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Introduces Support for Multiple Full, RPC, and Collator Nodes.

Boston, MA – December 14, 2020 – PureStake, the company that develops the Moonbeam smart contract platform, announced today a new version of its TestNet, Moonbase Alpha. This upgrade incorporates new capabilities that allow the accessibility of multiple collators to the network to increase its resilience and security.

Moonbeam is an Ethereum-compatible smart contract platform on the Polkadot network that makes it easy to create multi-chain applications. By minimizing the changes required to run existing Solidity smart contracts, Ethereum devs can replicate their dApps and implement them in Moonbeam using familiar developer tools like MetaMask, Truffle, and Remix, among others.

This effort is the latest in a series of upgrades since the Moonbase Alpha launch in September. As the Parity team prepares to support parachains on Polkadot, the Moonbeam team has been working in parallel to integrate, test, and deploy new code in advance of a parachain slot auction.

The Moonbeam team has made exciting improvements to its TestNet, upgrading to the latest Parity Cumulus version in preparation for upcoming parachain auctions. This update opens the door to support multiple types of nodes on the network, including full nodes, RPC nodes, and collators.  The upgrade will positively impact the network’s decentralization and resilience and is an essential step towards Moonbeam’s network launch. Additionally, Moonbase Alpha v4 contains other exciting updates:

  • Improved revert functionality and messages.
  • Better and more accurate GAS fee estimation.
  • Enhanced transaction status reporting.  

The complete list of updates included in the Moonbase Alpha v4 can be found here

Moonbeam Alpha was created for development purposes; the engineering team will continue to develop and improve it. More information on Moonbase Alpha, including the features currently available, can be found on the project documentation site.

Learn how to get started by joining our Discord or visiting the project website: moonbeam.network.

About the Moonbeam Network

Moonbeam is an Ethereum-compatible smart contract platform on the Polkadot network that makes it easy to build natively interoperable applications. This Ethereum compatibility allows developers to deploy existing Solidity smart contracts and DApp frontends to Moonbeam with minimal changes. As a parachain on the Polkadot network, Moonbeam will benefit from the shared security of the Polkadot relay chain and integrations with other chains that are connected to Polkadot. Currently, in active development by PureStake, Moonbeam is expected to reach MainNet by early 2021. Learn more: https://moonbeam.network/

About PureStake

PureStake’s team has extensive experience building technology companies and complex software platforms. Led by Derek Yoo, former Fuze Founder, and CTO, PureStake provides protocol implementation services and creates developer tools for next-generation blockchain networks. Learn more: https://www.purestake.com/.

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