NEM to Launch Closed Beta of Catapult Blockchain Engine

Closed engine's preview for developers will demonstrate the technology, which will first be used in private networks, and then in the public blockchain of NEM
26 March 2018   521

NEM Foundation, the developers of the NEM P2P platform and Tech Bureau announced the launch of a closed beta testing of the Catapult engine, also known as Mijin v.2. Partners, customers and individual community developers will be able to participate in it, according to a press release.

It is planned that a closed engine's preview for developers will demonstrate the technology, which will first be used in private networks, and then in the public blockchain of NEM. The creators also noted "unique smart contract plugins that allow you to create bulletproof digital asset creation, decentralized swaps, advanced account systems and business logic modeling."

Beta-testing Catapult will take place in three stages:

  • Phase 1: Catapult Developer Preview and SDK release
  • Phase 2: Evaluation release of Catapult Core Engine
  • Phase 3: Dual-licensing of Catapult in both Open Source and Commercial licenses

We’re proud to partner with Tech Bureau, as we believe the new Catapult blockchain technology platform is the future standard for mainstream enterprise and organizational infrastructures. Catapult is more than just an improvement to the NEM Blockchain. It is an industry milestone that opens up new capabilities for blockchain database functionality.

Lon Wong

President, Foundation

In addition to improving speed and scalability, Catapult will also offer aggregated transactions and accounts with multi-level multi-signatures. According to the developers, such a functional was not previously presented in any of the existing blockchains.

Asian Cryptotrading: Top Altcoin is Stellar Lumens (XLM)

During the morning’s Asian trading session Stellar Lumens has become leading-the-way altcoin at present
18 April 2018   121

It has begun the market correction. Morning’s Asian trading session is led once again by Bitcoin which has lost 1% on the day dropping back under $8,000 once again. This fact has trailed most of the altcoins down with it, albeit marginally. One seem to be doing much better than the rest this morning and leading the way at the moment is Stellar Lumens.

According to Coinmarketcap`s report, an 11% gains for XLM during the morning’s trading in Asia. Other altcoins are mostly marginally up or down but very few are showing double numeric gains. Stellar is currently trading at $0.31 up from $0.28 this time yesterday, over the week it has gained 55% from $0.20 the same time last Wednesday. The monthly illustration is even more colorful with Stellar rising over 85% from its low of $0.167 on March 18. In a difference from Bitcoin, XLM is up 12% on the day to 3920 satoshis from 3500 sats this time yesterday. During the past week Stellar has earned 34% against BTC from 2925 satoshis the same time last week.

Stellar charts
Stellar Lumens charts

Momentum has been largely operated by general positive market mood for all cryptocurrencies over the past week as well. Those that had the substantial losses such as Lumens and Cardano seem to have rebounded faster as traders and investors shared up on them at low prices. Many build problems and hackathons announced on their Twitter have kept the community busy and recently the altcoin was listed on Coindirect and Buybit. 

This morning the most of trade in Asia has been on Binance which commands 30% of the total volume. South Korean’s have been involved in it also as Upbit and Gopax are second and third with trade in KRW. General XLM volume has grown over the past 24 hours by over 60% to $121 million. Stellar has continued to be steady in the top ten for some time now and is currently 8th position with a market cap of $5.7 billion. 

Total crypto market cap has kept stable over the past day and at present sits at about  $326 billion. Other Asian trading`s solid altcoins include Nem, Bytecoin and Steem.

Stellar Lumens price at the moment of press: $0,318381
24h volume: $116 864 000
Market cap: $5 911 936 081