24 October 2021
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Polkadot (DOT) Records Double-Digit Price Spike Ahead of Upcoming Parachain Launch

Polkadot is on the cusp of achieving a major milestone with the launch of parachains

Polkadot, a sharded blockchain protocol co-founded by British computer scientist Gavin Wood, has announced that its much-awaited parachain auctions will commence in November.

The tentative date for the first auction is Nov. 11 after the Polkadot Council voted in favor of Motion 118, inching closer to a May 15 all-time high of $49.35.    

The proposal for parachain auctions has now gone to a public referendum that is going to last for six more days.  

The price of Polkadot (DOT) has spiked by more than 12 percent on the announcement.    

According to co-founder Robert Habermeier, Polkadot’s code has been fully audited, which was the final step before kicking off the rollout of parachains.   
The term “parachain,” which is a portmanteau of “parallelizable” and “blockchain,” denotes sovereign layer-1 networks that are connected to the relay chain. Parachains will potentially allow ensuring interoperability between hundreds of separate blockchains with different purposes.

In order to secure coveted parachain slots, a slew of projects has to compete through the auction process. Each auction on Polkadot lasts seven days. Winners will be assigned a parachain slot for eight 12-week lease periods. 

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Kusama, Polkadot’s sister network that performs the role of a test environment, successfully held its very first batch of parachain auctions in June and July, with decentralized finance project Karura becoming the very first winner.     

In late August, the “canary network” announced five additional auctions. 

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