- IOTA has announced that an open source version of its coordinator will be run on its mainnet
- This change will take place on April 10, 2019
- This is part of an effort to make their operations more transparent
IOTA’s technology has been put to a lot of use in the last few months, from waste management to green energy solutions. Now, it is about to become much more transparent with the development of the Coordicide.
In an April 8, 2019 blog post, the firm gave some more insight into the development of Coordicide and the changes that will be made in that regard in the near future. First, it was explained what exactly the Coordicide is. According to the post, it is a deliberate effort to remove the Coordinator from the IOTA networks and is its research stage.
A Change is Coming
As part of the efforts towards developing the Coordicide, IOTA has announced some new changes.
“One step in the journey towards Coordicide is making the inner workings of the current network set-up fully transparent. We want to do that with an open-sourced version of the Coordinator running on Mainnet,” the posts says.
This open source version of the coordinator is called the Compass and was initially released some months back and allowed the opening of a private network, running of tests, and development PoCs. So far, the Compass has been tested on the spamnet and devnet and is now ready to be moved to the mainnet. IOTA has stated that using an open source version of the coordinator will make the network more transparent while improving it.
As such, the mainnet coordinator will be replaced by the open source version on April 10, 2019, and will include the addition of a breaking version of IRI, as well as a global snapshot which will take place at 7:30 AM UTC on the same date. The coordinator will be offline for the duration of time it takes to perform a snapshot state verification by the community and begin the use of the new coordinator.
The new coordinator will issue signed zero value milestones and any transactions referenced by the milestones will be considered confirmed by any IRI node. The hash function used by the coordinator will be changed to Kerl and the security level of signatures will be bumped to level 2.