At 6:00 UTC Thursday, the Stargate upgrade of Cosmos will go live. The Cosmos community recommends that interested observers follow along by watching the @cosmos account on Twitter.

Stargate represents an important milestone for the Cosmos project on the way to launching its inter-blockchain communication (IBC) protocol that will allow the 200+ Tendermint-based blockchains to interoperate easily. The era of cross-pollinating blockchains is very nearly here.

Stargate enables a number of other enhancements as well. The chain will run more efficiently, upgrades will be much faster and full nodes will be able to sync up more quickly.

It’s at least another two weeks before IBC goes into effect, but the software to execute it is now in place.

“The Foamspace team is excited for the Stargate Launch coming to the Cosmos Hub, a pivotal moment for the blockchain ecosystem that enables the FOAM Proof of Location radio protocol to be fully realized with global scalability through local consensus,” Ryan John King, CEO of FOAM, told CoinDesk in an email.

Another founder told CoinDesk he was especially sold on the Cosmos cross-chain vision.

“The key reason I chose Cosmos to drive technology at my company was because of the planned interoperability between different Cosmos zones,” Neeraj Murarka, CTO of the Bluzelle, the decentralized dapp data storage company, told CoinDesk in an email. “I was not simply interested in a siloed network that my company operates. Interoperability is a huge advantage.”

Kava’s Kerr sounded a similar note: “Once IBC is integrated, Kava will be able to rapidly expand to hundreds of new blockchains and their users. We expect IBC to be a huge catalyst in driving growth to the Kava platform.”

True fans can follow along with the launch party, where members of the Cosmos team will perform the upgrade live starting at 5:45 UTC.




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