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IOTA Research Status Update — September 2020
With the easing of travel restrictions in Europe, our department was able to have its first summit since February. The primary purpose of this meeting was to review all the specifications which each group had been working on over the last few weeks. With our theoretical Coordicide research nearing its end, our research is moving into a new phase, where we are focused on the following tasks:
- Tying up the last few loose ends in the specifications and completing specifications documents
- Implementing the specifications into the next version of our testnet, Nectar
- Sharding research
With our research moving into this phase, we decided to reorganize our group structure to better service our current priorities. Here are our new groups:
- Nectar Testnet Implementation: This group is focusing on implementing the specifications into code.
- Nectar Testnet Study Group: The point of building a prototype is to evaluate the performance of the protocol on a testnet. This group is doing that evaluation. In particular, they are:
- Collecting and analyzing data collected on Pollen Testnet
- Verifying previous theoretical claims about the protocol
- Finding optimal values for each parameter
3. Protocol: This group will study issues arising in the protocol as they are implemented in Pollen. They will also finish the specifications.
4. Networking: This group will carry on studying and optimizing aspects of the protocol related to rate and congestion control and gossiping.
5. Sharding: This group will focus on research around sharding.
Pollen Testnet Implementation. This month the GoShimmer team released the Pollen Testnet v0.2.4 that fixes a synchronization issue occurring when missing messages were not requested more than once....
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