- AVA Labs announces the launch of its mainnet Avalanche blockchain will take place on September 21.
- The mainnet aims to challenge Ethereum 2.0, providing lower latency and higher throughput.
- Avalanche mainnet targets the surging world of DeFi products.
AVA Labs, a blockchain development firm, announced it would release its Avalanche blockchain mainnet on September 21. Emin Gün Sirer, the founder of AVA Labs and a computer science professor at Cornell, termed the mainnet “a new beginning for blockchains, cryptocurrencies, and decentralized applications.” Adding,
“Monday will mark the beginning of a new era for cryptocurrencies, blockchains, and decentralized applications.”
“Avalanche is the first major breakthrough in our space since Satoshi’s leap forward, and we intend to follow in their footsteps to have the same, defining impact as we stand on the cusp of a new decade.”
According to a statement from the team, Avalanche blockchain mainnet will launch this coming Monday, aiming to provide newly-bred solutions for decentralized finance (DeFi), crypto, and blockchains in general. On the launch of the mainnet, Avalanche’s native token, AVAX, will be distributed to rightful owners, Emin said.
AVAX will be distributed to the early owners of AVA, including those who participated in the private and public sales of the token, developers who were awarded grants from AVA Labs, and those who earned commissions.
Avalanche's mainnet launch follows 16 months of intense development since the blockchain exited its stealth mode. According to the statement, Avalanche is the first-ever smart contracts platform that delivers sub-second verification and finality of transactions to challenge the upcoming Ethereum 2.0, Ethereum’s forthcoming main update.
Notwithstanding, Avalanche will also support all projects on the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) and provide EVM development kits. This aims to enable “millions of independent validators to participate as full, block-producing nodes,” the statement further reads.
The launch of Avalanche also brings with it solutions to the burgeoning DeFi ecosystem that has been plagued by over-congestion and high fees on ETH. In a statement obtained by BEG, AVA Labs co-founder and chief operating officer, Kevin Sekniqi, said the development team has always looked for solutions to the DeFi ecosystem with Avalanche to solve the scalability problems.
“There’s no known limit to the number of full, block-producing validators who can participate in Avalanche consensus without losing performance. We’ve tested upwards of 2,000 of these full validating nodes without any drop-off in performance or downtime,” Kevin said.