Iota releases Shimmer public test chain ahead of the Native Ethereum Virtual Machine launch
- March 29, 2023
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Developers will be able to improve the security, resilience, and performance of ShimmerEVM with the public testnet.
Developer of the eponymous Blockchain, Iota Foundation released the Shimmer Ethereum Virtual Machine Test Chain on its Shimmer testnet, developers informed CoinDesk Wednesday.
Incentivized staging network Shimmer was launched in September. This launch is the first EVM-enabled on Iota. It’s intended to improve the network’s utility for traders and developers. This public testing period is an important step towards the ShimmerEVM introduction to the mainnet or real-world blockchain.
Dominik Schiener, Chairman of the Iota Foundation stated that “we are constantly making improvements so when ShimmerEVM is ready for launch, it will be more polished.” “This testnet is a significant step forward in the rollout future ecosystem projects on Shimmer and Iota.”
Testnets are blockchain networks that are used for testing. They replicate activity on the mainnet, allowing developers to troubleshoot any issues and monitor network activity before a wider release.
An Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM), also known as the virtual environment in which all Ethereum accounts are located, serves as a computer for developers to create decentralized apps (dapps). EVMs are able to be deployed on other blockchains to allow developers to create dapps or decentralized financial (DeFi), applications in the same way as they do on Ethereum.
Developers stated that ShimmerEVM will be tested with multiple validators and dozens upon dapps to improve the security, resilience, and performance of the ShimmerEVM smart contracts chain.
Other important updates to consensus module include test chain launch and other important updates.