At present we’re saying an replace to the anticipated timeline for NU5 and Halo Arc. This isn’t a call we got here to flippantly; as an alternative, it displays our dedication to the security and high quality of the discharge, together with our dedication to ecosystem readiness. The brand new mainnet activation goal is April 18, 2022.
NU5 is arguably the biggest improve to the Zcash protocol for the reason that venture launched and consists of quite a lot of vital enhancements, together with Unified Addresses and the first deployment of Halo on Zcash. NU5 shall be an unbelievable milestone, implementing the primary shielded pool on Zcash that not requires a trusted setup. Moreover, Unified Addresses and “auto-shielding” in our cellular pockets SDKs will allow Shielded by Default.
After assessing the remaining work, we’re allocating extra time for improvement and to deal with ecosystem outreach and preparations. Particular gadgets embody:
- A proof of zero-knowledge and soundness for the Halo 2 development, which, to the perfect of our information, is the primary full proof of a PLONK-based protocol and the primary express proof written for the polynomial dedication scheme primarily based on the interior product argument.
- Along with the safety assessments executed by NCC and QEDIT, the ECC Core and Safety groups are conducting an extra inside safety audit and thorough evaluation of the Orchard circuit. In a previous inside audit, the workforce recognized a few circuit bugs after the assessments have been accomplished. This extra audit will present additional scrutiny on the circuit code and ZIP implementations for NU5.
- We’re working arduous on ecosystem readiness and to safe commitments from our companions to be prepared at activation. We’re additionally asking that they take part in a co-marketing marketing campaign selling Shielded By Default. We’re already engaged with our companions and are making nice progress with our miners, exchanges, and pockets distributors.
The brand new April activation goal for NU5 will correspond with the discharge of the Halo Arc product suite, which incorporates an NU5-compatible Zcashd, an up to date ECC Reference Pockets, up to date cellular pockets SDKs, and options that can allow Zcash to be Shielded by Default. Full particulars may be discovered on our schedule web page, which all the time displays the most recent data.
Though we hoped to activate NU5 and launch Halo Arc earlier within the yr, we’re certain this extra time will permit for optimum improvement, evaluation, and testing, and to make sure the group and our companions are prepared for launch. We’re extremely enthusiastic about NU5 and what it means for the way forward for Zcash.