Development on EOS is growing like never before, and a confluence of forces are responsible. At the center of this is the enduring relationship between the EOS Network Foundation (ENF) and Object Computing (OCI). With a strong foundation provided by the combined knowledge of ENF and OCI engineers comes the capacity to run a multi-pronged development strategy. 

Such a strategy allows for ENF and OCI engineers to prioritize the needs of EOS while also having the capacity to help advise and direct additional development resources from the wider Antelope ecosystem through authoring and awarding Request For Proposals (RFPs). The ENF initially contracted OCI back in March to bolster its own engineering capacity, while at the same time laying the groundwork for the Antelope coalition, allowing for even more teams to work in parallel on improvements to the underlying codebase by leveraging talent outside of the EOS community. Supercharging these efforts even further is the ENF Grant Framework, which serves as an additional funding pillar for developers interested in lending their talents to the EOS ecosystem through milestone-based grants.

Several major contributors to the ecosystem are engaged in these coordinated efforts at present. OCI is a bedrock of engineering talent that continues to provide daily coverage on a wide array of mission critical development needs. Greymass, the developers of the Anchor wallet, have stepped up to tackle the Web Client SDK. The talented developers at 0rigin have taken the lead on Inter-Blockchain Communication (IBC) and Faster Finality. EOS Rio, EOS Nation, and Greymass have also been ramping up support and new developments to their API infrastructure and history solutions through a million dollar ENF grant. Also working in parallel to these efforts is the TrustEVM team, who are gearing up to deploy the official Ethereum Virtual Machine on EOS, which will introduce an even wider talent pool of builders and developers to the EOS ecosystem.

Alongside all of this, engineers at the EOS Network Foundation (ENF) are lending critical support and expertise on these and a wide variety of projects critical to the future of EOS. As the wheel of progress turns, all spokes point back to the ENF, providing leadership and strategically directing network funds as the hub of the EOS Network.

ENF Secures Long-Term OCI Partnership!

On the heels of their successes with Transaction Lifecycle improvements and their pivotal contributions to the Antelope Leap v3.1 implementation, the ENF and OCI have entered into a 2+ year, multi-million dollar contract, with no end in sight. OCI’s goal is to collaborate on making EOS the most performant and easy to use blockchain in the world, focusing on scalability, security, and speed.

“We are excited about the strategic relationship between Object Computing and ENF which allows both parties to bring the best talents and abilities together while continuing to improve the ecosystem.”

Bob Elfanbaum, CEO of Object Computing

OCI is a valued partner and a global technology consultancy with a considerable array of blockchain developers deeply familiar with the EOS codebase. With partners including technology giants such as Google, Intel, and AWS, and over 27 years of industry experience, OCI’s client list is composed of many globally recognized businesses like NASA, Rio Tinto, Bayer, and Motorola.

The ENF began it’s partnership with OCI early on in order to work in parallel with its internal engineering team to accelerate development of the community-run Antelope (formerly EOSIO) protocol. The bulk of core protocol developers who are deeply familiar with the EOS codebase hail from either the ENF, or OCI. With the pair now committed to working together for the benefit of the network long term, EOS and the wider ecosystem of which it is part, is on very solid footing.

“From the very beginning, engineers from Object Computing have been key players in the development of the battle tested EOS codebase. Now, with the strong partnership between the EOS Network Foundation and OCI engineers, we’re able to leverage their considerable talents to benefit the EOS Network. The engineers at OCI are not just skilled, they’re passionate about the potential of EOS. As long as there’s an ENF, OCI will be a valued partner by our side.”

-Yves La Rose, CEO and Executive Director of The EOS Network Foundation.

With the Leap v3.1 final release delivered and the EOS consensus upgrade right around the corner, the ENF and OCI engineering teams have not slowed down and are already laying the foundations for Leap v3.2.

In recent months, OCI Engineers have primarily been focused on transaction lifecycle API features and also backporting useful enhancements from EOSIO 2.1 or later, into Leap.  In addition, other items currently under development by OCI include: performance harness, bug fixes, regression harness, Go library migration, and providing assistance with writing additional RFPs.

A New Era of Development

The Antelope coalition is composed of four L1 chains: EOS, Telos, UX Network, and WAX, all working together to advance the common codebase upon which they, and multiple other blockchains, depend. As other coalition chains increase their capacity to contribute to the network, additional developer and capital resources currently being provided by ENF and OCI will be freed up. At the same time, we will begin to see the impact of IBC across coalition networks. When that time comes, we will be in a whole new era of collaborative blockchain development.

As we move towards the September 21st network upgrade, EOS will be the first to declare independence  as its block producers move to adopt the upgrade of the legacy EOSIO protocol, Antelope Leap v3.1. 

Antelope Leap v3.1 will be the beginning of a new era in multi-chain coordinated development, and the ENF will continue to work with strong partners like OCI to ensure EOS retains a strong position within the ecosystem, while at the same time recognizing that a rising tide lifts all boats, and we are stronger together.

EOS Network

The EOS Network is a 3rd generation blockchain platform powered by the EOS VM, a low-latency, highly performant, and extensible WebAssembly engine for deterministic execution of near feeless transactions; purpose-built for enabling optimal web3 user and developer experiences. EOS is the flagship blockchain and financial center of the Antelope framework, serving as the driving force behind multi-chain collaboration and public goods funding for tools and infrastructure through the EOS Network Foundation (ENF).

EOS Network Foundation

The EOS Network Foundation (ENF) is a not-for-profit organization that coordinates financial and non-financial support to encourage the growth and development of the EOS Network. The ENF is the hub of the EOS Network, harnessing the power of decentralization as a force for positive global change to chart a coordinated future for EOS.