ARK Core v2 is now ready for mainnet launch

ARK, a delegated proof of stake (DPOS) blockchain that hopes to connect blockchains through so-called, ‘smartbridges’ has announced ARK Core v2 is now ready for launch on Wednesday, November 28th.

The Core v2 codebase is entirely new and has been developed from scratch. The ARK team reports it has been through relentless testing and is now finely tuned and ready for launch on mainnet to become the backbone of the ARK blockchain.

ARK Core v2 Features

How The Transition Occur

On November 28th, 2018 the ARK team and delegates will coordinate a switch to the new Core by installing the new Core on servers. This is a hardfork, which means that it will NOT be backward compatible with the old code. All node operators will need to replace their old deprecated ARKNode code with ARKCore. Old nodes will NOT be able to communicate with new nodes, as they will be automatically banned. The upgrade process may result in small network downtimes — please bear with us.

End users will only need to install updated wallets that support the new protocol (either Desktop or Mobile Wallet). Current desktop and mobile wallets will be updated and all information and guides will be available prior to launch.

Along with ARK Core v2 comes a totally new Desktop Wallet also built from scratch. The new wallet will provide dynamic fee settings right out of the box. More information will become available as we near the release.

There will be plenty of time for exchanges to transition to the new protocol, however, exchanges may be intermittently down during this process. ARK will be providing assistance to all exchanges during this transition. Fortunately, the new Core is much easier to integrate, and by default comes with a JSON-RPC plugin. If any exchange is reading this The ARK team says to contact them if they want to integrate with ARK.

Near-Term Roadmap

Following the mainnet launch, the first focus of the ARK team will be to monitor and address any issues or bugs that may arise. After that, the focus will be on building Core v2.1, the next major release for ARK, which is due for launch in early 2019.

Core v2.1 includes new transaction types such as timelocks, updated multisignatures, multipayment support, increased size for SmartBridge field from 64 to 256 chars and will allow “Push.Button.Blockchain.” to be fully realized with bridgechain interoperability options. More information on v2.1 will be released in due time.

Before the end of 2018, ARK will be implementing the following:

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”Rok Černec, Co-Founder of ARK.io” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]”Since long before the ARK genesis block, our goal has been to provide the same accessibility and scalability for custom blockchains as WordPress provides for custom websites. Coupled with ARK’s interoperability features and modular construction, this makes for the perfect ecosystem of interconnected plug-and-play chains. Our primary objective behind the development of v2 was to identify ways we could move the ARK codebase closer to these goals. With this strategy in mind, we set about rewriting the ARK Core from the ground up. From the programming practices adopted to the JavaScript dependencies chosen, our continual focus has been to write efficient, modern and highly readable code. Our work at ARK has been in service of a simple, yet powerful truth: The easier it is to read and understand code, the easier it is to extend it. This approach is perhaps most evident in our new plugin system, where nearly all node functionality can be customized as easily as installing a plugin on a WordPress site. Across all of the changes listed below, you will find that accessibility and extensibility are prevalent themes as we strive to create the world’s premiere blockchain development platform.”[/perfectpullquote]