Network Upgrades

What’s a network upgrade ?

A network upgrade is a change or group of changes to the protocol consensus rules, which are activated at a defined block number.

What to consider when introducing a consensus rule change in the code

Every consensus rule change needs to be associated with a specific RSKIP (RSK improvement proposal) in the RSKIPs github repository.

Consensus rules changes are introduced as part of a group of changes called Network Upgrade. Network upgrades are released to the general public as part of a specific RSK node version (defined by a release code name and version number. e.g.: RSK Wasabi 1.0.0), and the consensus rule changes introduced are selected by the community.

How to add a new consensus rule?

  1. Set the release version (if not yet defined in the code). Define the new tag in NetworkUpgrade enum file.
     public enum NetworkUpgrade {
         WASABI_100("wasabi100"),
     }
    
  2. Set the network upgrade block activation height in [main||testnet||regtest||devnet].conf files

     # IE for main.conf
    
     blockchain.config {
         name = main
         hardforkActivationHeights = {
             wasabi100 = 1591000,
         }
     }
    

    For local development you should ONLY need to edit regtest.conf.

    [main||testnet||devnet].conf will only need to be edited before a NetworkUpgrade deploy, when the block activation height is already known.

  3. Define the consensus rule RSKIP in ConsensusRule enum file.
     public enum ConsensusRule {
         RSKIP106("rskip106"),
     }
    
  4. Associate the previous RSKIP with a specific Network Upgrade version in reference.conf file.
     blockchain = {
         config = {
             consensusRules = {
                 rskip106 = wasabi100,
             }
         }
     }
    

Coding a consensus rule change for an RSK Network Upgrade

When implementing a network upgrade you’ll need to check if that change is active:

if (activations.isActive(ConsensusRule.RSKIP106) && address.equals(HD_WALLET_UTILS_ADDR_DW)) {
    return new HDWalletUtils(config.getActivationConfig(), HD_WALLET_UTILS_ADDR);
}

Testing

To run tests with specific consensus rules changes, you’ll need to combine previously described methods at ActivationConfigTest.BASE_CONFIG

public class ActivationConfigTest {
    private static final Config BASE_CONFIG = ConfigFactory
        .parseString(String.join("\n",
            "hardforkActivationHeights: {",
            "    wasabi100: 0",
            "},",
            "consensusRules: {",
            "    rskip106: wasabi100,",
            "}"
    ));
}