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Kusama

The First Parachains Launch on Kusama

The first Kusama parachain slot auction has ended and the first parachains have successfully connected to the Kusama Relay Chain, delivering the last piece of core functionality outlined in the Polkadot whitepaper: purpose-built, interoperable parachains.

Kusama

Kusama Parachain Auctions

The first real-world functional parachain Statemine, began processing permissionless transactions after an on-chain upgrade last week. After some smooth running over the weekend, the time is coming to move to the next stage: slot auctions.

Polkadot

A Polkadot Postmortem - 24.05.2021

On 24 May 2021, Polkadot nodes failed with an out of memory (OOM) error on block 5,202,216. This block contained an on-chain solution to the validator election, which is normally computed off-chain and only takes place on-chain if no off-chain solution is submitted.

Parachains

The Launch of Parachains

The staged launch of Polkadot is about to reach another chapter. As we approach the launch of parachain functionality and the auctions and crowd-loans behind them, let’s look at what’s coming.

Substrate

Chainlink Makes Oracle Pallet Available to all Substrate, Polkadot and Kusama Chains

Since the last update, there has been significant development work completed on the Polkadot - Chainlink integration, culminating in Chainlink making their extensive collection of on-chain Price Feeds available as a Substrate oracle pallet.

Bridges

Polkadot Bridges - Connecting the Polkadot Ecosystem with External Networks

Web 3.0, the next generation of the internet, has been envisioned as a fully functional and user-friendly web where our identity and data is our own. Polkadot was created with the belief that no single blockchain can do everything; that rather, the future is multichain.

Parachains

System Parachains: An Introduction to Governance-Allocated Parachain Slots

The Polkadot network has a number of teams developing parachains, each optimized for its own domain. These parachains specialize in smart contracts, identity, DeFi, robotics, bridges, and more.

Polkadot

Polkadot 2020 Roundup

Despite being a tough year for pretty much everyone (with the possible exception of Amazon and takeaways), the Polkadot network and community is coming out of 2020 with the wind very much behind its sails. So now that we’ve reached the end of 2020, for better or worse, let’s have a roundup of what we achieved and what we’re planning to do over the course of 2021… I tend to start these roundups with a few statistics, and this year seems no exception. Development has continued apace, with the Rus

Parachains

Rococo V1  -  A Holiday Gift to the Polkadot Community

The Rococo-V1 Parachains Testnet is live. Rococo is a public testnet, maintained by Parity Technologies and the community, aimed towards testing both the parachains consensus process itself and parachains built by the community.

Validators

Supporting Decentralization: Join the Polkadot Thousand Validators Programme

Web3 Foundation has created a Thousand Validators Programme for Polkadot. Apply and follow the validator setup instructions, and you could be eligible to receive nominations from Web3 Foundation to help kickstart your Polkadot node.

Community

6 Ways You Can Get Involved in the Polkadot and Kusama Community

Discover the ways you can get involved in the Polkadot and Kusama community and meet some of the people already contributing in those areas today.

Polkadot

Bitcoin is Coming to Polkadot

In early 2021, Interlay will introduce Polkadot’s first trustless wrapped Bitcoin - PolkaBTC - an exciting step towards a truly interoperable ecosystem.