Reboot Byron codebase: A new era for blockchain Cardano

On March 26, AZCoin News reported that IOHK, the company behind the Cardano blockchain, announced the launch of the Ouroboros Hydra protocol. The culmination of five years of intensive scientific research and relentless testing, Hydra will allow Cardano to expand to an unprecedented level even in large payment processors like Visa.

Specifically, this extended protocol will allow Cardano to process up to 1 million transactions per second, and facilitating micro-transactions will lead to an increase in cryptocurrency payments globally.

The company’s Aggelos Kiayias explained that Hydra would enable high transaction throughput, low latency, and minimal storage on each node. Although Hydra is specifically designed to work with the Ouroboros protocol on the Cardano blockchain, it can also be used on other systems.

Hydra is not the only major update coming from IOHK. The company also announced the reboot of the Byron era codebase, allowing for an easier transition into Shelley.

Tim Harrison, Marketing & Communications Director at Cardano, announced via a YouTube video stating that the software was ready for deployment. Harrison noted that it took them about 18 months for the IOHK development team to recreate Byron, where he considered the future of Cardano blockchain.

With this release, the Cardano network is one step closer to the Shelley mainnet release. With the new version of Byron, the system will support all of Shelley’s impending features,
as well as many possible developments in the future.

“At the most basic level, rebooting Byron will improve the performance of the entire Cardano network,” IOHK CEO Charles Hoskinson said.

The update will turn the Byron era codebase module, separate ledger, consensus, and network elements of the node. This will allow each and every one of those segments to be changed and upgraded without affecting other segments and shutting down the entire blockchain.

In addition, major changes to the Cardano node, Cardano explorer, wallet backend, and Daedalus wallet will be made in the upgrade. The new node update will be rolled out to many-core nodes and forwarded on Cardano mainnet in the next few weeks, followed by other reboot improvements and Daedalus beta in the coming months.

Hoskinson says that the new node improvements will make it more efficient and reliable in memory usage. This will allow the node to run on a machine with low specifications or in poor network conditions so that the Cardano network can reach more people around the world.

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