NKN Bi-weekly Report: February 16 — March 1, 2019

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Highlights

  • NKN Testnet V0.8 Released: fully decentralized and unstoppable
  • One-Click NKN Full Node launches on DigitalOcean
  • Interview with NKN advisor Stephen Wolfram and CTO Yilun Zhang
  • Testnet Reaches over 7,000 Nodes
  • Korean Language Website and Introduction Deck Launched
  • NKN South America / Africa Challenge: connecting the Next Billion Users
  • Tech Talk: “Scaling to 1 million+ nodes and 10K TPS concurrently”

R&D highlights

NKN Testnet V0.8 Released

NKN released Testnet v0.8.0-alpha software release on February 28th. This version removes the privilege of genesis block proposer and makes mining fully decentralized and unstoppable! The release is a significant step toward our Mainnet launch in June 2019.

Upgrade is required for all Testnet miners as this release is incompatible with past releases. If you are using the NKN One-Click on DigitalOcean or any of the GUIminer or autoupdate enabled installations, the software should update automatically. For all others, please follow update instructions for your particular install.

Github source code development progress

NKN testnet code development progress over the last two weeks is mainly reflected in nkn, nkn-mining, nkn-protocols, and nkn-sdk-go repositories and different branches.

The latest stable release : v0.8.0 was released on February 28th, 2019.

(https://github.com/nknorg/nkn/releases )

NKN Testnet v0.8.0-alpha

  • Remove the privilege of genesis block proposer and use past block producer when timeout. Mining is now fully decentralized!
  • Tons of improvements and bug fixes

One-Click NKN Full Node launches on DigitalOcean

On February 19th, NKN became the first blockchain project to offer a One-Click Full Node droplet on DigitalOcean’s cloud hosting platform. Now it is easier than ever to join the NKN network and run your own node with DigitalOcean. With just 3 steps, you can have a NKN node running in less than 5 minutes. A detailed tutorial and companion YouTube video are available to help you get started. Start running your own NKN Node today!

One-Click to build a New Kind of Network node on DigitalOcean

One-Click NKN Full Node Video Tutorial

Interview with NKN advisor Stephen Wolfram and CTO Yilun Zhang

NKN’s CTO Yilun Zhang and advisor Dr. Stephen Wolfram recently sat down to discuss NKN, how it works and what makes it different than other blockchain applications. The result is an immersive interview covering key features of the NKN network including our Decentralized Data Transmission Network (DDTN) and Consensus based on Cellular Automata complete with models in wolfram language. It’s really a treat for those interested in understanding the technology behind the network. For the complete interview and the companion interactive Wolfram notebook please visit the article, Stephen Wolfram (Creator of NKS) Tries to Understand NKN.

Testnet Reaches over 7,000 Nodes

NKN’s Testnet has grown to a new record high of 7,000 nodes as of February 26th. Our Testnet now has nodes in over 40 countries with more than 98% of nodes run by the community! We are excited to see such a growing and thriving community help us build the decentralized internet.

Korean Language Website and Introduction Deck Launched

On March 1st, NKN launched both a Korean language website and translation of its 37 pages Introduction Deck. In addition, NKN announced earlier this year the availability of its token on leading Korean Exchange Upbit. We look forward to growing the NKN Korean Community!

Introduction (Korean):

NKN South America / Africa Challenge

On February 25th, NKN launched the South America and Africa challenges in order to grow our community in these regions and help connect the next billion users. Are you up for the challenge? All you need is to run an NKN node in the qualified regions for at least 2 weeks and you could win 250 NKN. Rules are available on our Medium post.

Tech Talk: “Towards horizontal scalable block propagation and BFT-like consensus”

On February 21st, NKN’s CTO, Yilun Zhang, presented his analysis of consensus and scalability for blockchain networks to the ABC Blockchain Community in Palo Alto, CA. The ABC Blockchain Community was started by a group of engineers from Google and has built a prominent community of Blockchain enthusiasts to share and learn advances in blockchain technology. Yilun’s presentation covered: (1) How to efficiently broadcast blocks in a large network and boost the TPS by 10x, (2) How to efficiently reach BFT-like consensus with arbitrary number of nodes. These topics and more were also covered in the video NKN Tech Talk: Million-node consensus with Dr. Yilun Zhang taken at Blockchain Connect Conference: Academic 2019 in January.

Community contributions

Japanese translation of “One-Click to build a New Kind of Network node on DigitalOcean” by Katakoto

Japanese subtitles for YouTube video “One-Click NKN Full Node Tutorial” by Katakoto

About NKN

NKN is the new kind of P2P network connectivity protocol & ecosystem powered by a novel public blockchain. We use economic incentives to motivate Internet users to share network connection and utilize unused bandwidth. NKN’s open, efficient, and robust networking infrastructure enables application developers to build the decentralized Internet so everyone can enjoy secure, low cost, and universally accessible connectivity.

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