• Astar Network has launched its Cross-Virtual Machine (XVM) feature on the public testnet Shibuya.
• XVM allows a smart contract in one virtual machine to communicate with another, allowing for multichain use cases.
• This is the first major product launch as part of Astar Network’s 2023 starmap.
Astar Network, the smart contract platform for multichain, announced on Monday, January 9th, that it has launched its Cross-Virtual Machine (XVM) functionality on the public testnet Shibuya. This feature enables multichain use cases within the ecosystem, allowing a smart contract in one virtual machine to communicate with another.
XVM is a custom pallet and a set of interfaces that allows for bi-directional calls between EVM and WASM smart contracts. This is the first major product launch as part of Astar Network’s 2023 starmap, an ambitious roadmap for the future of the platform.
Hoon Kim, Chief Technology Officer at Astar Network, commented on the launch of XVM, saying; “We’ve been working hard to create the foundation of the future, regardless of outside influences that are happening now. And today, I am proud to introduce one of our most important features to achieve the Astar Vision: Cross-Virtual Machine (XVM). XVM is the first of its kind, allowing for multichain use cases with seamless interoperability between different smart contract environments such as the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) and WebAssembly (WASM).”
The launch of XVM on public testnet Shibuya is an important step forward for Astar Network, as it allows developers to begin testing the functionality and building new multichain use cases on the platform. Astar Network is planning to launch its mainnet at the end of 2023, and the launch of XVM on the public testnet is a key milestone on the way to that goal.
Kim concluded; “We are excited to see what our community of developers will build on the XVM testnet. We are committed to building a secure and robust platform for complex multichain use cases. XVM is a major milestone towards that goal and we look forward to further developing our platform in the coming months.”
The launch of XVM on public testnet Shibuya marks a major milestone for Astar Network, and is an important step forward for the platform as it continues to develop and grow. With the launch of XVM, developers have the power to build complex, multichain use cases on the Astar Network.