Charles Hoskinson Saturday Night Surprise AMA - 19-4-2020
(Written by @Eric_Czuleger)
On April 19th 2020 Charles Hoskinson sat down for an AMA. There he discussed the current research velocity as well as the upcoming developments in the Cardano ecosystem.
We will likely have one more Daedalus Flight candidate shortly .
Byron is disseminating through Cardano well the benefits include debugging more quickly and reduced sync times.
Criticisms that Shelley will never launch can be answered by his recent whiteboard video.
In the last seventeen days we have launched 4 releases and we will have two more on the way next week. There will likely be one more Flight candidate. We will do the mainnet release of Daedalus on the regular version of Daedalus which will aggregate all changes in the month of April for the Flight program. That means that all users will be on the new Byron reboot code.
Linux, Mac, and windows will be compatible with this.
We’re quite happy that the Flight program has rolled out to users. Sync times have ranged from 30 minutes to two hours which is a massive improvement. We have seen sync times on Windows fall from eight hours to an hour and ten minutes. This is positive progress after recent developments.
We’re also happy to report that upon finding bugs we fixed them in hours and days. This is far quicker than the previous code base. We attribute this to our enhanced architecture with the Byron reboot. It allows us to do memory profiling or to look at the traces. This design and beautiful architecture makes the entire process easier.
After the recent whiteboard video there has been criticism that Shelley will never launch. However, we have a step by step plan to make Shelley happen. The 23rd of April will represent the next major internal release of the node. This will pull together many components for the Shelley ‘friends and family’ testnet. We will take another couple of weeks to bring the CLI into this.
If we continue this velocity the Haskell Shelley testnets are imminent. If critics look at the integration of the Haskell node with the Haskell wallet backend, it can be parallelized and there is a large team working on it. That means we are looking at around 4 to 6 weeks to finalize the last component. Essentially, what we thought would happen is happening. We are in the release bands we’re comfortable with.
Aparna Jue will reveal more in terms of deadlines and what we are building at the end of this month. The whiteboard video represents the path that we are currently following. This will be a lot of work but it will be a straightforward process. We are upgrading a cryptocurrency and decentralizing a federated system. A million things can go wrong here, but through careful planning and systematic effort we are launching a graceful upgrade which doesn’t disrupt anything.
This will allow hundreds of people to take over something run by only three companies. We see this as the greatest achievement this year of any other cryptocurrency. We wish Ethereum well with Ethereum 2 but we feel very good about the recent Cardano upgrade. Everything is on rails here.