- Privacy-centric secret contract platform Enigma has launched the Discovery Network testnet
- The testnet brings robust privacy-focused and self-sufficient features
- At press time, ENG trades at $0.57
Testnet Launch a Huge Milestone for the Enigma Community
According to the project’s Medium post, the developer testnet release will allow Enigma Network to create privacy-focused decentralized applications (dApps.) Enigma’s developers will now be able to develop “significantly more meaningful and secure applications,” the post reads.
Enigma’s developers have been burning the midnight oil for more than a year to ensure a seamless launch of the testnet of the Discovery Network. The release consists of thousands of hours of research and intense brainstorming from the management team at Enigma.
The blockchain project added that it has been integration testing and network testing the testnet for the last three months and that it was open-sourcing the project to give the opportunity to developers the world over to further develop the project cohesively.
Notably, the team added that the testnet consists of almost the same features and capabilities that Enigma’s mainnet will eventually possess, barring a few minor iterations and tweaks.
Commenting on the possible use-cases of Enigma’s protocol, the project stated that it was exploring the potential of Enigma in powering decentralized exchanges (DEX), internet marketplaces, gaming, access control, government administration services, and private transactions, among others.
Key Features of the Testnet
Enigma highlighted five key features that make the testnet launch as monumental an event as it is said to be.
The first feature included in the Discovery Release is Stateful (Encrypted) Secret Contracts which are essentially a more privacy-oriented variant of smart contracts.
Next, the project makes a clear distinction between smart contracts and secret contracts saying that although the latter relies on Ethereum Network as the consensus layer, it is, however, not linked with the shortcomings of Ethereum. This means that these secret contracts can be developed in Solidity alternatives like Rust.
Further, private outputs generated by dApps will directly be sent to the user, the post reads. The release also includes interoperable integration with Ethereum meaning that Enigma developed secret contracts can call arbitrary functions of any other smart contracts deployed on Ethereum.
Last but not least, Engima states that its P2P and storage layer functions are now an integral part of its own ecosystem hovering slightly away from its dependence on Ethereum.