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As you know, Hiro has been working on a high-throughput, low-latency scaling solution for Stacks called hyperchains. Check out a new hyperchains demo here and stay tuned for another blog update on our progress later this week, but today we have a different kind of community update: we need to rename hyperchains. The trademark for “Hyperchain'' is already registered, and in order to avoid any potential issues, we want to make this change as swiftly as possible.
Note: hyperchains have been officially renamed subnets. Learn more here.
Hyperchains exist within a larger web3 universe. There are several considerations to take when proposing a name for open-source scaling infrastructure for Stacks. At Hiro, we believe in the following approach:
Brand naming conventions vary across web3 projects, L2s in particular. For example, popular Ethereum L2s tend to have more abstract names (e.g. Boba, Aztec). In the Bitcoin world, open-source projects and applications often have abstract, lightning-related themes or derivative names such as Bolt and Voltage. Hyperchains, of course, is a descriptive name quickly conveying its intention. It was a good name—too bad we weren’t the first ones to think so.
We want the hyperchains project to stand on its own and have a descriptive name that implies function while also separating us from existing projects on Bitcoin. That’s why we’re suggesting a pivot back to the original term for it: subnets.
We strongly recommend pivoting the name “hyperchains” back to “subnets” for a handful of reasons.
We’re not finalizing this pivot just yet. We want to give the Stacks community ample time to weigh in on the new (or old) name for hyperchains. Here’s how you can join the conversation.
We hope to finalize the new name by the end of August.
If you’re excited about the name subnets like we are, share a subnets meme on Twitter and use the #subnetmemes hashtag and tag us @hirosystems. Here’s a meme from Hiro to get your brainstorming started.