IOTA is the “Digital Asset Framework.” In IOTA, Layer 1 assets are known as native assets, as they are native to the IOTA mainnet.  Layer 2 assets are known as smart assets, as these exist on the smart contract layer, and have greater programmability.

Minting is the process which facilitates creation of native assets or smart assets. Native asset, native token, smart asset, smart token are all terms interchangeably used to denote token, but for improved clarity, a piece of art work is known as an asset; and coins are referred to as the tokens.

A native asset also known as the “colored coin” is a customized IOTA token works like a digitized token which represents a tamper-proof and finite asset in the real world.

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The term colored coin grew from the idea of issuing real-world assets like real estate on the blockchain. Native tokens can represent any kind of asset or contract.  They are minted by tagging IOTA tokens.  Since they tag IOTA tokens they do not bring down the overall supply of IOTA tokens.

There are no third parties required either for its creation or for storing them digitally. With the IOTA Feeless Protocol, creating native assets is very inexpensive. It is possible to distribute the assets for free on the ledger.

To mint a native asset, users can take a normal IOTA token and assign a unique identity to it when executing a transaction.

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The act of minting native assets happens at the base level of the IOTA ledger where it is secure, traceable, and immutable. IOTA tokens are assigned a particular meaning, by adding a “tag”, basically giving them a name.

At present, one IOTA Token equals one native asset, and the process for transferring the native assets is exactly the same as transferring an IOTA token.

IOTA recently published a blog post on the business ecosystem of IOTA. The blog helps understand the components and frameworks of IOTA.

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