The first real-world functional parachain Statemine, began processing permissionless transactions after an on-chain upgrade last week. After some smooth running over the weekend, the time is coming to move to the next stage: slot auctions. Here is our recommendation for how Parachain auctions should be rolled out in the coming weeks.

Barely a week ago, the Kusama network made history by becoming the first fully-decentralised, secure heterogeneously-sharded blockchain, made possible by using technology developed for Polkadot. …


The staged launch of Polkadot is about to reach another chapter. As we approach the launch of Parachain functionality and the auctions and crowd-loans behind them, let’s look at what’s coming.

The launch of Polkadot began around ten months ago with the first four phases; the last — a move to complete decentralisation and permissionlessness — happened finally at the end of July last year. Now, phase five, the final phase in the launch of Polkadot is beginning.

Polkadot is a heterogeneous scalable multichain. In its brief history, Polkadot has demonstrated a highly decentralised and inclusive staking system (anyone with…


Despite being a tough year for pretty much everyone (with the possible exception of Amazon and takeaways), the Polkadot network and community is coming out of 2020 with the wind very much behind its sails. So now that we’ve reached the end of 2020, for better or worse, let’s have a roundup of what we achieved and what we’re planning to do over the course of 2021…

I tend to start these roundups with a few statistics, and this year seems no exception. Development has continued apace, with the Rust codebase standing at well in excess of half a million…


Two weeks ago we started the first vote on the fledgling Polkadot network. That vote has just ended and the results are clear.

With a turnout just shy of one third of the tokens, the recent Polkadot redenomination poll was a major result for stakeholder decision-making. This number is all the more impressive considering that both the Web3 Foundation and Parity Technologies abstained from the voting.

The poll itself was to determine the final “meaning” of the DOT token, specifically how many of the lowest denomination of Polkadot’s balances, the Planck, should constitute a single DOT. …


Polkadot just moved into Phase 3; Phase 4 will be coming later today. Here’s what’s happening…

Unlike any other blockchain to date, Polkadot’s launch process is a multi-stage affair, phased over several weeks, where pieces of new functionality are added, piecemeal, until the initial “production version” is hit. I use quotes here because Polkadot is not designed to be a single blockchain, neither in space nor time. Polkadot is an amorphous multi-chain capable of fussless assimilation of new technologies and features over time, much like a website which evolves and iterates as you visit it day after day.

In case you missed the last episode…

Polkadot began…


Polkadot is on the cusp of launch and the DOT holders must move to elect the first Polkadot council.

It has been a busy week already, with the first vote started on Polkadot to finally determine how many Planck we shall place in a standard DOT. As that continues, a second feature will be enabled on the Polkadot network’s chain candidate: Council elections. If this all goes to plan, then the following upgrade will be to enable all governance functionality and remove the Web3 Foundation’s administrative (“Sudo”) privileges, phases 3 and 4 in our launch plan. …


A vote has been started that will alter the course of Polkadot and define the final denomination of its native DOT token. It affects all Polkadot stakeholders. If you have claimed your DOT on the mainnet, or you plan to, then you can — and should! — vote.

Two months ago, a vote was conducted on Polkadot’s “wild cousin” network, Kusama. The vote was over a simple, non-binding declaration that the assembled Kusama community be in favour of changing the denomination of the “DOT” token, essentially multiplying all balances across the system by one hundred. …


The first chain candidate for the Polkadot mainnet has been running stably for over two weeks now; it’s time to move on to the next phase.

As you might know, the launch of the Polkadot network is split over several stages, starting with the most centralised, restrictive and permissioned network based around a proof-of-authority (PoA) consensus. This initial stage has been running (as I write this) for 19 days without a problem, hopefully a sign of things to come. …


Polkadot’s first chain candidate (“CC1”), which may well become the Polkadot mainnet, has been launched. Here’s what you get now and what’s coming up soon.

As I write this, my laptop node has 12 peers. Barely half an hour ago, it had none. Polkadot CC1 is freshly born; beginning its “life” at 17:36:21, Zug time. We’re now at block #400, with Grandpa and Babe chugging along quite happily. So far so good.


Kusama is about to get a new logic core; here’s the details of this and a few earlier ones.

Details

  • Runtime version: 1037
  • Supported natively by: n/a
  • Polkadot Git commit hash: f570356
  • Substrate Git commit hash: 860b79b
  • Council motion: #85

Key changes

  • Multisig accounts and pseudonymous sub-accounts (#4462): Support for stateful threshold multisig transactions/accounts/wallets and pseudonymous “sub” accounts (accounts controlled by other accounts).
  • Indirectly slashed nominators stay nominating (#4553): If a validator is slashed (e.g. for being offline), their nominators were all forced to chill, depriving other, unrelated, validators of nominations. This logic is removed.
  • Rebonding (#4374): Unbond operations can now be cancelled…

Gavin Wood

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