This post will be updated as there is progress, with an announcement in the comments section each time there’s a significant change.
Version 0.3 April 02 2020
Important Block Heights and Dates
|Event||Date or Block|
|Testnet Hard Fork Block Height||tbd|
|Testnet Hard Fork Date (expected)||tbd|
|Hard Fork Block Height||786,240|
|Hard Fork Date (expected)||2020-07-15 (est.)|
As previously announced, Grin is making network wide upgrades through four scheduled hard forks in the first two years after launch. These are set in the code to occur in rough intervals of 6 months, at every 60*24*7*26 = 262,080 blocks:
Hard Fork 1: 262,080Completed successfully
Hard Fork 2: 524,160Completed successfully
- Hard Fork 3: 786,240
- Hard Fork 4: 1,048,320.
The third network upgrade is expected to happen in mid-July 2020. Compatible versions of grin node, grin-wallet, and grin-miner will be versioned 4.0.0 or greater. The first releases of these are scheduled for June.
This post describes breaking changes, timeline and communications that will take place, with the intention that the upgrade goes as smoothly as possible and that ecosystem participants can make the necessary preparations. It will be updated as necessary with additional information once available, so ensure to come back to it regularly.
Grin v4.0.0 is a network wide upgrade. Apart from updating their binaries in order to use Grin after the upgrade, users are not required to do anything. Stored grins will not be affected. Beware of scams telling you to move your coins elsewhere.
The following is an incomplete list of breaking changes. This section will be updated as required until scope has been finalized.
Last planned tweak of AR proof-of-work algorithm. Grin remains true to its commitment to tweak CuckARoo as part of network upgrades in order to discourage manufacturers from building specialized ASIC hardware for it. As such, Cuckaroom will be deprecated for a new algorithm, its details yet to be announced. There will be a forum post defining the algorithm in advance, alongside corresponding pull requests. Mining software must upgrade their solver.
- Definition: To be announced.
- Cuckoo Cycle repository: https://github.com/tromp/cuckoo
- Corresponding Grin HF PoW PR: To be announced.
- Grin-miner pull request: To be announced.
- Deprecate Node API v1: Retiring the first version of the Node API.
- Parallel IBD: An improved process for initial sync and download of blockchain data.
- Relative locked kernels: Enabling future use cases, such as payment channels.
- Compact slates: A new, slate format designed to have as light footprint as possible.
- Slate serialisation: A new method to serialise slates in order to reduce size in transport as much as possible.
- Armored slates: An iteration of file based transacting with the intention to make it as user friendly as possible to copy/paste a slate file text on different mediums and devices.
- Deprecate http listener for external addresses: Announcing the deprecation of support for unsecured http listeners, targeted for version 5.0.0 (Jan 2021).
To be confirmed.
To be confirmed.
Detailed contents & Status
- For up to date overview: v4.0.0 planning issue
- Node milestone: https://github.com/mimblewimble/grin/milestone/17
- Wallet milestone: https://github.com/mimblewimble/grin-wallet/milestone/8
|2020-03-31||Scope freeze||New functionality, improvements, and fixes targeted for the upgrade are defined, and prioritised.|
|May 2020||PoW Release||New secondary proof of work is released along with a basic solver.|
|2020-06-02||Beta Binaries Release||Release of grin, grin-wallet, grin-miner beta binaries.|
|2020-06-09||Code Freeze||No changes are permitted on the branch to be released except critical bugs.|
|2020-06-16||Release candidate binaries||Release of grin, grin-wallet, grin-miner binaries.|
|2020-06-17||Floonet upgrade||Launch of Floonet hard fork and public testing.|
|2020-07-15||Mainnet upgrade||Grin is forking to v4.0.0.|
NB: Actual dates (but not the hard fork block height) may vary slightly based on the current circumstances.
Prior to the hard fork, the Grin community will communicate with the following medium:
|2020-05-15||Communication to exchanges and mining pools||Communicate with exchanges and mining pools to make sure everyone is aware and are getting ready for the upgrade, offering assistance as required.|
|2020-06-01||1st Banner||First banner on the website with a link to a summary of what will happen.|
|2020-06-16||2nd Banner||Update banner on the website with binaries and urge ecosystem to upgrade.|
|2020-07-08||Final banner||Update banner to urge mining pool and exchanges to upgrade.|
|Immediately following upgrade||v4.0.0 banner||Add a banner on the website informing about the hard fork, the changes introduced, and links to the latest binaries.|
For any feedback, questions, concerns, or problems, please contact Daniel Lehnberg: