Release of The Algorand Rollup (A1) Public Testnet

What is Algorand?

Algorand is a proof-of-stake blockchain that was founded by MIT professor Silvio Micali. It operates with instant finality using a three step process, including two votes by committee, to provide exceptionally quick block finalization times. So long as a supermajority of the stake supporting the network is in non-malicious hands then the protocol can tolerate malicious actors.

What is a Rollup?

A rollup is a scaling and interoperability solution for Layer 1 blockchains that, unlike sidechains, inherit security properties of the Layer 1 blockchain they are built on top of. Rollups are effectively “chains on top of chains” which maintain their own ecosystem of dApps and smart contracts. Rollups can use the currency of the Layer 1 as their base currency or “alternatively” other tokens.

Why is This Significant?

The deployment of this rollup marks the one of the first times a rollup has been deployed outside of the Ethereum ecosystem. This is a big cause for celebration as it shows this great piece of technology can impact numerous ecosystems across the crypto space! Our rollup also allows developers to write smart contracts for Algorand in Solidity, the world’s most popular language for smart contracts.

How Can You Connect To the A1 Rollup Testnet?

The user experience for using the A1 rollup testnet will be exactly the same as for users of C1, facilitated through the familiar Milkomeda Bridge. If you’ve already connected to our C1 sidechain then you will have been through this process before.

Find out more about Milkomeda

Milkomeda: Website

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