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Dominik Schiener, Co-founder and Co-chair of the Board of Directors, IOTA Foundation, commented on the initiative: “We are honored to be part of this long-term research project and are grateful to the Christian Doppler Gesellschaft and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Digital and Economic Affairs for acknowledging and supporting the enormous potential of Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology towards building a more transparent, trusted and connected economy. Together with the world-leading academic institution TU Wien and Pantos as a cutting-edge technology provider, we will jointly focus on the interoperable transfer of digital assets and trusted Internet of Things while expanding our footprint in Austria specifically.”
About the TU Wien:TU Wien was founded in 1815 as Imperial-Royal Polytechnical Institute. It was the first University of Technology within present-day German-speaking Europe. Today, the university finds high international and domestic recognition in teaching as well as in research and is a highly esteemed partner of innovation-oriented enterprises. CDL-BOT is established at TU Wien’s Faculty of Informatics, which is one of the leading faculties of Computer Science and Information Systems in Europe. Among other research topics, the Faculty of Informatics also hosts a number of leading researchers in the field of DLTs and blockchains — both with regard to fundamental and applied research. Results from this research have recently been awarded the Best Paper Award at the 3rd IEEE International Conference on Blockchain.
The CDL-BOT is a long-term research project expected to run for seven years, employing several postdoctoral and doctoral students under the supervision of Prof. Stefan Schulte. For the IOTA Foundation, the setup of this project is uniquely geared not only to expand research on the IOTA Tangle and its applications in the Internet of Things itself but also to look beyond the IOTA protocol in order to further the European DLT ecosystem. This requires novel mechanisms to enable DLT interoperability ranging from cross-blockchain token transfers or atomic swaps to cross-blockchain smart contract invocation and interaction, as well as providing client-side blockchain interoperability through developer support.
Prof. Stefan Schulte, who is leading the newly established lab remarked:“With the rising number of potential application areas for DLT-based payments and data exchange in the Internet of Things, new DLTs have to be integrated, and interoperability between different DLTs becomes necessary. I am looking forward to doing joint research with the IOTA Foundation and Pantos in order to find novel solutions to this highly topical topic.”
The Chrysalis phase 1 components were deployed to mainnet in August. The engineering team is now working on Chrysalis phase 2.
Last week, the Bee team successfully connected a Bee node to Hornet nodes on the Chrysalis testnet. This allowed the team to successfully test synchronization between the nodes.
The team is updating the network protocol, with tweaks on the ledger and snapshot implementation.
An endpoint for sending messages remains to be implemented from the new API.
Moving crates to the main Bee repository.
The upcoming focus will be largely on documentation, testing, and auditing the necessary crates.
Progressing on refactoring gossip, tangle, and snapshot plug-ins.
Reset the internal Chrysalis testnet on the addition of network IDs to the message layout.
MQTT websocket implementation added.
Added delta snapshot import and export functionality.