At 14:00 UTC today, Celestia was successfully deployed to Mainnet Beta, codenamed Lemon Mint, marking the arrival of the first modular data availability network.
Today marks a massive milestone for the Celestia community. What was once considered a wild moonshot is now a reality four years after the LazyLedger whitepaper was published.
But mainnet launch signifies more than just Celestia going live. It’s the start of a new era. An era of verifiability where anyone can run a secure light node. An era of collaboration in which blockchains can openly build on top of each other. An era of abundant blockspace that allows any developer to deploy their own blockchain.
Enter the modular era.
The growing modular ecosystem
Celestia is not pioneering the modular era alone. A growing ecosystem has emerged to contribute new components to the modular stack.
Since 2022, many new execution layers and rollup frameworks have emerged followed by a wave of novel infrastructure built specifically for the modular stack, such as shared sequencers, rollups-as-a-service, and proving networks.
In July, over 2000 attendees and 115 speakers from the ecosystem gathered for Modular Summit II, showcasing the talent and creativity forming around the modular vision.
Celestia’s launch is an opportunity for ambitious developers to push the envelope. The modular stack invites developers to create novel applications unlocked by abundant blobspace, like onchain gaming.
Some of the tools that you can try today with Celestia include:
- Rollup Frameworks: Dymint, OP stack, Rollkit, Sovereign SDK.
- Smart Contract dev: Bubs testnet, Eclipse.
- Wallets: Keplr, Leap, Ledger, Metamask Snaps (Mystic & Leap), Cosmostation.
- Block Explorers: Celenium, Mintscan, Modular Cloud.
And a number of companies are focused on making it seamless to deploy fully-provisioned rollups using Celestia:
Trust minimization is a key design goal of Celestia, so a centralized API isn't necessary to interact with Celestia. Anyone can publish and retrieve data from Celestia by running a Celestia light node.
Mainnet Beta expectations and security
Remember that Celestia Mainnet Beta is early and experimental. It introduces ambitious new technologies, and that means uncharted territory. Expect occasional instability or reduced performance at times.
So, please build responsibly and contribute to protocol maintenance and development.
If outages or performance issues occur, Celestia core devs will inform the community through various social channels like Twitter, Discord, Telegram, and the Celestia forum, depending on the severity of the issues.
Upgrades to Celestia will be determined by scheduled hard forks, following the CIP process once it is implemented. Validators will have access to a process of “rolling upgrades” to Celestia. Validators can upgrade their clients ahead of hard forks, which will automatically activate at a predetermined block height.
1GB blocks. 1B light nodes. 1M rollups.
The LazyLedger whitepaper first outlined a new vision for modular blockchains. One where nodes don’t need to download all transactions, and the block size can dynamically grow with the number of nodes.
Mainnet Beta launch is just the first step towards realizing this vision. The next milestones on this journey are:
- 1GB blocks to provide abundant data availability for the modular ecosystem.
- 1 billion light nodes to secure Celestia’s 1GB blocks, with a light node on every phone.
- 1 million rollups where a blockchain is as easy to deploy as a smart contract.
Let the modular era begin.