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IOTA Research Status Update March 2021

This month, we've seen new releases of our Pollen Testnet, as well as continued progress on verification of our core protocol as we ramp up for the release of Nectar. With the “Nectar” stage of our Coordicide implementation ahead of us, our team is currently wrapping up the last few bits of research needed to achieve that milestone. At this point, the remaining work is primarily related to optimizations, and we will continue to use data gathered from Pollen to implement any required changes. Nectar will be our first fully…

IOTA Smart Contracts Protocol Alpha Release

The release of the IOTA Smart Contracts Protocol (ISCP) Alpha marks a significant milestone in the development of the ISCP. The scale and nature of improvements over the previous “pre-alpha” version are significant and we now feel confident with the current state to release the “Alpha version”.The fundamental and most notable change of the ISCP since its “Pre-Alpha” release is the integration of a multi-chain environment, secured by the Tangle, the “Layer 1”: Subnetworks, comprised of Wasp nodes we call “committees”, can…

Welcome Piotr Macek to the IOTA Foundation

Piotr Macek joins the IOTA research team as research engineer. In this role Piotr will focus on contributing to the GoShimmer project and related research.Piotr lives in Wrocław, Poland and has a master's degree in data science from Wroclaw University of Science and Technology. He has 6 years of professional experience working as a software engineer and data engineer. He engaged with IOTA on the Coordicide Grant for Cellular Automata Improvements.On joining IOTAI have been observing the crypto space for the last couple of…

IOTA as Digital Infrastructure: Applying PlanB’s ‘Phase Transitions’ to the IOTA Token

The full article was originally published by Dan Simerman on Medium. Read the full article here.With the expanded narrative of Bitcoin as a ‘financial instrument’ gaining popularity in 2021, it makes sense to review how the IOTA Token’s utility is growing due to technical updates and macro economic forces. In this blog post, I apply PlanB’s idea of ‘Phase Transitions’ and lay out a potential evolution of the IOTA Token as a foundational resource for digital infrastructure in the global machine economy.Many people…

IOTA and Horizen Partner to Expand IOTA Oracles To New Blockchains

Creating opportunities for interoperability between distributed networks has always been a key goal for the IOTA Foundation. Up until now, we have focused much of our attention on building the protocol and defining the specifications for Chrysalis and Coordicide (IOTA 2.0). Due to our new architecture, we can now focus some energy on building cross chain bridges between complimentary distributed ledgers with unique value propositions and valuable use cases. So it is with this in mind that we are happy to announce our new…

Pollen Testnet v0.4.0 Release Notes

We are releasing a new version of our Pollen testnet v0.4.0. With this version, we removed the value Tangle, introduced the approval switch, Markers and so much more. The full list of changes include:Remove the value TangleAdd approval switchAdd Markers integrationAdd new message bookerAdd new ledger stateAdd new opinion formerAdd new Tip managerAdd new flow unit testsAdd remote spammer toolAdd sendTransaction timestamp validity checkAdd clock Since methodAdd docs actionsAdd Tangle width debug tool optionUpdate…

Welcome Daria Dziubałtowska to the IOTA Foundation

Daria Dziubałtowska joins the IOTA research team as a research engineer. In this role Daria will focus on GoShimmer and the testnet implementation. Daria lives in Wroclaw, Poland. She holds a degree in Applied Mathematics from Wrocław University of Science and Technology. She engaged with IOTA on the Coordicide Grant for Cellular Automata Improvements.On joining IOTAI am really thrilled to work on such exciting technology. The idea behind IOTA is very promising. Exploring the Tangle was a great fun to me and really caught my…

Welcome William Sanders to the IOTA Executive Team

We are delighted to welcome William Sanders as Director of Research for the IOTA Foundation. William, who often goes by Billy, joined IOTA in November 2018 as a research scientist. Since he joined, he has been instrumental in developing our Coordicide solution, and he has also been involved with virtually every aspect of pure DLT research undertaken within the IOTA Foundation.Billy is taking over the role of Research Director from Serguei Popov, who will continue to serve on the Board of Directors and also as a…

Welcome Karolis Petrauskas to the IOTA Foundation

Karolis Petrauskas joins the IOTA engineering team as a senior software engineer, within the smart contracts team. In this role Karolis will focus on the consensus and other distributed algorithms for the IOTA smart contracts protocol.Karolis Petrauskas lives in Vilnius, Lithuania and has been in the technology sector for twenty years. He has worked as a developer and a senior architect in the domain of systems integration and distributed systems. Karolis has a PhD in computer science, gives lectures in Vilnius University…

IOTA Foundation Partners With Curv Custody To Expand The IOTA Token Ecosystem(Thanks to Chrysalis!)

We are happy to announce that the IOTA token will soon be available on Curv’s industrial grade digital asset custody platform! With IOTA’s upcoming Chrysalis network upgrade, Curv will be the first multi-party computation (MPC) custody solution to incorporate IOTA.With our integration with Curv, any application leveraging Curv’s institutional custody solution will have the ability to support the IOTA token. This includes exchanges but also Decentralized Finance (DeFi) products like Celsius (IOTA Lending), Stakehound…

Tokenization on the Tangle with IOTA Digital Assets

The IOTA team has made significant progress in the past few weeks to get Chrysalis onto the mainnet in March. The biggest network upgrade in our history is not only a march towards production-readiness, but also an enabler of exciting new use-cases, partners, and products that have not been possible before. With the Chrysalis upgrade come a number of interlocking projects that span the entire IOTA ecosystem, all intended to further increase the possibilities in which IOTA can be used.Realizing the Machine Economy requires…

Welcome Antoni Dikov to the IOTA Foundation

Antoni Dikov is joining IOTA as Software Engineer - Rust of the Engineering team. In this role Antoni will focus on building up our client libraries. Antoni Dikov lives in Sofia, Bulgaria and has been in the technology sector for over seven years. He has worked in different industries starting his early career in game development after which he transitioned to the travel industry and worked on the development of a Global Distribution System. As of late 2020 his interest shifted into distributed ledger technologies. On…

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