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Recording of Call

1.4 release planning

  • discussed release cadence
    • AR - Danno add wiki page for this
    • Discussed breaking changes in release not in CD releases, do breaks at quarterly releases
      • Example: Disallowing comments in genesis.json
      • Example: dropping support for Java 8
  • 1.4 aimed release for end of Feb, 26/27
    • RC 12/13 Feb
  • Call from community about desired features
    • PegaSys contributions
      • End to End TLS between external programs
        • JSON-RPC for EthSigner
        • ? for Orion
      • More Tracing APIs
        • More like Parity's style, currently have Geth's style.
      • TPS/QPS performance improvements
        • TPS focus for private networks
        • QPS focus for public networks (like mainnet
      • Support Berlin HF if Berlin HF happens (maybe)
        • This is driven by AllCoreDevs
      • Node multi-tenancy (conceptual, design TBD)
        • One node isolating data for multiple consortial clients
    • ETC Support
      • Targeting mid-November, shipping in 1.3 CD releases
    • Privacy Group Management
      • Needs to be able to add precompiles via plugins
    • Any contributions as they roll in
  • ETC update
    • All ETC hard forks implemented 
    • Syncing up to block 4 million
    • Had a bottleneck at 1.5mil
      • Likely because of shared network ID
      • May be able to write an ETC peer validator
    • Bob Noted PRs for
      • Switching to fast sync by default
        • Discussing on for public networks, off for private networks by default.
        • Interacts with pruning feature
      • Stratum mining from Antoine from Whiteblock
  • CI/CD
    • Josh isn't here,
    • Brian discussed moving to CircleCI vs Azure Pipelines vs GitLabCI
      • Brian wants convergence to one CI provider, but there is no formal policy prohibiting it.
  • Grid Demo (not HL Grid, the EF project)
    • Deferred to a future meeting


Open discussion

  • PegaSys posts bounties, keep an eye on Gitcoin
  • EthWaterloo/EthDenver/EthCC
    • Waterloo - Nov 8-10
    • Denver - Feb 15-17
    • EthCC (Ethereum Community Conference Paris France) - March 3-5 - Bob Summerwill talking
  • Status on Trie Optimization
    • Not in the roadmap currently.
    • Danno is investigating alternate storage engines, HaloDB, etc.
  • Discussion about optimizations and JVMs
  • Hyperledger Caliper
    • Supports Besu in 0.2
    • First Cross HLP contributions