TEA Project’s Epoch 11 — Moving to Ethereum

  • End-users will no longer use the Polkadot.{js} wallet extension to interact with the TEA browser wallet. They’ll instead use Metamask which is the most popular wallet in the Ethereum ecosystem. This move will significantly reduce the amount of friction for new users to join the TEA Project. Not only is Metamask a more mature interface, its number of average monthly users (in excess of 30 million) dwarfs that of Polkadot.{js} (approximately 50K active monthly users). This speaks to the much larger network effect of Ethereum and Metamask which will help the TEA Project as we move towards relying on popular Web3 tools.
  • Current users will no longer use Substrate-based addresses (SS58) and instead migrate to using Ethereum based-addresses (ERC20). We’ve reached out to contestants from earlier epochs to provide use their ERC20 addresses so that they can have a smooth transition to Epoch 11. In addition, our TEA token will be released as an ERC20 token, and our CML NFT will be released as an ERC721 token.
  • A liquidity pool for our testnet TEA and testnet USDT (COFFEE) will be setup on Uniswap. This liquidity pool along with the TEA Project’s solidity smart contract will be released on Ethereum’s Goerli testnet for Epoch 11.

The TEA Wallet, TAppStore, and TApps

  • Load the TEA browser wallet (https://wallet.teaproject.org).
  • Select a CML node to launch the TAppStore.
  • Select a TApp to launch from within the TAppStore.
  • Harberger auction — a TApp where end-users can purchase state maintainer seat licenses and update their self-valuations.
  • Leaderboard — used during the testing epochs for contestants to join the contest.
  • Miner portal — those wishing to run a TEA hosting node can use this TApp to administer their mining machine.
  • Investments — this section lists all bonding curve tokens for all the various entities on the TEA platform. Investable tokens will include TApp tokens as well as those issued for each CML miner.
  • Account — this section will list the end-user’s liquid TEA tokens as well as those locked up as deposits (generally hosting node deposits). Users can utilize the topup and withdraw functions in this section to move their assets between layer-1 (ETH) and TEA’s layer-2.

Hosting Node Improvements

  • Features in development for CML hosting nodes in Epoch 11 include the ability for hosting nodes to store a local cache of the state. There will also be an option to allow hosting nodes to become “seated” and pay a state subscription fee for quicker state machine updates.
  • For state maintainer nodes, there will be a strong focus on tweaking the incentive structure to ensure that running a state maintainer node is profitable while also providing opportunities for those adjacent to the state maintainer nodes in the TEA ecosystem (CML nodes who pay the state subscription fee and earn remote attestation rewards, TApp developers who pay the state memory tax). Expect many of these fees and rewards to be tweaked during Epoch 11.

Technical Improvements in Epoch 11

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