Cardano development update: Big progress and growing adoption

  • The latest Cardano roadmap update reveals progress in the development of the Daedalus wallet and its integration with Trezor.
  • Progress in application development for iOS and Android and the voting process for Project Catalyst.

In the latest Cardano roadmap update, important details on the development of the platform were revealed. In addition, its most important components made progress such as the Daedalus wallet, Adrestia, smart contracts, and progress were made towards the decentralization of Cardano.

Regarding the Daedalus update, the launching of the 2.4.0 version of the Daedalus mainnet was revealed. The update includes the following improvements: access to details on the saturation in a stake pool, improvements in the display of the table view, access to details of potential rewards in the tooltip of the staking pool and an improvement in the ranking display of the wallet.

The Daedalus development team is working on the last stage of the integration with the Trezor hardware wallet: testing and review. In parallel, they are working on the connection of the services of the Ledger devices with Daedalus. The Adrestia team has focused on Catalyst to add support to multiple wallet and assets. They were able to add delegation support for wallet hardware, complete flexible server selection for SMASH and have begun work on Cardano-rosseta for delegations. The following is added in the roadmap update:

It was a busy week for Adrestia, as they also accomplished nightly benchmarks of server in the context of multi-account done, and have almost completed a configurable time-to-live for transaction and automatic re-scheduling of failed transactions. The team has also made good progress on the creation of script addresses via the API and soft derivation via the API.

Cardano’s Project Catalyst and decentralization

Project Catalyst has also made significant progress. Launched as part of the last Cardano era, Voltaire, Catalyst has been created to decentralize, democratize and contribute to the sustainability of the platform. The roadmap update reveals that the developers are working on scripts to generate “vote registrations from a stake key in cardano-CLI”. Work was also done on the component that fetches registration, on the “initial testing of the voting workflow tests for Fund2” and on voting applications for the iOS and Android operating systems. The following improvements were also implemented:

The team improved Bitte deployment tooling to allow running multiple unrelated node clusters on the same nomad cluster, and deployed Catalyst jormungandr cluster for the Fund2 voting. Finally, they provided Nix assistance with Glasgow Haskell Compiler (GHC) 8.10 update for the node and implemented Daedalus hardware wallet support for Trezor devices.

In that sense, the decentralization of Cardano has been an important part of the work of the developers. Therefore, they have worked on the functionality of the consensus layer and its integration with new eras. To achieve further integration, the team will have to make additional changes in the finalization of the general ledger. They are currently testing Shelley hard-forking.

In the Goguen era and smart contracts on Cardano, the Plutus team has started implementing initial changes to the “batch metadata query structure in the backend of smart contracts (SCB)”. The Marlowe Decentralized Finance Platform (DeFi) has received:

(…) updates to Blockly regarding the use of account numbers. They also made changes to the Option contract example in the Marlowe Playground to make it more realistic.

Finally, the update reveals an adoption case with the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB). The educational institution has presented a design to simulate hot, warm and cold peers in a node.

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