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Ahead of ‘Overwinter’, Zcash lays foundations for planned ‘Sapling’ hard fork

With its ‘Overwinter’ fork pending, Zcash’s development team has released software that contains code that will be leveraged in a forthcoming hard fork dubbed ‘Sapling’.

While its planned ‘Overwinter‘ hard fork is pending implementation, Zcash’s development team has officially released a software update that contains elements of the network’s subsequent hard fork – Sapling.

As we reported earlier this year, ‘Overwinter’ denotes a planned hard fork is set to ready the stage for future network upgrades that might define new features heading to the Zcash network in the months and years ahead. The network’s upgrade roster is slated to expand Zcash’s functionality, and will focus on integrating new innovations into the protocol.

Following the introduction of Overwinter – which will be a ‘practice round’ of sorts for the network – Zcash’s development team has outlined that two subsequent hard forks will take place.

The fork in question – Sapling – will introduce major new changes for the Zcash network, while the second, called ‘Sprout’, will introduce replay protection as well as ‘transaction expiry’.

Transaction expiry will prompt unconfirmed transactions to expire after one hour in the event that a particular transaction is held in limbo during periods of peak network congestion.

Sapling will be introduced with the view of increasing the Zcash network’s maximum throughput in a bid designed to accommodate even more transactions per second. Ahead of the implementation of Overwinter, the introduction of code elements that will ultimately support Sapling will be designed to create a testnet for future development.

Zcash’s development team has yet to specificy a block height where Sapling will come into play – stating that “As a reminder, because the Sapling activation height is not yet specified for mainnet, version 1.1.1 will behave similarly as other pre-Sapling releases even after a future activation of Sapling on the network. Upgrading from 1.1.1 will be required in order to follow the Sapling network upgrade on mainnet”.

Zcash is down 2.79% day-on-day in the wake of the news, and presently trades at $247.71 USD.