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The Baking Sheet - Issue #106

The Baking Sheet - Issue #106
By Tezos Commons • Issue #106 • View online
Happy 4 Year Anniversary Tezos!

Welcome to this week’s issue of The Baking Sheet!
Protocol Jakarta has been activated to the Tezos network! As we celebrate 4 years since network launch, let’s summarize some of the amazing growth Tezos had in the past four years:
10 protocol Upgrades
2.1 million funded wallets
67 million+ contract calls
109 million+ transactions
The most incredible milestone is the protocol seamlessly upgrading 10 times, looking beyond, the 11th upgrade proposal is underway with the Kathmandu era on the horizon.
This week’s issue will highlight the upcoming Kathmandu upgrade and what we can expect to see. 
Hello, Kathmandu
The Jakarta era is now behind us. 
That said, recently we learned more about the next protocol upgrade - Kathmandu. Protocol Kathmandu will introduce Smart Contract Optimistic Rollups (SCORUs). In Nomadic Labs’ blog post, they describe what this feature will provide to the Tezos network. 
SCORUs provide a generic infrastructure to implement any computational device, as long as its semantics can be described as a Proof-producing Virtual Machine (PVM), in the Tezos protocol.
This design allows us to continuously develop and deploy new supported PVMs, and thereby new execution environments, via protocol amendments. In our upcoming protocol proposal, we plan to introduce a first PVM supporting WebAssembly (WASM) — although only available via bleeding-edge test networks.
In terms of scalability, this is a pretty big deal. We’re seeing essentially two back to back protocol upgrades geared towards reducing block times (the time it takes for a block on the Tezos network to finalize). 
Let us not forget Protocol Ithaca also brought the introduction of a completely new consensus algorithm - Tenderbake. 
I digress, Kathmandu will offer more to the Tezos network than just SCORUs according to Nomadic Labs’ publication
The validation Pipelining project aims to streamline the block validation process, in order to reduce the number of times they need to be applied (that is, executed) across the Tezos Layer 1 network. It also aims to propagate blocks before fully applying them, but after having fastly validated a set of preconditions on the block and its operation payload which guarantees their correctness. These goals combine to pursue increasing throughput for Tezos’ Layer 1, without compromising the network’s safety.
Nomadic Labs also mentioned the introduction of support for permanent test networks. 
The Kathmandu protocol proposal will also include a new testnet-specific governance mechanism necessary to support a permanent test network, Ghostnet.
For any chain other than Tezos Mainnet, this mechanism lets the chain originator designate a special account, that can upgrade the protocol unilaterally with a new protocol proposal. Instead of going through the normal governance election cycles, the chain will upgrade straight away to the new protocol. This will allow for the creation of a long-running testnet, Ghostnet, where protocol upgrades will be centrally managed by Oxhead Alpha and which will closely follow Tezos mainnet upgrades.
As Tezos continues to evolve and grow, so is the growing theme towards massive scalability. As we move towards a new era with Protocol Kathmandu, there’s lots to look forward to within the ecosystem. 
Tez/Dev - Registration is now OPEN
Tez/Dev programming is here!
The schedule of events and speakers is now available featuring speakers like Tezos Co-Founder & Early Architect, Arthur Breitman whom will deliver a keynote on why blockchain developers should be building the future of Web3 on Tezos.
Additionally, Workshops will highlight building NFT marketplaces, Dapp development, scaling Tezos with rollups, smart contracts, Tezos tools, and more!
You can also showcase your Tezos project at one of the stations at the Tez/Dev Paris 2022 networking space
Also our friends at Travala.com is extending a special offer for TezDev attendees. Get 5% off your hotels there with the code: PARISINJULY
This Week in the Tezos Ecosystem
Jakarta has been seamlessly implemented without any hardforks or disruption to the network. In case you’re unaware of all the features within the upgrade, protocol Jakarta will introduce the following feature sets to the Tezos network
  • Transaction Optimistic Rollups (TORUs)
  • Liquidity Baking Changes
  • Tickets Improvements/Hardening
  • Elimination of “Rolls”
Tezos once again demonstrates its absolute strength in on-chain governance and upgradability.
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This Week in Tezos Development
Now Streaming: Art Basel Conversations
The expert panel at Art Basel dives into critical questions of curating art for Web3.
Speakers:
Sabine Himmelsbach | Director, HEK Basel
Linda Dounia | Founder, Cyber Baat
Robert Kruschbersky | Strategist. Advisor. Investor - NFT & Web3.0
Moderator: Micol Ap | Founder & CEO, Vertical Crypto Art
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