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The Oyster team is proud to announce that the Oyster Mainnet is now live! Users can now host their files using the Oyster Mainnet.

The Oyster Mainnet web interface can be accessed here.

The Oyster team will be supplying the PRL to be used in the open beta of the Oyster Mainnet. Thus, for the time being, users will be able to store their files on the Oyster protocol for free.

We are happy to announce that we have begun beta testing the revenue generation side of the protocol with many different beta testers. The combined monthly unique users of all our beta testers are over two million, ensuring that there will be plenty of web traffic to test the resilience of Oyster’s back-end.

As we mentioned in a previous post, there is a temporary limit for uploaded files on the protocol. This limit is currently set at 5 MB per file. This file size limit is significantly higher than the threshold featured in both Oyster testnets, and our development team has done an incredible job pushing the infrastructure of the Tangle to accept file uploads of this magnitude.

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At 5MB, the Mainnet file upload limit is 25 times greater than the file size limit of the Oyster testnets.

We previously mentioned that the file size limit would be 25MB per file. Due to the 11th hour bugs the development team ran into that ultimately delayed the May 29th launch, the file limit was reduced to 5MB per file. We want to ensure our community that this file size limit will only increase over time, as the development team already has several plans ready to alleviate the limit. Currently, the development team is working on adapting the IRI to accept a higher throughput of transactions in order to push the file limit higher. We will provide further communication regarding this progress as information is made available.

To stay consistent with our previous transparency with the community, below we will outline the reason why the file limit exists. Using our current method of client-to-broker communication, we’ve realized some inefficiencies in the way we’re processing data with MySQL. We are currently refactoring the database access and storage methods to eliminate the bottlenecks, and we are confident the client side interface will become even faster and more responsive in the near future. Now that the Mainnet is live, and the open beta of the protocol has begun, the development team will be continually iterating on the protocol, and continue to improve on all aspects of the web storage interface, including but not limited to: download speed, upload speed, and accepted file size.

Additionally, the 64GB storage amount per PRL for one year has officially been set, and the transaction for this action can be found here.

Please note that this storage amount is subject to increase in the future.

On a separate note, Oyster’s CMO Chris Garner was featured on the Cryptoconomy podcast. The episode featuring Chris can be streamed here.

A considerable amount of time and effort has been placed into getting the Oyster Mainnet ready for today’s release, and we are excited to hear from our community regarding their experience with the Oyster Mainnet. The Oyster team will be implementing a banner on our website that will display some metrics regarding the protocol, including but not limited to, the number of web nodes operating on the protocol, and the amount of PoW that has been completed by all the web nodes in the network. We will be informing our community once that banner is ready and live.

As always, we encourage any questions or comments to be posted to our Telegram channel or our Reddit.

Chief Product Officer at Oyster.

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