We’re happy to announce go-filecoin 0.3.2. This release is a big step towards completing the filecoin storage protocol. It includes many changes to the miner actor builtin smart contract that will allow the network to securely account for verifiable storage power once fault handling is in place. Many less visible but high impact code and testing improvements ship with this release. 0.3.2 also includes a big UX improvement with the new and improved
go-filecoin deals command for user friendly management of storage deals. Getting paid as a storage miner is now as simple as a single CLI call.
As a reminder, only the latest version of go-filecoin will connect to the user devnet until protocol upgrade work is complete. Users will need to upgrade to 0.3.2 to connect to the user devnet.
For more details, check out the changelog: https://github.com/filecoin-project/go-filecoin/blob/master/CHANGELOG.md#go-filecoin-032
Here’s a preview of the next two releases.
Next up is release 0.4, targeting late August. The biggest thing we aim to land there is a significantly faster chain syncing experience, so that users can set up nodes more quickly. Close behind is network automation for automated validation of this and subsequent releases. We expect to also connect the dots on much of the outstanding storage protocol bits, including piece inclusion proofs, multiple sector sizes and penalties.
After that is release 0.5. Along with performant chain sync, the big deliverable here is a mechanism for protocol upgrades. This will allow us to decouple software releases from network resets, and launch a long-running, upgradeable network.
After this point, go-filecoin software releases will generally (though not always) upgrade the existing network rather than launch a new one. This will enable us to (1) ship code much more frequently without resetting the network each time, and (2) begin the tests, integrations, and scaling work leading up to a stable test network.
There will also be improvements to proofs and node implementations that significantly impact performance and hardware requirements. Therefore, we do not recommend or endorse buying hardware for Filecoin mining yet.
This is our plan, but as always subject to the unexpected: both lurking dragons and opportunities.