12th May 2023
2 min read

Introducing Mainsail: ARK Ecosystem's Next-Generation Blockchain Engine

Hello ARK Community,

We’re thrilled to announce a significant evolution in our journey towards a more robust, reliable, and open blockchain ecosystem. As we constantly strive to enhance our technology and its potential, we are rebranding our core blockchain engine - formerly known as “ARK Core” - to “Mainsail”.

Why Mainsail?

The Mainsail of a ship is its driving force, guiding it towards its destination with strength and efficiency. It’s an apt metaphor for what we envision this upgrade to be: the driving force behind our blockchain, directing our technology towards a future of enhanced security, reliability, and community involvement.

Enhanced Consensus Engine for Better Finality

At the heart of this transformation will be our newly reworked consensus engine. Mainsail will be powered by a system inspired by Tendermint, designed to provide stronger finality, eliminate dangerous rollbacks, and greatly improve our fork-recovery mechanism. This represents a significant stride towards a more secure and reliable blockchain.

Modular, TypeScript Based, Layer 1 Blockchain Protocol

Continuing ARK’s tradition of leading-edge technology, Mainsail, like its predecessor ARK Core, is a fully modular, TypeScript-based Layer 1 blockchain protocol. This means our technology will continue to be highly flexible, customizable, and forward-compatible, ready to meet the evolving needs of the blockchain world.

Open Source and Free for All

We’ve always believed in the power of community and the philosophy of shared knowledge. In keeping with this belief, we’re excited to announce that Mainsail will be completely open-source, available under the GPL license. This ensures that not only is our core layer 1 blockchain engine free and open source to all without limitation, but any derivative works will also be copyleft protected, following the same open license.

By doing this, we’re inviting developers, researchers, and enthusiasts around the world to join us, contribute, and help shape the future of the ARK Ecosystem. Together, we can set a new standard for blockchain technology.

This is a thrilling new chapter in our journey, and we can’t wait to see where it takes us. Thank you for your continued support and belief in our vision.

Stay tuned for more updates on Mainsail as we set sail on this new adventure!

To learn more about Mainsail and follow our progress, visit Mainsail on GitHub .


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