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Zcash establishes road map for blockchain improvements in 2018

The zcash development team is planning a series of network upgrades for next year, according to a published roadmap today.

On the zcash blog, co-founder Zooko Wilcox and technology director Nathan Wilcox detailed two upgrades – "Overwinter" and "Sapling" – which were discussed in an updated roadmap more early this year. According to the post, the goal of next year's upgrades is to "upgrade performance, security and ease of use of zcash".

The first update, Overwinter, is scheduled for release in June 2018. By mail, this upgrade is intended to "make network upgrades safer for users even in the event of a conflict." of governance ". Although little enlightened about the details at the moment, the Wilcox said that the future details of the update would be published in an upcoming blog post.

The second, which will take place in September, is centered around its "Sapling" protocol, which aims to strengthen the capacity of armored cryptocurrency transactions oriented towards privacy.

Both wrote:

"Sapling will enable Sapling protocol update, providing time-and-magnitude improvements to shielded transactions, making mobile wallet support possible." largely worries about the risk of configuring parameters for zkSNARK applications (including other applications besides Zcash). "

The message concludes by suggesting that further upgrades could be in sight, including the functionality for smart contracts and the search for the face-off algorithm.

"The possibilities include scalability enhancements to allow for a virtually unlimited number of transactions, new consensus algorithms such as Proof-of-Stake, and private, scalable smart contracts," he writes.

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