ALICE Testnet Launch & Introducing Pion, the Canary Network!

Muon Joel
Muon
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3 min readJan 19, 2023

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Happy ALICE launch-day everyone! This milestone has been a long time coming for our dedicated Muonites, on the back of months of intense research and development. We can now mark the beginning of the most exciting period of Muon’s development, and share our work with the world!

On top of the launch information for ALICE, we are also pleased to be sharing further details of our network roadmap, which will culminate in the launch of the main Muon network! This pathway aims to scale network adoption (ie. nodes and apps), whilst simultaneously ensuring that the network can operate securely throughout.

ALICE Testnet is Live!

The Muon Testnet (aka ‘ALICE’) represents the testable state of the Muon project, and is designed for testing the functionality of Muon’s technical infrastructure on a large, public network without any risk to real funds. This means the ALICE token is only for experimental purposes and has no real market value. ALICE will allow both developers and users to experiment with features and capabilities of the network without the risk of financial loss. In addition, malfunctions and bugs can be found and fixed without the risk of a hack.

Anyone can now run a Testnet node on the ALICE network, and taking part is being additionally incentivized by a ‘node-drop’ (details on this below).

  • For ALICE node setup guides, click here.
  • Add your ALICE node to the network here.
  • For node technical support/questions, join the Discord here.
  • Read our brand new developers guide here.

Introducing Pion

To help securely scale Muon Network, we are introducing a canary network (aka ‘Pion Network’). The primary purpose of this network is to help scale the onboarding of node operators and integrating apps into Muon’s main network.

The Pion network is an actual network with a tradable token ($PION) that has a market value. This creates the most realistic testing environment possible for new projects who are looking to integrate into the Muon ecosystem. As Pion is a virtual copy of Muon, it is also able to bring into light any undetected potential risks or malfunctions before the main network’s release.

Look out for more details on Pion to come ahead of its launch!

Node-drop Incentives

To incentivize public nodes on the ALICE Testnet, all participating community members who run ALICE nodes will be eligible for one free node on the Pion network. This ‘node-drop’ means eligible users will receive the required collateral of (locked) $PION tokens to run a node, meaning they can operate a Pion node & receive network rewards for free, without needing to invest their own capital!

Note: running multiple ALICE nodes does NOT qualify users for multiple node-drops

In addition to this, participants in the $MUON presale will receive a node-drop of one or more Pion nodes, which will be based on a tiered system of how large a purchase was made in the presale (ie. more $MUON bought = more Pion nodes).

In short, the maximum economic benefit from the Pion network will be gained by those who purchased in the $MUON presale AND are running an ALICE Testnet node!

The launch of the $PION token will take place ahead of $MUON, with tokenomics and a fair-launch structure designed to entirely incentivize node operation (node-drop + node rewards). Stay tuned for more $PION and node-drop info to come!

Pion is the Muon ecosystem’s Canary and first mainnet. It is a chain-independent and stateless DON (Decentralized Oracle Network) that enables dApps to make their off-chain components decentralized. By incorporating Pion (by Muon), the manner in which decentralized applications store, process, and access data will be fundamentally transformed.

Run a Pion node.

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