BNB Greenfield Ural Hardfork Set to Enhance User Experience and Storage Provider Performance

The BNB greenfield network is preparing for the Ural hardfork, which aims to improve the user experience and performance of the storage provider within the BNB chain ecosystem.

The BNB Greenfield network is gearing up for the long-awaited Ural hardfork, which promises to bring a host of exciting updates and improvements to the platform. The Mainnet Ural hard fork is scheduled to happen at block height 5,347,231, which is expected to take place on March 14th at 07:00 UTC, based on the current block interval.

To ensure a smooth transition, validators and storage providers (SPs) are advised to upgrade to the latest software versions prior to the hard fork. Validators should upgrade to greenfield v1.4.0, while SPs should upgrade to greenfield-storage-provider v1.4.0. It is important to note that the upcoming hard fork will not affect user account balances on Greenfield and all buckets and objects stored on the Greenfield Testnet will remain accessible.

Ural hardfork introduces several new features and bug fixes aimed at improving the user experience. One notable addition is the ability for authorized accounts to assign resource tags, as specified in PR #563. This feature will allow better organization and categorization of data in the Greenfield network.

Storage providers will also benefit from the Ural hardfork, with improvements to bucket migration (PR #1250) and the introduction of illegal restrictions on special characters during object creation (PR #1298). These changes are intended to streamline the storage process and prevent potential problems resulting from the use of unsupported characters.

The Ural hardfork is part of BNB Chain’s broader “One BNB” interconnection paradigm, which aims to integrate BNB Smart Chain (BSC), opBNB (L2) and BNB Greenfield into a cohesive ecosystem. This unified approach ensures seamless interaction between decentralized computing and storage solutions, paving the way for a more efficient and user-friendly blockchain experience.

Looking ahead to 2024, BNB Greenfield is poised to redefine the landscape of data storage and processing. The platform outlook includes the development of advanced features such as Greenfield Executable, Atomic Update, and Paymaster (AA), as well as improvements to the middleware infrastructure, including the Package Service and Data Availability Layer.

One of the main goals of BNB Greenfield in 2024 is to significantly improve the performance of storage providers. The goal is to increase upload speeds from the current 2MB/s to 10MB/s and download speeds from 20MB/s to 100MB/s, a five-fold improvement. These improvements aim to dramatically improve the overall efficiency of data processing on the blockchain network.

As the BNB chain continues to evolve and expand, the Ural hardfork represents an important milestone in the ongoing commitment to provide users with a seamless and efficient platform. By introducing new features, addressing bugs, and responding to community feedback, BNB Greenfield is positioning itself as a leader in the decentralized storage space.

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