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After the first three planned hard forks of æternity network namely Minerva (March 2019) Fortuna, (June 2019) and Lima (October 2019) the core dev team has been continuously working on improving the network and after those three previously defined updates, this will be the first not previously planned update which changes consensus rules and therefore will be conditioned by a positive community vote.
The latest major protocol upgrade of the æternity protocol is scheduled for release on the 13th of April, and will need a positive governance vote — starting March 15th.
Clearly, big things are in store for æternity, with major contributions to the whole blockchain ecosystem, like Hyperchains, in the late stages of development. Before Hyperchains can become the consensus mechanism of the æternity network, core developers have been working around the clock to provide the first necessary update of the protocols called the Iris Hard Fork (Release 6.0).
With work on some parts of the update in its final phase, the original release date (25th February) was slightly postponed to include a wider set of improvements regarding state channels, interoperability of the evolved FATE 2 transaction engine, the ability to have contract cloning and factories as well as bytecode introspection.
Now, it is our pleasure to announce that the governance vote concerning the Iris Hard Fork will begin on Monday, the 15th of March. If the vote results are positive, the roll-out of the new release is scheduled for the 13th of April, and node operators and miners will have a time-window to update their nodes after that date.
Iris Hard Fork Features
From a user perspective, the new feature set includes the ability to use Zero Knowledge proofs and advanced multi-signature schemes on the æ blockchain, it includes a new type of Tx which allows an account to pay ...
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