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IOTA releases important information on Pollen testnet update – a step towards decentralization

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by Sangeetha Golchha

IOTA has made a key announcement and this is about the release of the Pollen testnet update. The heavily anticipated feature will integrate new features triggered by the Internet of Technology or IoT-based distributed ledger technology platform as per an official update on its website. IOTA in the last few months have been oriented a lot of its energies to achieve full decentralization with its IOTA 2.0 mainnet. Now that the latest changes in the Pollen testnet have been made, it’s hard work reflects in it. 

What IOTA has done is to fix its most important concern of race condition concerning the messages DB. This was one of the major problems and errors that happened when two or more transactions happened at the same time on the network.

This gave way to a faulty protocol that also obscured and prevented the entries from missing messages and that also after they had been received from the other areas within the mainnet network. The best part is that IOTA has understood what was holding it back. It went on further to improve its auto-peering mechanism with the integration of an update that will add a specific version while also fixing updates to its APIs. By doing this, it will fix updates but also improvise by adding value tip-end points. The latest update will also feature the integration of the decentralized random number generator or dRNG to the mainnet for the very first time.

This module was recently tested by its vast community and met with success. The integration of the module is very essential as well as crucial at this juncture because it helps in easy resolution of such contradictory transactions by using the dRNG vote to segment them. This will also ensure that the consensus model becomes future-proof and resistant to attacks from the external forces. The soon to be released Pollen testnet will also reset the IOTA Tangle network which will encompass all balances as well as tokenized assets. 

IOTA has carved a niche for itself by being one of the top blockchain platforms. Its core strategic advantage lies in Tangle technology. The update it is planning to bring on its platform is a great move in the right direction for the organization and blockchain industry per se considering that it has come under criticism of running a centralized system four years after existence. Only to refresh your memory, IOTA also launched Chrysalis on August 19th, 2020. The upcoming release and launch of Pollen are the first out of the three phases planned to achieve decentralization. The other two phases named Nectar and Honey would apparently terminate into the actual mainnet launch.

Now that IOTA has taken the right steps,  they are still baby steps towards achieving what they want. In a way, it is positive that they have actioned on it, but to become fully decentralized means it still has a long way to go. In the coming time, it will be really interesting to see where this goes.