Bitcoin ABC, the team of developers behind the eCash initiative, has released a new version of the full node software that brings some interesting new things to the table.
The official changelog for the new version just states that the new release includes several features and fixes, with Improvements to the Avalanche experimental features and test performance improvements among them.
However scarce the information on the new release, it now includes experimental Avalanche features, meaning that the developers have already implemented some kind of new feature that they would be testing using this new release. Antony Zegers, one of the leading devs of the Bitcoin ABC team explained the reach of these new Avalanche additions in ABC's official eCash Telegram group. Zegers stated that this experimental feature allowed for Avalanche stake proofs exchange between nodes.
However, as this function is still in its experimental stages, it must be enabled from the console explicitly, Zegers explained. The code for building proofs has been there for a long time ago, and it has been enabled just now. Zegers stressed:
“This is still a very early prototype though, and we're looking into changing the format of the stake proofs. So that's why we're not encouraging people to test it out yet, because changing the stake proofs is a breaking change.”
Zegers also gave some insight on what are the next features that the Bitcoin ABC team is working to introduce in its full node software. He stated:
“The other thing that's still a work in progress is the Avalanche peer management. Basically, there needs to be some way for the different nodes to make sure they have the same set of peers (or close to the same set) as the other nodes on the network.
I.e. if someone creates multiple different stake proofs with the same coins (similar to double-spend), then right now there's nothing to prevent different nodes from choosing different Avalanche peers.”
While this is still in the experimental stages, it is clear that the Bitcoin ABC team is serious about bringing Avalanche post consensus support to the protocol, as Zegers stated in an interview with eCash News today earlier this month.