Görli Testnet undergoes preliminary tests
After several months of development, the Görli testnet on the Ethereum blockchain is ready for the pilot test phase.
The Görli testnet operates on a consent test algorithm of authority. However, its standout features are its compatibility with several clients programmed in different languages. This feature is included to make Görli available to as many developers as possible. Before the completion of the last prototype, several versions had failed due to compatibility issues.
The origin of Görli
The Görli testnet was intercepted at the ETHBerlin hackathon at the start of this year. In those days, Afri Scohedon from Parity joined Chainsafe Systems to develop a revolutionary public testette on Ethereum's blockchain. The main activity involved porting the consent mechanism of authority tests to assist in the creation of Görli.
In the end, Scohedon won the competition. It was then that he highlighted the absence of an Ethereum test network that can handle cross-client transactions quickly, safely, and reliably. Scohedon also asked for improvement of the sizing options on Ethereum network.
According to Anthony Lusardi, a developer of Ethereum Classic, it is impossible to implement a testnet on several Ethereum clients without encountering difficulties. This makes it difficult for developers to test their apps. Anthony's ETC cooperative supported the Görli testnet development team with a $ 125,000 grant.
The Görli testnet: importance of the tests
Before implementing an intelligent contract on the Ethereum blockchain, it is advisable to run a testnet version. This allows developers to identify and correct weaknesses (if any) for free and without interrupting network activities.
There are several ways to develop a testnet, including the use of the authority test consent protocol.
Proof-of-Authority it is mostly similar to the Fist Proof consent algorithm, with the notable exception that the former requires physical identification of users. As a consequence, the systems of proof of authority are likely to be centralized.
Typically, the strength of a blockchain's security mechanism increases with an increase in the number of validators. The authority testing testnets have few validators, which means their networks are relatively easier to violate. This means that this consent algorithm is ideal for private networks rather than for decentralized public blockchains.
Till now, proof-of-dell & # 39; authorities it is functional across two Ethereum testnets, viz Rinkeby and Kovan. The two are not compatible with each other because their consent mechanisms vary slightly. Kovan uses Aura proof-of-authority, while Rinkeby use the Clique authority test.
The Ethereum blockchain has two important customers, Geth and Parity. Rinkeby is compatible exclusively with Geth while Kovan is compatible with Parity. The Görli testnet intends to solve this challenge by providing a solution that works smoothly on both Parity and Geth clients. This will allow developers to avoid having to create a testnet for a specific client.
As of now, the development team behind the Görli testnet has not announced the release date. Nonetheless, Scohedon indicated that the launch will be spontaneous. Initially, the Görli testnet it will be available for the Clique client. Compatibility with parity is expected to come in the near future.