May 2018 Roadmap Update

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Cardano SL mainnet launched

Friday, September 29, 2017

Exchange Enhancements

Enhancements are being made to increase performance rates for our exchange partners.

Log Submission Mechanism

An easier way for users to submit logs about issues or bugs will be delivered to our users.

Cardano Update User Survey

Please leave your feedback about the 0.9.0 release of Daedalus and 1.1.0 release of Cardano. We will use the information and feedback gathered by this survey to improve our products and future release processes.



Cardano: Shelley Update

Throughout Q2 and Q3 of 2018 the features of Shelley will be released, starting with delegation and stake pool testnets. Duncan Coutts, IOHK Director of Engineering, explores the progress of Shelley.

Open Ouroboros Delegation Updated

Users will be able to delegate their stake, or to act as stake pools and have stake delegated to them.

Multisignature Transactions

Multisignature transaction types will be supported for HD wallets.

Wallet backend

We will redesign the wallet backend to improve its performance.

Consensus Incentives and Fees

Incentives in Cardano will be used to encourage stakeholders to set up the infrastructure needed to run a full node and to fully participate in the protocol.

Quantum Resistant Signatures

A new type of transaction will be added that uses a quantum-resistant signature scheme.

Light Client Support

Light client mode is a feature that will enable faster blockchain syncing by subscribing to checkpoints, snapshots of the Cardano blockchain in time.

Human Friendly Addresses

Significantly shorter addresses will be displayed in the user interface, making them easier to be communicated.


Support a wide and dynamic network topography over common internet infrastructure, enabling decentralization without sacrificing performance or security.

Paper Wallets

Paper wallets will allow users to securely store their funds offline on a physical medium.

Daedalus Wallet Accounts New

Each Daedalus wallet will be able to hold multiple accounts within it, making funds easier to manage.

Release Strategy

A new software release strategy for Cardano will bring benefits for users.

Cardano Stake Pool Registration Updated

Parties interested in running a stake pool in the Shelley testnet are invited to register here. Successful participants will be notified in due course.

Co-working space, Hong Kong

Emurgo is setting up a co-working spaсe in Hong Kong. The office will be available for developers from February 2018.

Meetup for developers and enterprises, Tokyo

Emurgo will hold a monthly meetup for developers and enterprises at their new Tokyo office.

Partnership with Chinaccelerator and MOX

Working with two big regional accelerators will provide a springboard for entrepreneurs by giving them access to funding and advice.

Investment in a blockchain project, Shanghai

Emurgo will invest in LiqEase, a blockchain project that digitizes assets in international business to business trade.

R&D center, Vietnam

A research and development center that focuses on the Cardano blockchain will be set up in Ho Chi Minh city.

Acceleration program in Hong Kong

Emurgo is going to set up an acceleration program focused on the Cardano blockchain.

Distributed Futures Research

A City of London research program will explore challenges and opportunities for blockchain.

Ledger Wallet

Support for Cardano will be added to the Ledger Nano S cryptocurrency hardware wallet for storing Ada securely offline.

Debit Cards

Launch of a Cardano debit card will allow Ada holders to use their funds for everyday purchases.

Cardano software audit

An independent audit of the code and documentation will help ensure a high-quality, robust product.




Sidechains will enhance the ability to move Ada within Cardano, enable scalability, and allow new features to be added without forking a blockchain.

Accounting Model

To move value consistently between ledgers using UTxO-style and account-based accounting models we will develop a formal understanding of both methods and their relationship.

Multi-Currency Ledger New

Due to the high demand for the creation of cryptocurrencies, Cardano will support multiple currencies and other tokens on both the settlement and computation layers.

Plutus Core

The Plutus Core language will be finalized and integrated into the Cardano Settlement Layer and Computation Layer.

IELE Virtual Machine V1

IELE, a virtual machine with a universal language framework for translating and executing smart contracts, will be created.

Integration and implementation

The sidechains and accounting will be implemented in the SL and CL. IELE and Plutus Core will be integrated into the CL.

Smart Contracts Deployment & Interaction

A set of tools will be available for developers of smart contracts, including a private test network to try out code before it is deployed to the mainnet.

Goguen Testnet Launch Updated

We will be launching two testnets. The KEVM testnet will be launched on May 28, 2018. The IELE Virtual Machine (VM) testnet will be launched in July 2018. Details will be announced shortly about these testnets, which will allow users to experiment with KEVM and IELE smart contracts.



Voting Centre

Users of Cardano will be able to vote on upcoming updates and protocol changes, using their stake.



Trusted Hardware
Transaction Sharding
Higher Assurance Software Dev
Trusted Relays V2