Shelley Testnet: Your weekly rollout rollup. Week 32: W/E 31st January 2020

Week 32: W/E 31st January 2020

Each week, this is where we’ll share a high-level summary of key achievements and what’s been going on in the Shelley Testnet program. Remember, for the very latest technical updates you can follow all the commits and pull requests in our Jormungandr GitHub.

If you are not already part of the conversation, we invite you to the Shelley Testnet & Stake Pool Best Practice Telegram group. There are over 3,700 members, and this is a great resource for anyone interested in the Incentivized Testnet. Thank you to all of our testnet users and special shoutout to our Cardano Ambassadors who continue to help community members get involved!

What’s Up
This week, there were two releases of Jormungandr, v0.8.8 and v0.8.9. The first release aimed to provide improvements to logging, bootstrapping and CPU reduction. And while it provided these enhancements, a second release this week was necessary to fix panics observed during the network bootstrap. This issue caused blocks to not be in sync with the main chain. V0.8.9 also delivered a feature improvement, whereby it introduced the use of a checkpoint when bootstrapping. Detailed information on the enhancements brought forth by these two releases can be found in project manager Dimitris Poulopoulos’s update video:

Please note that we’ll be adjusting how we deliver weekly testnet updates so this newsletter may look a little different next week! But don’t worry, we’ll make sure to continue sharing progress updates and information with all of you!

Finally, thank you to everyone who participated in the surveys we’ve pushed out over the past 3 weeks. We’ll be sending a few more to gain specific insight into other areas of the testnet, but you can also expect to see some of our findings. We’ll be sharing some of our findings next week so keep an eye out!

Issues with Daedalus syncing and connection are still the majority of new tickets now. Many people do get resolutions to their problems but equally many do not. As the network continues to improve, these issues should reduce. However, a backlog is inevitable as we put tickets on hold while waiting for a solution to the connection issues.

New Issues - 667
Resolved Issues - 542
Issue Backlog - 1182

Community Content
Please note, these community resources are shared in good faith for you to use at your own discretion. You’ll always find ‘official’ documentation and instructions within IOHK & Cardano channels.

  • Tony Olson had another go with his students at Shoshoni School’s Blockchain R&D Lab and fired up some stake pools
    Cryptobaer wrote a nice Medium article with a few troubleshooting tips for Daedalus Rewards

And some reminders from the Community team:

That’s it for now! Thanks,
The Stakepool Testing team