Month at a Glance — March 2023
A breakdown of the latest happenings and significant milestones taking place within the Tezos ecosystem for the month of March 2023.
Originally published at Tezos Commons News
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Welcome to our latest issue of Month at a Glance where we give a quick breakdown of the latest happenings and significant milestones taking place within the Tezos ecosystem on a monthly cadence.
Like a repeating vinyl record, spinning over and over again, March 2023 was a big month in terms of continued network usage, integrations, and further adoption. It’s only a matter of time before these achievements unlock the next mass adoption by the masses.
Let’s break it all down.
Ecosystem Insights #
Mumbai is now LIVE! #
Protocol Mumbai, the 13th Tezos upgrade has been voted in by the Tezos community and activated. The upgrade itself was incredibly smooth and went without any hiccups. This is testament to past upgrades and how the core developers are progressing to make upgrades happen in a smoother fashion.
That said, Mumbai’s activation brings several new features to the Tezos network.
- Smart Rollups activation
- ZK Rollups
- Pipelining activation
- Tickets improvements
The work on pipelining is worth highlighting in particular. With this upgrade, the efforts toward pipelining are moving fast. This change decreased block times from 30 seconds to 15 seconds. Get ready for some speedy block times!
Nomadic Labs detailed these features in length in their blog post.
To summarize, in Kathmandu we first focused on applying this new validation discipline to manager operations — e.g. transactions and smart contract calls, which are the ones that consume the most resources. In Lima, we extended our scope to all operations supported by the Tezos economic protocol, and to how blocks are handled when nodes receive them. And now in Mumbai, pipelining is brought to the baker, so the block payload (smart contracts, etc.) is not executed before the proposed block is propagated — the block must only go through a lightweight validity check (see our previous discussions on pipelining for more details).
This has been the second time the Tezos network has reduced its block time via its on-chain governance. The first being witnessed in protocol Granada with the activation of Emmy* (from 60 seconds to 30 seconds). For a detailed breakdown of other features such as smart rollups and zk rollups, be sure to check out our post on Mumbai.
Tezos Gaming updates #
Games like Call of Duty or Fallout present a problem. All of the achievements and progress that you obtain in the game either get stored on a hard drive or a server that you do not own. The consequence of this is that you are bound by the will of whoever owns the hard drive or server and that they keep running the server or hard drive because if they decide to turn it off, then all the hard work you’ve done in the game will disappear.
Reclaiming that ownership of data or gameplay is a genuine problem. Luckily, blockchain enables a solution for just that in that the gameplay data or data in general lives on the blockchain, and as long as the blockchain is functioning then that data will never be lost. Even better, there are several teams in the Tezos ecosystem that are pioneering certain efforts to make Tezos a home for this web3 gaming revolution.
Just this month, we saw the release of Emergents TCG. It tops virtually any blockchain-based game in the space in terms of UX and UI that I’ve seen. I wrote about the game and took an in-depth review if you’d like to read up on it before you check it out!
News from the Tezos World #
The Tezos Foundation’s Biannual 2023 Report Has Been Released
The Tezos network saw significant growth in usage and value in 2022. As demonstrated by a recent report, network activity, measured by smart contract calls and transactions, saw year-over-year growth throughout the year. Read more about it here.
Naan 2.0.5 (Beta) is available on iOS & Android
Features include event widgets, tez price, Tezos Domains, an improved bottom sheet system, pull-to-refresh, show balances updates, and more.
Passport for Connected Car (PCC) via Eniblock on Tezos
PR: “Passport for Connected Car (PCC), is set to transform the automotive industry by providing a secure and transparent platform for managing vehicle data while ensuring compliance with GDPR regulations. The PCC project, funded by the Tezos Foundation grants program, is a collaborative effort between IRT SystemX, Tezos Foundation, Eniblock, and a consortium of leading automotive actors.”
Marigold announces TzSafe
TzSafe is a multi-sig wallet for better assurance of security and management of digital asset ownership. Learn more about the new multi-sig wallet here.
Sign-in-with-Tezos is now Live!
The StakeNow team has recently released Sign-in-with-Tezos (SIWT), allowing users to log in to web3 applications with their Tezos wallet.
AltMe and Altra.House Announces Strategic Partnership to Revolutionize Real-Estate Tokenization
PR: “AltMe, a leading self-sovereign identity wallet, and Altra.House, a pioneering real-estate tokenization platform, are thrilled to announce a strategic partnership to enhance and streamline the real-estate tokenization process.”
Onepoint becomes a corporate baker
PR: “Involved in the blockchain ecosystem since 2017 and particularly in foodtech and finance, onepoint has notably accompanied in their development players such as IZNES, LiquidShare and Société Générale-Forge. Committed to better education on Blockchain technology, onepoint experts host numerous conferences alongside their clients and partners (Carrefour, Engie TEO, La Maison du Bitcoin or SolarCoin).”
- TezTalks Live #59: Stables
- Reddit Community Call — March 6th
- Tuesday TezDay — March 7th
- TezTalks Radio #55: Crypto Mermaids with Gretchen Andrews
- TezTalks Live #60: Wert.io
- Reddit Community Call — March 13
- Tuesday TezDay — March 14
- TezTalks Radio #56: Building the Tezos Art Ecosystem with Valerie Whitacre
- Paris Blockchain week — March 20-24
- Tuesday TezDay — March 21
- Blockchain Evolved Show #1 — Adaptive inflation and cobaking with Nicolas Ochem
- Blockchain Evolved Show #2 — Bridging assets to Tezos with Bernd and Omalviya from Plenty Network
- Tuesday TezDay — March 28
- Blockchain Evolved Show #3 — Tezos “Smart Optimistic Rollups” (SORUs) with Nomadic Labs!
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