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New Cardano cryptographic primitives to bring greater interoperability and secure, cross-chain DApp development

To make it easier for developers to build cross-chain applications, Input Output Global (IOG) is adding new built-in functions to Plutus to support ECDSA and Schnorr signatures

19 January 2023 Tim Harrison 4 mins read

New Cardano cryptographic primitives to bring greater interoperability and secure, cross-chain DApp development

Cryptography ensures trust and security in blockchain settings and different blockchains use different cryptographic signature methods. Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm (ECDSA) and Schnorr signatures are two popular signature schemes used in blockchain platforms. Bitcoin and Ethereum, among other cryptographic systems, use ECDSA. Schnorr signatures, originally…

Announcing IO ScotFest: the age of Voltaire

Join IOG to celebrate Cardano’s achievements and find out more about the future plans

4 November 2022 Tim Harrison 4 mins read

Announcing IO ScotFest: the age of Voltaire

Edinburgh – Scotland’s capital and the birthplace of Cardano’s Ouroboros protocol – will be the venue for IO ScotFest: the age of Voltaire this month. Hosted at the city’s famous university on November 18th and 19th, the Input Output Global (IOG) team will live-stream speeches, presentations, project updates, and announcements from a special virtual event to celebrate Cardano…

Vasil: what to expect

Increased functionality, performance & scalability; find out what the Vasil upgrade will bring to Cardano

16 September 2022 Tim Harrison 10 mins read

Vasil: what to expect

We’re now a little under one week away from the deployment of the Vasil upgrade, which significantly improves and enhances Cardano's capabilities. New Plutus v2 features and enhancements will enable DApp developers to create novel and exciting experiences, while diffusion pipelining unlocks the potential for greater throughput and network capacity.

Vasil preparations have been underway for some time across the entire Cardano ecosystem. The core engineering teams at IOG and the Cardano Foundation, SPOs, DApp developers, and exchanges have performed intensive testing and integration efforts, with positive results. A joint IOG/Cardano Foundation team will use the hard fork combinator to deploy Vasil at…

Cardano’s approaching Vasil upgrade: what to expect

The Vasil upgrade will bring increased functionality, performance, scalability, and interoperability to Cardano through new features and improvements

4 July 2022 Tim Harrison 9 mins read

Cardano’s approaching Vasil upgrade: what to expect

The Vasil upgrade will bring significant performance and capability enhancements to Cardano. The network has seen consistent incremental improvements over the past couple of years – and the launch of NFT, multi-asset and smart contract capability in 2021 – but put simply, Vasil is the most significant network upgrade since the deployment of staking via Shelley.

In June, the node…

From node enhancement to block leadership… Cardano’s February release

In 2022 we’re grouping multiple code releases to improve delivery predictability for the ecosystem. Here’s what’s coming in our first major update of 2022

28 February 2022 Tim Harrison 4 mins read

From node enhancement to block leadership… Cardano’s February release

Following the deployment of smart contract capabilities with the Alonzo update, Cardano is now focused on performance optimization and scalability. We’re now starting to see a diverse range of decentralized applications (DApps) and exchanges (DEXs) launch, with many more to come over the months ahead. 2022 is the year when Cardano starts evolving into a platform to provide…