Zcash 1.1.1 to be Release

New update initially support for Sapling consensus rules 
31 May 2018   1096

The development team of Zcash introduced a new version of the software (1.1.1), containing some elements of the upcoming network update called Sapling. This is reported in the company's blog.

Before the Sapling upgrade scheduled for September of this year, on June 25, at block 347500, the Zcash protocol, called Overwinter, will be upgraded. The latter includes version control, replaying transactions protection for future upgrades, and an overall improvement in the "health" of transparent transactions. A completely new function of Overwinter is the expiration of transactions.

Sapling will support the configuration of the Powers of Tau parameters, which should significantly reduce the likelihood of problems and risks when installing applications using zkSNARK technology. Also, new important functions will be introduced, including the ability to issue custom tokens based on the Zcash blockchain. Also, Sapling will reduce the transaction confirmation time from 37 to 7 seconds, and the required amount of memory - from 3 GB to 40 MB. The original version of the software is called Sprout.

Zcash 1.1.1 involves updating the primary consensus rules needed to prepare for the launch of the Sapling test network.

1st Alternative Zcash Client to be Created by Parity

The responsibility for the continued development and support of the new client called Zebra will be with the Zcash Foundation
18 June 2019   243

The leading developer of solutions for the Ethereum ecosystem, Parity Technologies, presented the first alternative client for cryptocurrency Zcash.

A new client called Zebra is designed to improve the security of the Zcash network. So, if the original Zcashd client will not be able to operate for some reason, the blockchain will be supported by nodes on Zebra.

In addition, with the help of an alternative client, developers will be able to identify bugs and eliminate defects in consensus.

The community wins across the board, as there are now more core developers working on clients, with more interests represented and clients taking different approaches on how to build apps on top. Zcash can now boast a more diversified community that can effectively tailor experiences for Layer 2 developers as well as end-users.
 

Fredrik Harryson
CTO, Parity Technologies

The responsibility for the continued development and support of the Zebra will be with the Zcash Foundation.