Hello all - There has been a great deal of inquiry about the status of the Cardano<>CKB bridge; as the project manager on the Nervos side, I’d like to provide an update for our community.
Initially, Mousebelt provided a development estimate of 6 weeks, which we shared in the announcement. This was June, so understandably there has been speculation about the status of the project.
In retrospect, sharing a time estimate was a mistake. When the project started we were operating under the assumption that the Force Bridge repo was stable and significant changes weren’t expected. Unfortunately this wasn’t the case, core development was required on Force Bridge and work was paused on the Cardano bridge. Additionally, the development required to implement the Cardano side of the bridge was underestimated.
The Force Bridge repo has stabilized, work has restarted and we have engaged an additional ecosystem partner, Obsidian Systems to ensure the bridge develops in a timely manner going forward.
While a sense of urgency to launch is justified, the work we are doing merits caution, and diligence to get things right. Multiple bridges have been attacked for hundreds of millions of dollars over the last few months.
The enthusiasm and influx of members to this community as a result of our partnership has been inspiring and we can feel that this is just the start of a robust collaboration. With Cardano smart contracts now launched, we know this community is well positioned to lead on the research front.
I’ll stress again the importance of getting things right. I don’t have dates to share but can say that going forward I will share regular, detailed updates outlining the work being done. Any projected dates will be shared through broader Nervos channels when all parties are confident we are ready.
Here is the status I have to share today:
Latest status update from Mousebelt: Nervos Notes - HackMD
Implementation plan from Obsidian Systems:
- Implement multi-signature transactions on Cardano to be compatible with the Force Bridge protocol
- Implement monitoring on the bridge to detect any activity that pertains to a Nervos UTXO.
- Implement multi-signature transactions between Force Bridge operators to ensure coordinated signing of transactions on each respective network.
Overall I can say that our collaborations with the Cardano ecosystem are an incredibly exciting development for the project. Thank you all for your patience and understanding as we travel down this new path, I’ll have another update in 2 weeks.