Yesterday, the IOTA Foundation announced its support for a new type of node, Hornet, or rather, a node developed with a different programming system. The goal is to increase the number of supported platforms in order to expand the range of services offered and their adoption.
We’re delighted to introduce #Hornet – a lightweight #IOTA node. This node software is the result of the amazing work with members of our community. Read about it at https://t.co/xoxMx7lTl8 pic.twitter.com/Vl40XEstw3
— IOTA (@iotatoken) December 17, 2019
As explained in the official post, the technology that allows the use of Tangle has evolved over time, but there are still limits and systems that can not be developed without a precise direction.
The foundation obviously can’t carry out all these projects on its own and, for this reason, it has provided a fund for developers. With this fund, it has decided to support one of these projects, namely the creation of a new type of node written in Go.
The node, which can already be used in beta, is called Hornet and is a lighter version of the one implemented in Java (IRI), even though local snapshots will be added later.
Through this new feature, it is possible to interact with IRI APIs that have already been implemented and get a faster response compared to other nodes.
Meanwhile, IOTA itself is developing a high-performance node, written in Rust, called Bee, which will be released next year.
As can be seen, IOTA is always trying to improve the technology and continue development. For example, they recently announced that they had improved the security side of the ledger; moreover, IOTA plans to use a protocol that allows users to be identified, so that they can communicate with each other without problems.
The protocol will now have an additional advantage that can be exploited in its ecosystem, seeing that the IoT (Internet of Things) is moving fast and requires a fast connection. According to recent studies, more than 20 billion IoT devices are expected to be connected to the Internet by 2020.