Cardano launches a new P2P testnet to boost decentralization

Cardano blockchain has launched a new peer-to-peer (P2P) testnet as part of the ongoing upgrades towards full decentralization.


Cardano blockchain has launched a new peer-to-peer (P2P) testnet as part of the ongoing upgrades towards full decentralization.
Cardano new P2P testnet | Image: Optimisus

Input-Output, the developer behind Cardano, posted a blog post saying that for the new testnet, they are working with a small group of pool operators to test the functionalities.


According to the company behind Cardano, there are almost 3,000 stake pools run by operators (SPOs) operating the distributed nodes that run the network. More so, the firm noted that the pool operators would configure their nodes for immediate interaction with each other ahead of full integration.

Note that the nodes need dedicated communication with each other, which affected the launch of the P2P capability. Specifically, the decentralization efforts result in the Ouroboros algorithm, which is the recent consensus algorithm in the Cardano blockchain.


In addition, Cardano's P2P functionality is still undergoing tests and will not be integrated into the network completely despite the launch. Therefore, the P2P powers are set to be incorporated in the Cardano-node master branch.


Further, IOHK added that the current system for communication between nodes on the Cardano network relies on files that describe the static configuration of the blockchain.


Furthermore, IOHK pointed that the network also leans on IOG that specified connectivity, which works as a hamper towards decentralization.