Zilliqa, a new blockchain platform based on the technology of sharding to alleviate the scalability issue faced by current blockchain platforms, has announced the release of its public testnet. Ithis marks the first ever implementation of sharding used in a public, permissionless blockchain, opening the possibility of transaction rates that could match VISA.
The Zilliqa testnet can be accessed via a fully functional block explorer that allows users to view specific blocks, transactions and addresses, and to view data such as transaction rate, block rate and number of peers using a clean and user-friendly interface. A wallet application is also available for users to create test transactions. Initially, the platform has been launched in a scaled-down state using less than 1,000 nodes that are Amazon AWS Virtual Computers Instances. During stress testing the testnet showed speeds of up to 2,000 transactions per second.