Cardano’s Shelley core network: Hardfork Combinator lets you avoid hardfork
Input Output HK, a development studio behind the Cardano blockchain (ADA), has released a technical explanation of Hardfork Combinator’s operations in the process of deploying the core Shelley network. According to official IOHK announcement at the Cardano (ADA) forum, the Hardfork Combinator concept was designed to avoid a chain split in its common understanding, allowing for a seamless transition from the semi-decentralized Byron phase to the main Shelley network.
The Hardfork combinator is a remarkable piece of technology, which plays a central role in the transition from Byron to Shelley. Very shortly, we’ll be deploying it to the mainnet – here’s a video demo test to show the tech in action @Cardano https://t.co/zNdXgd8YZR
– Input Output (@InputOutputHK) June 29, 2020
“The Hardfork combiner is a remarkable piece of technology, which plays a central role in the transition from Byron to Shelley. Soon, we will be deploying it to the main network – here’s a video demo test to show the technology in action
The new instrument is being implemented in the testnet. The Cardano Foundation has released a video with a detailed technical explanation of how it works. Philipp Kant, director of formal methods at IOHK, introduced the code base and demonstrated why it was created in this way.
This combiner allows for a smooth transition from Byron to Shelley for all Cardano blockchain (ADA) nodes. Without this instrument, a disagreement could evolve between different nodes.
When this occurs, different versions of the protocol may start to exist, which, in turn, can lead to a serious conflict between different parts of the blockchain.
One node, two protocols
With this combiner, a node can operate under several protocols at the same time. According to Mr. Tim Harrison, director of marketing and communications at Input Output HK, the Combinator is crucial for switching between two stages of Cardano’s progress (ADA):
“When executing the first protocol (ie, Byron), it can be triggered by a special on-chain update, after which it manages the smooth transition to the execution of the next protocol (ie, Shelley).”
The Hardfork Combinator code base has been successfully tested and is ready for deployment on the main network.
Mr. Kant explains the main distinctive features of the new release and its role in the very sensitive transition process in a video posted on Cardano’s official forum (ADA).
As covered by Webitcoin, Cardano (ADA) will launch the core Shelley network in a few weeks. The development process is currently undergoing the public testing phase, following a successful ITN test network.