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Kusama Batch 2 Auctions Report
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Kusama Batch 2 Auctions Report

This is the second report on Kusama’s parachain auctions. It follows a similar format as the first, however detailed explanations about the candle mechanism applied in the auctions are left out because they were discussed in the first report....

Rococo Revamp – Becoming a Community Parachain Testbed
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Rococo Revamp – Becoming a Community Parachain Testbed

Rococo has come a long way over its short life. It is now ready to evolve into a decentralized, community maintained network....

Introducing Polkadot & Kusama Gifts: The Easiest Way to Send DOT & KSM to Friends & Family
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Introducing Polkadot & Kusama Gifts: The Easiest Way to Send DOT & KSM to Friends & Family

Introducing Polkadot and Kusama Gifts, the easiest Way to send DOT and KSM to Friends and Family. Polkadot and Kusama Gifts are a new way to send DOT or KSM to anyone, even if they don’t already have an account or wallet....

Polkadot Is Ready for Parachain Launch, Auction Dates Proposed
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Polkadot Is Ready for Parachain Launch, Auction Dates Proposed

Parachains are now officially ready for launch on Polkadot and the auction schedule has been proposed. The news that Polkadot is now technically capable of supporting its first parachains....

XCM Part III: Execution and Error Management
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XCM Part III: Execution and Error Management

The third article on XCM takes a deeper look into its underlying design and execution model. Since XCM is based around the instruction set of the XCVM, a very high-level virtual machine, this amounts to becoming familiar with this machine architecture....

XCM Part II: Versioning and Compatibility
Polkadot
XCM Part II: Versioning and Compatibility

Polkadot founder Gavin Wood inspects one interesting aspect of XCM in-depth: how XCM can change over time without introducing breakage between the very networks it is meant to connect....

XCM: The Cross-Consensus Message Format
Polkadot
XCM: The Cross-Consensus Message Format

This primer on XCM, Polkadot's inter-chain messaging format is the first in a series of articles explaining what it does, how it works, how to use it, and what it could become....

Kusama’s First Batch of Parachains: An Interview with the Teams
Kusama
Kusama’s First Batch of Parachains: An Interview with the Teams

This blog contains information provided by the projects Karura, Moonriver, Shiden, Khala, and Bifrost, in order of when they won their parachain slot. Discover what network each does, their achievements so far, and the phases ahead on their respective roadmaps....

Participating in Crowdloans on Kusama and Polkadot
Polkadot
Participating in Crowdloans on Kusama and Polkadot

By Bill Laboon, Director of Education and Community at Web3 Foundation Parachains are the diverse layer-1 blockchains that run in parallel on...

Kusama Parachain Auctions: Second Batch
Kusama
Kusama Parachain Auctions: Second Batch

The first batch of 5 parachain slot auctions on Kusama were completed successfully over the course of June and July. Here are our recommendations for rolling out the next batch of Parachain Auctions after the interim period of monitoring for liveness and stability....

Making History: An Overview of the First Five Parachain Slot Auctions on Kusama
Polkadot
Making History: An Overview of the First Five Parachain Slot Auctions on Kusama

This post provides important background information on the candle auctions and crowdloan mechanisms for these slots and recaps what happened during the first five auctions....

Network Stability Report: Kusama With Parachains
Kusama
Network Stability Report: Kusama With Parachains

We’ve monitored the Kusama network for stability after the first 5 parachain auctions. We’ve sampled metrics from opt-in validators to gather the information in Prometheus and Grafana for this report....

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