Biweekly update 7th May — 21st May
The previous two weeks Enigma didn’t illustrate high activity in the media landscape. Enigma team published its latest development update that covers its progress since open-sourcing its code base at the end of March. Charging gas for writing into the state, contract deployment and contract execution was implemented. These gas costs are preliminary implementations and will be progressively adjusted through further testing. Plus over the past month, Enigma has continued to steadily develop the protocol focusing on the integration across the three main repositories. Development of sample secret contracts including a secret voting demo that includes Ethereum callbacks to other regular smart contracts at the end of the execution of a secret contract. Moreover the development team has continuously conducting network tests deploying secret contracts across a developer network and running secret computations. Further updates to follow. Stay tuned!
Some highlights of the protocol development include:
- Implemented charging gas for writing into the state, contract deployment and contract execution. In the case of contract deployment, for example, there is a fixed cost for executing the constructor plus a component proportional to the size of the deployed code. These gas costs are preliminary implementations and will be progressively adjusted through further testing.
- Development of sample secret contracts including a secret voting demo that includes Ethereum callbacks to other regular smart contracts at the end of the execution of a secret contract. A step-by-step walkthrough this example is currently in the works — stay tuned!
- Adjusting the workerSelection algorithm across the networking and contract packages.
- Constant flow of building and pushing of the enclave’s core codebase into Docker’s image repository, and an updated release of the network library package to npm while staying on top of dependencies vulnerabilities.
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- Implementation of WASM to compute secret contracts
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Social media metrics
Enigma community continues to grow, there is a constant increase in the number of subscribers of Enigma social media channels. However the number of subscribers of Enigma official Telegram chats slightly decreased these weeks.
Telegram — Telegram HQ for the Enigma Project.
Secret Nodes Community Telegram — a community-led group of individuals who care about privacy, data ownership, and are dedicated to supporting secret node runners.
Twitter — Official announcements channel. Average number of retweets is 40 for one post. Publications with 30–100 likes.
Reddit — Threads with 6–20 comments, 10–30 upvotes.
The graph above shows the dynamics of changes in the number of Enigma Facebook likes, Reddit subscribers and Twitter followers. The information is taken from Coingecko.com