Cardano aims to provide a benchmark for scaling solutions with Mithril. Roman Pellerin, Chief Technology Officer at IOG posted an update saying that the Cardano node can be bootstrapped through a Mithril snapshot in just a few minutes.
For those new, a bootstrapping node also referred to as a rendezvous host, is a node in an overlay network that gives newly joining nodes initial configuration information so they can successfully join the overlay network.
Due to the dynamically changing identities and configurations of member nodes in decentralized peer-to-peer [P2P] networks, bootstrapping nodes are most frequently found in these networks.
In order for freshly joined nodes to successfully join the network and access resources like shared content, the bootstrapping node’s goal is to provide them with the necessary configuration information.
Similarly in the Cardano network, thousands of nodes are linked together into a single, integrated system where they communicate with one another to provide information about new blocks and transactions.
Because each node has a complete copy of the blockchain, synchronizing nodes takes longer because every new node must download and validate every block.
Cardano’s Mithril Will Soon Integrate Into Wallets & Light Clients
Mithril intends to dramatically reduce node synchronization time by using the present network to provide certified snapshots of all or part of the blockchain state.
As per a recent announcement, the IOG team is now optimizing and testing the first centralized version of the Mithril network to incorporate Mithril into wallets and light clients.
Since Mithril became open source, the team has continued to work on the new release method and the certification of SPOs registering in the Mithril network, as was noted in the most recent IOG weekly update. Pioneer SPOs are now being used to run the Mithril test environment.
In order to expand the number of decentralized applications on the network, Cardano’s founding organization, Emurgo, will invest $200 million in the Cardano ecosystem over the next three years. Ken Kodoma, the creator of Emurgo, stated this while discussing the network’s future speaking at the Token 2049 conference.
To support and facilitate their growth, the cash package will be distributed among a few chosen blockchain-based projects. Developers outside the Cardano ecosystem who work on projects that link the Cardano network to an external blockchain will also have access to the cash.