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Oasis Network Announces First Major Mainnet Upgrade and Launches Parcel SDK for Developers to Build More Powerful DApps

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Developer ready, Oasis’s upgrade featuring a new suite of tools is now live on the network

The Oasis Foundation, an organization supporting the development of the Oasis Network and its ecosystem, announced the successful deployment of the first major upgrade to the Oasis Network. Codenamed ‘Cobalt’, this community-led upgrade brings powerful new tools for ParaTime and DApp developers. With this upgrade, Oasis is also announcing the launch of the Parcel SDK, a privacy-first data governance SDK that distills years of privacy research and expertise into an easy-to-use solution.

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Founded with a vision of making privacy available to everyone, Oasis is building a new class of technologies that are able to protect the most sensitive data. By using Parcel SDK, developers can easily analyze data in a privacy-preserving environment, and unlock data that was previously too regulated or risky to use. Parcel is an extremely powerful tool and the SDK is already being used in partnership with Binance, BMW and Nebula Genomics among other organizations.

“We’re excited to announce two major developments of the Oasis ecosystem, both furthering our mission of creating a responsible data economy and putting more control into the hands of everyday users,” said Jernej Kos, Director of Oasis Protocol Foundation. “Designed specifically for developers, Oasis now offers a suite of tools to create and deploy powerful applications which is helping to bridge the gap between complex privacy solutions and the everyday app developer.”

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‘Cobalt Upgrade’ marks an important milestone for the Oasis Network, as it sets the foundation for unlocking the network’s full decentralized finance (DeFi) capabilities. This upgrade comes with a host of features including increased security and performance, as well as strengthened governance mechanisms and more decentralization.

Network enhancement highlights include:

  • Light Clients and Checkpoint Sync in order to make bootstrapping of new network nodes much faster.

  • Random Beacon Support provides security for ParaTimes with an open admission policy.

  • On-Chain Governance provides a simple framework for submitting governance proposals, validators voting on proposals, and once an upgrade proposal passes, having a way to perform the upgrade in a controlled manner, which minimizes downtime.

  • ROSE Transfers Between the Consensus Layer and ParaTimes. This also means that ParaTimes get their own accounts in the consensus layer which can hold and transfer tokens.

  • A path towards self-governing ParaTimes extending ParaTime governance options.

  • The validator pool will also increase from 80 to100, helping further secure the Oasis Consensus Layer while also increasing decentralization.

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