Protocol Granada

This page contains all the relevant information for protocol Granada, a development version of the Tezos protocol.

The code can be found in the src/proto_010_PtGRANAD directory of the master branch of Tezos.

This page documents the changes brought by protocol Granada with respect to Florence.

The main novelties in the Granada protocol are:

  • an upgrade of the consensus algorithm Emmy+ to Emmy*, which brings smaller block times and faster finality

  • a 2.5 tez per block subsidy to a CPMM contract to generate liquidity between tez and tzBTC

  • gas improvements leading to a 3x to 6x decrease in gas consumption of typical contracts


Emmy* updates Emmy+ by:

  • a tweak in the definition of the minimal delay function, and

  • an increase in the number of endorsement slots per block

Concretely, in Emmy* a block can be produced with a delay of 30 seconds with respect to the previous block if it has priority 0 and more than 60% of the total endorsing power per block, which has been increased to 256 (from 32) endorsement slots per block.

The baking and endorsing rewards are updated as follows:

  • The reward producing a block at priority 0 is updated from e * 1.25 tez to e * 0.078125 tez, and for producing a block at priority 1 or higher, is updated from e * 0.1875 tez to e * 0.011719 tez, where e is the endorsing power of the endorsements contained in the block.

  • The reward for endorsing a block of priority 0 is updated from 1.25 tez to 0.078125 tez per endorsement slot, and for endorsing a block at priority 1 or higher is updated from 0.833333 tez to 0.052083 tez per endorsement slot.

The values of the security deposits are updated from 512 tez to 640 tez for baking, and from 64 tez to 2.5 tez for endorsing.

The constant hard_gas_limit_per_block is updated from 10,400,000 to 5,200,000 gas units.

The Michelson NOW instruction keeps the same intuitive meaning, namely it pushes the minimal injection time on the stack for the current block. However, this minimal injection time is not 1 minute after the previous block’s timestamp as before, instead it is 30 seconds after.

The values of the blocks_per_* constants has doubled in order to match the reduced block times, as follows: blocks_per_cycle = 8192, blocks_per_commitment = 64, blocks_per_roll_snapshot = 512, and blocks_per_voting_period = 40960.

The constant time_between_blocks is left unchanged at [60; 40] but the new constant minimal_block_delay = 30 is added.

Liquidity Baking

2.5 tez per block is credited to a constant product market making (CPMM) contract, the contract’s %default entrypoint is called to update its storage, and the credit is included in block metadata as a balance update with a new update_origin type, Subsidy.

The liquidity baking subsidy shuts off automatically at a fixed level if not renewed in a future upgrade. The sunset level is included in constants.

At any time bakers can vote to shut off the liquidity baking subsidy by setting a boolean flag in protocol_data. An exponential moving average (ema) of this escape flag is calculated with a window size of 2000 blocks and the subsidy permanently shuts off if the ema is ever over a threshold included in constants (half the window size with precision of 1000 added for integer computation).

More detailed docs for liquidity baking can be found here.

Gas improvements

  • The gas cost of serialization and deserialization of Micheline is divided by 10 thanks to an optimization of the data-encoding library. This reduces the cost of storage operations.

  • The gas cost of “small” instructions (e.g., stack manipulation and arithmetic instructions) is divided by 3 to 5 thanks to a significant rewriting of the Michelson interpreter. This reduces the cost of contract execution. (MR !2723 !2990 !3010 !3012)

  • The gas cost of most instructions have been re-evaluated. (MR !2966 !2986 !2993)

  • Typically, trading XTZ against a token in Dexter was costing ~50K units of gas, now this operation costs ~10K units of gas. We observed a decrease by a factor of 3 to 6 of the gas consumed by such contracts.

RPC changes

  • Remove deprecated RPCs and deprecated fields in RPC answers related to voting periods. (MR !2763; Issue #1204)

  • The RPC ../<block_id>/required_endorsements has been removed. (MR !2386)

  • Replace deposit by deposits in frozen_balance RPC. (MR !2751)

  • All the protocol-specific RPCs under the helpers path have been moved from the protocol to the recently introduced RPC plugin. This change should not be visible for end-users but improves the maintainability of these RPCs. (MR !2811)

  • Added a new RPC to retrieve several Big Map values at once: /chains/<chain_id>/blocks/<block_id>/context/big_maps/<big_map_id>?offset=<int>&length=<int>. This API is meant for dapp developers to improve performance when retrieving many values in a big map. (MR !2855)

Metadata changes

In block metadata, two new fields are added: - liquidity_baking_escape_ema representing the new value of the exponential moving average for the liquidity baking escape vote. - implicit_operations_results representing results of operations not explicitly appearing in the block, namely migration operations at protocol activation and the liquidity baking subsidy operation at each block.

In turn, two deprecated fields are removed: level (use level_info instead) and voting_period_kind (use voting_period_info instead). (MR !2763)

In the balance updates of a block metadata, the new origin subsidy has been introduced, besides the existing ones: block application and protocol migration. (MR !2897)

Minor changes

  • Realign voting periods with cycles. (MR !2838; Issue #1151)

  • Fix dangling temporary big maps preventing originating contracts with fresh big maps or passing fresh big maps to another contract. (MR !2839; Issue #1154)

  • Typing of PAIR k in Michelson no longer promotes @ annotations on the stack to % annotations in the result type. (MR !2815)

  • Fix overconservative detection of overflows in Michelson mutez multiplication, and reported error trace when multiplication is overflowing. (MR !2947; Issues #958 #972)

  • Fix handling of potential integer overflow in Time_repr addition. (MR !2660)

  • If gas remains for an operation after it gets executed, the remaining gas also gets consumed from the block allowance. (MR !2880)

  • Increased the max operation time to live (max_op_ttl) from 60 to 120. (MR !2828)

  • Other internal refactorings or documentation. (MRs !2559 !2563 !2593 !2741 !2808 !2862 !2897 !2932 !2995)