The reasons why they are an important milestone in our roadmap. the Pi Node app has been installed by more than 200,000 pioneers, 60,000 of which are active every day. We have also recently released Pi Node v0.3.4. This is a big milestone because it is the first version that enables a set of selected pioneers to follow the Pi TestNet blockchain.
Pi TestNet Blockchain Latest Version
The latest version is now v0.3.6, and this version makes more internal stats visible to users some node availability stats, some internal data about the blockchain component, and finally some troubleshooting information. Building v0.3.4 was a big chunk of work. as we went through more than 10 test iterations with community moderators and voluntary testers before releasing it to the general public.
Due to its nature, the blockchain component has caused a fair number of compatibility issues with various devices and various operating systems. Our goal remains what it has always been making the interface as user-friendly as possible and eliminate as many issues as possible before we make a release available to the general public. We are still focused on user-centric design.
We want to emphasize what you care about as a pioneer and reduce the technical complexity for a majority of users. This is in line with our goal of building the most widely distributed and most user-friendly digital currency. Right now, all node users can upgrade to the latest version.
However, for technical reasons, we are not releasing the blockchain component to everyone. We are gradually making it available to users, on a rolling basis. We have invited over a hundred node candidates, and we will be inviting more Pioneers to start following the Pi TestNet blockchain in the upcoming weeks.
It will be available to you very soon. Our goal is to eventually enable all Node candidates to turn on the blockchain component and follow the Pi TestNet blockchain.
what is the TestNet?
The Pi TestNet is a full implementation of the Pi blockchain, but it is using a test currency. Whatever you do on the TestNet does not impact your real Pi balance shown on the app.
The purpose of the TestNet is to validate that the consensus algorithm works in real conditions, before moving on to the real deal, called the Mainnet. The next session will cover that part in greater detail.
Now, what does it mean to “follow the TestNet”? What it means is that these latest versions of the node app enable a user to join the network, and locally record and validate the state of the Pi blockchain in real-time.
However, those nodes are not receiving connections from other nodes. That will be part of the SuperNode role. The next session will dive deeper into the specifics of the Pi TestNet deployment, and how we’re planning to gradually move from the current system towards the Mainnet.