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Charles Hoskinson Announces Cardano’s Chang Hard Fork “is Practically Finished”

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In Brief

  • Cardano co-founder Charles Hoskinson announces the Chang hard fork is nearing completion.
  • Hoskinson stated that the Node 9.0 update finalizes the preparations for the upcoming fork.
  • This upgrade promises Cardano's shift towards decentralized community governance.
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In a live AMA session from his ranch in Wyoming, Cardano founder Charles Hoskinson delivered an eagerly awaited update on the blockchain platform’s future.

Hoskinson confirmed that the Chang hard fork is practically finished and anticipated to be rolled out next week. This significant milestone marks the transition to the Voltaire era, a new phase of governance for the Cardano network.

Reflecting on Progress: Cardano’s Journey to CIP-1694 Completion

Hoskinson began by reflecting on the challenges and achievements of the past few years. He celebrated the completion of all elements of the Cardano Improvement Proposal (CIP) 1694, which took about two years and was essential for advancing Cardano’s infrastructure.

In the Cardano ecosystem, CIPs are community-driven suggestions to enhance the blockchain. The community votes on these proposals, deciding which ones to implement.

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As part of CIP-1694, Chang fork will introduce Delegates (DReps) elected by Cardano token (ADA) holders. These representatives will draft the Cardano constitution, while the supreme law governing the network.

Node 9.0’s release notes indicate that this version does not yet include DRep voting and all governance activities, as the full voting protocol will be available in Node 10.0. However, Node 9.0 supports the initial phase of CIP-1694 in production environments.

According to Hoskinson, Node 9.0 is the final step before the Chang hard fork, named in honor of Cardano enthusiast Phil Chang, who passed away two years ago. The primary goal of the Chang hard fork is to alter the ownership structure of the Cardano blockchain. It will initiate the Voltaire era, fully decentralizing network management.

He added that the new node, an improvement from version 8.2.2, is set to be rolled out next week, barring any last-minute issues. The Chang hard fork also represents a pivotal moment for Cardano, marking the transition to the Voltaire era, which focuses on governance.

Giorgio Zinetti, the Cardano Foundation’s chief technology officer, explained that the governance model outlined in CIP-1694 provides a clear path forward for Cardano’s development and growth. However, he pointed out the need for this model to evolve alongside Cardano’s growth.

“One of the more immediate challenges is the technical work and tooling that needs to be built for the governance model; to counteract this, a bootstrapping period will be implemented between the Chang #1 and Chang #2 upgrades, during which only two types of governance actions will be possible: parameter changes and hard fork initiations. This is an essential step, with the focus on getting DReps to register and become operational,” Zinetti elaborated to BeInCrypto.

Future Milestones: Plutus V3, Hydra, and the Next Governance Vote

Recently, the network implemented the Voltaire Upgrade, introducing significant changes to foster a community-driven network. Hoskinson expressed excitement about reaching this stage, a process that has been “two years in the making.”

Achieving a network node density of around 70% will trigger the hard fork, ushering in new governance capabilities and broader community participation in decision-making. Network node density refers to the percentage of total nodes in the network running a particular software version or update. A higher density indicates a larger percentage of nodes operating the same update.

Furthermore, Hoskinson discussed the complexities that lie ahead post-Chang hard fork, particularly in the Basho era, which will address the network’s scalability and optimization. The Basho phase requires significant community input to balance various trade-offs, including on-chain and off-chain data processing and technical decisions like on-chain sharding and transaction processing adjustments.

“Basho is a very multidimensional thing and requires a lot of discussions about which direction and what trade-offs people want,” Hoskinson elaborated.

Hoskinson also mentioned future milestones, including Plutus V3, Hydra, Leios, and Mithril, as important candidates for the next governance vote. This vote will essentially ratify Basho’s final state and resource allocation.

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According to Cardanoscan, exchanges and stake pools were not yet ready for the hard fork at the time of publication. However, the Cardano community remains optimistic about the imminent changes and the future of the network.

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Lynn Wang is a seasoned journalist at BeInCrypto, covering a wide range of topics, including tokenized real-world assets (RWA), tokenization, artificial intelligence (AI), regulatory enforcement, and investments in the crypto industry. Previously, she led a team of content creators and journalists for BeInCrypto Indonesia, focusing on the adoption of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology in the region, as well as regulatory developments. Prior to that, at Value Magazine, she covered...
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