Golem issues update and Testnet release

The Golem team has issued the following update:

Golem and the Road to Brass

It has been a while since our last significant communication. While it could be said that we have perhaps been a little too quiet, in fact a lot has happened, with far more either imminently transpiring or being readied. With the Brass release of Golem inching ever-closer, finally we will be emerging from “heads down” mode to communicate more publicly about our progress and our plans. In this post, I would like to tell you more about both where we are, and where we are headed for the next couple of months, as we travel jubilantly along the Road to Brass Golem.
Development progress

Golem’s core has made tremendous strides over the last months. Importantly, every day we come closer to an acceptably scalabe testnet. While much of it is not yet visible, we will soon switch to testnet GNT (tGNT) on Ropsten, which will allow testing transactions on Golem network in conditions as close to production environment as possible before switching to Ethereum mainnet.

Good news to Apple fans: In short order, we will also have working macOS builds to compliment those already available on Linux and Windows. We apologize for the delay on these, we have certainly heard your requests loud and clear.

Given the number of storage-oriented projects in the decentralization/peer-to-peer world, it may seem surprising that one of Golem’s remaining unsolved issues is the resource-sharing mechanism. Unfortunately, what works for storage does not necessarily work for efficient file transfer. We’ll offer a more detailed explanation of this in a separate blog post, but what is clear for us now is that this area still needs a lot of research. For example, while IPFS has truly brain-melting long-term potential, we are having some difficulty in getting it to play well with Golem’s model. Meanwhile, we are working on concurrent solutions, which is one of the reasons we have not scaled up testnet just yet: At present, we have not decided which will make it to release along with IPFS. Certainly this will be subject to heavy debate and testing, so if you are a testnet user, don’t be surprised if some data is lost in transfer over the next few weeks — you have been warned!

A growing team

In the December update, I have presented three new developers. In the last few weeks, Muhammed Tanrıkulu has also joined us as frontend developer.

But we’re not done. Two more developers will join within the next few weeks, and two more will most likely join within next few months. We’ll make formal introductions in future updates.