Nano’s Universal Block “Canary” milestone has been reached
Universal Block, a protocol where every block is the same has been released for Nano currency. The release update was tweeted by Colin LeMahieu, the founder of Nano.
This new Universal Block protocol upgrade increases the efficiency of the Nano’s network, helps improve security and simplifies code needed to construct a block for developers and exchange.
What is Universal Block?
Universal block canary has been released! Check your services to see if they’re handling them correctly and let us know of any issues.
— Colin LeMahieu (@ColinLeMahieu) May 20, 2018
Previously the Nano network had four different kind of blocks – open, change, send and receive – each one a little different from other but without any real need for it. With Universal Block, all these four block types will be consolidated into one block. This increases the efficiency of the network.
The Universal Block phase begins with the special “Canary” hash generated to kick off the Universal Block. Once an account produces a Universal Block, it will only produce Universal Block going forward.
The Canary phase will be rolled out in two phases:
- Parse Canary – This phase will enable parsing of Universal Blocks and give an opportunity for anyone manually constructing the old kind to upgrade their generation process.
- Generate Canary – his phase will enable default generation of Universal Blocks by the node and will be rolled out a period of time after the parse canary after more of the network has migrated and updated.
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