About Burstcoin
History

From its creation by an unknown developer thru today, Burstcoin has had an eventful history.  Here you can read about the history of Burstcoin.

Roadmap

With recent accomplishments, current activities, near-term and long-term goals, the Burstcoin Roadmap is the high level planning document guiding Burstcoin development.

Whitepaper

Burstcoin is a code fork of NXT, which is a fork of Bitcoin.  There are several constituent white papers .  The official whitepaper of Burstcoin is the Burst Dymaxion.

Development

Burstcoin development is community based.  Leadership is provided by several organizations formed to  address specific areas of development.

The future is what we make it

The Burstcoin roadmap helps us share what we have accomplished, what we are working on next, plans for the near-term, and the direction that we are taking this project. The roadmap is intended to be accessible and clear enough to help open a practical dialogue with the community.

These are the achieved tasks starting from August 2017.

Core improvements

Code refactoring

  • Improving structure and readability with a focus on simplicity and flexibility. Getting rid of old code from the NXT wallet.Paving the way for more advanced modifications.

Improving stability and reliability

  • Improving the overall stability of wallets and nodes in order to maximize the security and reliability of the network.
  • Better debugging and logging

Better development efficiency

  • Adding new procedures such as Unit-Tests, improving the API and other advanced components.

Soft fork: Dynamic node capabilities

  • Making the mempool size configurable to better adjust to the node capabilities.

Hard Fork: Dynamic block size and transaction fees

  • Making transaction cost and block size dynamic values to be better able to cope with varying transactional load on the Burst blockchain.

PoC2 protocol

  • A minimally invasive way to achieve time-memory tradeoff resistance, while keeping the currently used plots functional.

Usability

Mobile Payment infrastructure

  • Bringing Burst closer to the ‘real economy’ by enhancing mobile payments, a vital feature for merchants.

Accessibility

Simplified software

  • Facilitating the installation and deployment of the Burst software and packages for the end user.

Infrastructure

New tools and services

  • Providing the current explorers and observers with new tools and infrastructure.

Websites overhaul

  • Updating and improving the content, organization and aspect of the main Burst websites.

These tasks are currently being actively developed.

Core improvements

Incoming Multi-Out Support in Wallet

  • Recipients of multi-out payments will soon have the ability to see those transactions in their wallet just like any other transaction.

Improved Smart Contracts

  • Project Rosetta will simplify the process of creating Burst Smart Contracts. Future improvements will optimize the smart contract executions as well as reduction in cost per line of execution.

Usability

Burst JavaScript Library

  • A Burst-specific JavaScript library is being developed to empower application developers and to facilitate in the development of a cross-platform wallet.

New Blockchain Explorer

  • A new blockchain explorer is being developed which will be available in both a thin client and full node standard version.

Cross-Platform Desktop/Web Wallet

  • A Cross-Platform Wallet UI “Phoenix” is being developed to support desktop (OSX, Windows, Linux), and web. This wallet will feature increased security and a refreshed look and feel.

Burst Application Management

  • A Burst Application Manager “Easy2Burst” is being developed to streamline the installation of Burst core, tools and components; it will also simplify the blockchain download process and centralize Burst account management.

Distributed Burst Network Explore

  • Designed to be ultra-scalable, “WatchDog” is a distributed explorer currently in development. It features distributed peer discovery, a querying API, notifications, and more.

New Pool Software

  • New pool software is being developed and licensed under the GNU GPLv3, so everyone can run a pool without concerns over licensing if they wish to do so.

Accessibility

More exchange gateways

  • Getting Burst listed on more exchanges and expanding the trading of Burst for fiat.

Development and Retail Adoption Bounty Programs

  • To encourage adoption, the Burst Marketing Fund (BMF) has been organizing and already started rolling out various development and retail-related bounty programs.

Communication

Advertising

  • A bounty program has been started which rewards BURST for users who generate YouTube videos about Burst, its mining software, and tools.

Weekly Updates

  • The Weekly Burst Report will continue to be published and produced under the flag of the Burst Alliance.

These tasks are near-term projects.

Core improvements

Wallet Auto-Updater and Multi-Signature Verification

  • It is important that Burst nodes stay up to date, and that the process of software delivery be safeguarded against malicious actors or centralized authorities.
  • An auto-update feature coupled with a multi-signature signing process helps ensure that Burst nodes remain up-to-date and secure.

Usability

Cross-Platform Mobile Wallet

  • A Cross-Platform Wallet Application “Phoenix” is being developed to support mobile devices, including iOS and Android. This wallet will feature increased security and a refreshed look and feel.

Communication

Advertising

  • To coincide with the release of the “Phoenix” mobile wallet, the BMF will use social media ads and other methods to help drive users to the new mobile wallet.
  • Redesign of the burst-coin.org website.
  • Pushing community articles with paid advertising to reach a larger target audience.

More Bounty Programs

  • To further encourage adoption, the Burst Marketing Fund (BMF) will open new bounty programs and conduct hackathons.

These projects are identified a long-term.

Core improvements

PoC3 Protocol

  • Taking over a custodian role in globally distributed redundant storage by allowing to store important information in plot files.

Usability

Wallet implementation in other languages

  • Creating new wallet software written in languages other than Java, allowing better flexibility for the end user and potential performance gains.

Communication

Large-scale promotional campaigns

  • Creating/Increasing brand recognition via social media to help promote the introduction of the PoC3 Protocol.

Disclaimer: This roadmap is likely to be subject to future revisions and modifications. It does not represent a promise of development of any sort, but rather an indication of the direction taken by the development team at a given time.

Disclaimer: This roadmap is likely to be subject to future revisions and modifications. It does not represent a promise of development of any sort, but rather an indication of the direction taken by the development team at a given time.