Cardano blockchain continues to advance into an established network with each passing day. The latest exciting development is that Cardano has advanced from Alonzo Blue to Alonzo White, bringing the network closer to the smart contracts era.
The new development was shared a couple of hours ago via the official Twitter handle of Input Output Global (IOG), the software firm behind the development of Cardano (ADA).
According to the report, the Alonzo testnet has been successfully forked to the new Alonzo White node, stating that the new network is already making blocks as expected.
IOG tweeted, “HARD FORK SUCCESSFUL: Delighted to report around 19.44 UTC today we successfully forked the Alonzo testnet to the new Alonzo White node. The new network is happily making blocks already.”
— Input Output (@InputOutputHK) July 14, 2021
This has been regarded as a great development by the Cardano community members that expect the emerging smart contract platform to start challenging the stern rival, Ethereum, in a couple of months’ time.
In the thread of tweets, IOG pointed out that the way is getting clearing for the much-awaited Goguen era, which is expected to usher in smart contracts functionality on Cardano.
“Over the past week, we have spun up a new network and onboarded our new intake ready to help us move us closer to smart contracts. Now the next stage of the journey begins.
“As well as our core SPO group, we’re now joined by members of the Project Catalyst crew and more Plutus partners. Plus a few more Pioneers to move us forward before opening up further. You can hear more about the journey in our mid-month update – landing Friday.
“We’ll monitor the new network closely over the next 24 hours while continuing to do further QA work on the node tonight. We’ll then review any feedback/results tomorrow and start addressing any required fixes. We expect a number of updates as we add features to Alonzo White.
“Thanks as ever to all our Alonzo testnet volunteers helping us on the journey to Cardano smart contracts! Onwards!”
What to Expect After Alonzo White Phase
Alonzo is expected to go fully public after the White phase, which is known as Alonzo Purple. This implies that it will become available to all stake pool operators (SPOs) and pioneers.