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Cardano (ADA) Approaching Full Decentralization While ADA Price Retraces 29% from ATH

Input Output HK, the team behind Cardano (ADA) development explained why its next decentralization milestone is crucial for project progress.
By the end of this month, all Cardano (ADA) transactions will be validated by community-driven staking pools. Thus, genesis nodes will no longer take part in blockchain processes. Why is this milestone called D=0 Day?

Last days of Genesis nodes

The d-parameter of Cardano (ADA) ecosystem displays the percentage of transactions validated by genesis nodes. Since the inception of Shelley in July 2020, the d-parameter was reduced by 0.02 (two percent) in every Cardano (ADA) epoch.

article imageImage via TwitterThus, on March 31, 2021, at the boundary of epoch 257, the d-parameter will fall to zero. All transactions will be validated by staking pools. The IOHK team decided to call this event D=0 Day.

At press time, more than 1,800 staking pools are contributing to Cardano (ADA) transaction validation. To ensure the progress of decentralization, IOHK implemented a complex of measures to prevent the big pools from domination.

As covered by U.Today previously, IOHK periodically adjusts its k-parameter (another decentralization metric) to support small-sized staking entities.

ADA plummeted 29 percent from peak

According to IOHK’s quantitative strategist, Colin L. Edwards, the latest adjustment of the k-parameter from k=150 to k=500 allowed small and medium pools to surpass the top 10 staking whales by percentage of stake operated for the first time in Cardano’s (ADA) history.

article imageImage via CoingeckoOne week ago, these impressive technology milestones pushed Cardano’s (ADA) price to its new historic high. On Feb. 27, 2021, it almost touched the $1.50 level.

Meanwhile, after the most remarkable rally amidst all top-league coins (the ADA coin price has added 700 percent since Jan. 1), Cardano’s core native asset slightly retraced. It lost almost 29 percent over the last seven days. It now attempts to stay above the $1.10 level.

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