Nightshade | NEAR Update July 1, 2019

July 1, 2019

We deployed a test version of Nightshade, our new consensus model, and have been working to integrate it into the rest of our codebase.

Rafiki holding baby Simba. It is time

This all happened while Illia was behind the Great Firewall, managing to both contribute code and give presentations to Chinese audiences on NEAR in collaboration with the Web3 foundation. On the ecosystem side, we have been heads down preparing some future programs to be announced soon.

We announced the winner of our DWeb Camp ticket giveaway, who won with an idea for a decentralized VPN (Well done Grace!).


We are gearing up for another hackathon, and some other (secret!) programs for those who want to get more involved with NEAR, so stay tuned for updates in the coming weeks.

  • Alex gave a talk on usability and scalability at IBM’s Blockchain Developer Summit []
  • By the time this goes out, Max will have given a talk on using Rust to build smart contracts at RustLab in Florence, Italy
  • Illia presented a workshop to the Denver blockchain community 
  • Illia is back from China, and will be back in China again presenting at a Proof of Stake conference on July 10th 


We had a relatively light couple of weeks publishing content. You can check out these new whiteboard series videos and a tour of the economics model we’re implementing.


We’ve had 39 PRs across 10 repos and 10 authors in the last two weeks. Featured repos: nearcore, nearlib, near-shell, and near-wallet. Don’t forget, it’s all open source.

  • Recently streamlined our release process
  • App Layer
    • Updates across all libraries for Nightshade merge
    • Added advanced access keys in core
  • near-shell
    • Updated syntax
  • Wallet
    • Bug fixes and UI improvements
  • Blockchain
    • First version of staking is complete and currently being tested
    • Deployed test version Nightshade, our new model consensus
    • Chunks for sharding are underway in a ~1800 line PR
    • Proper validators tracking and rotation between epochs (commit).
    • Shard chunks proper signature and merkle proofs validation (commit)
    • Tests for cross-shard transactions (commit)


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