BNB Greenfield Testnet: Pampas Hardfork

2023.11.15  •  2 min read
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BNB Greenfield is undergoing the Pampas upgrade for the testnet version to v1.1.0. The Pampas upgrade took place at block height 2,427,233, estimated to be on November 20th at 07:00 AM UTC considering the current block generation rate.

Please be aware that the upcoming hardfork will not impact your account balance on Greenfield. All buckets and objects stored on the Greenfield Testnet will remain accessible. 

What’s New for Greenfield?

To enhance the user experience, the developer community is introducing the following features and improvements:

  • Support for rejecting bucket migration (PR #493).
  • A hardfork for linking to opBNB (PR #504).
  • Enhanced storage provider (SP) query method by shuffling the results (PR #520).
  • Disabled SP exit and bucket migration messages (PR #521).

For other bug fixes, and refactoring, please refer to the changelog in Greenfield Blockchain repo.

What’s New for Storage Providers?

  • ​​Added a DataMigrationRecord table to save process records for data migration tasks (PR #1240).
  • Introduced SP health rating for selecting of SPs (PR #1218).
  • Signer module now includes metrics for each RPC interface (PR #1237).
  • Implemented reject bucket migration feature (PR #1227).
  • Added 'gnfd' command to query sq incomings (PR #1224).
  • Updated storage size for bucket APIs (PR #1223).
  • Improved quota for bucket migration (PR #1118).
  • Added HTTP probe to improve service stability (PR #1201).
  • Updated recover object command for Kubernetes job (PR #1207).
  • Added Golang runtime metrics, process metrics, and std lib DB metrics (PR #1197).
  • Added error code in HTTP metrics to help locate problems (PR #1167).

For other bug fixes, and refactoring, please refer to the changelog in Greenfield SP  repo.

Use Greenfield with opBNB

The integration of opBNB with Greenfield brings benefits in terms of cost-effectiveness, faster transactions, and improved cross-chain communications. 

  1. Cross-Chain Communication: opBNB enables cross-chain communication between Greenfield and itself. This is a significant advantage as it allows Greenfield to leverage the benefits of opBNB's platform, including lower gas fees and faster cross-chain transactions.
  2. Lower Gas Fees: Greenfield currently relies on another EVM-compatible L1 chain for programming, which may result in elevated cross-chain fees. By connecting to opBNB, Greenfield users can enjoy much lower gas fees, approximately one-tenth of the fees on the BSC, leading to cost-effectiveness.
  3. Faster Cross-Chain Transactions: opBNB achieves one-block finality in most cases, making cross-chain communication significantly faster compared to BSC, where relayers need to wait for at least two blocks (6 seconds) for finality. This faster finality on opBNB enhances the user experience on Greenfield.

Conclusion

The BNB Greenfield Pampas Hardfork is part of BNB Chain’s ongoing commitment to delivering a seamless and effective platform for users. The platform better serves the users by addressing bugs, introducing new features, and responding to community feedback.

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