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Timeline for next upgrade

Plan for the next update of the Bitcoin Cash network

We publish this information so that Bitprim node users and other interested parties are aware that Bitcoin Cash has a protocol update on November 15. All node operators must be updated to remain compatible with the Bitcoin Cash network. The following timeline denotes the processes that will take place before the stipulated date for the Hard Fork.

August 15th: Code end date

Final date for the presentation of the package of changes that will be included in the following Hard Fork. After this date, the test stage will begin.

Any other protocol change proposed after August 15 will be pending to be reviewed for the Hard Fork of May 2019.

October 15th: Testnet deadline & official release

Once the tests have been completed and everything works as expected, Bitprim will officially launch its new version of the node. The node operators will have 30 days to apply the update before the Hard Fork.

November 15: Hard Fork

Any node operator that has not updated at this date will be running outside of the Bitcoin Cash protocol.

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Content for the Hard Fork on November 15

published on August 20

The specific features included in the November 15th upgrade are:

  • A new opcode called OP_CHECKDATASIG that improves the BCH scripting language to permit the validation of messages from outside the blockchain. This will enable uses such as the use of oracles and cross-chain atomic contracts.

  • The introduction of canonical transaction ordering. This is a technical building block that lays the foundation for massive scaling improvements in the future.

  • Several minor technical fixes and improvements.