The future is what we make it

Our Burst roadmap helps us share what we’re working on next and the direction that we’re taking this project in. We decided to come up with something accessible and clear enough to help us open up 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.

New Blockchain Explorer

  • A new blockchain explorer was developed and released under GNU GPL license.

Cross-Platform Desktop/Web Wallet

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

Distributed Burst Network Explorer

  • Designed to be ultra-scalable, “WatchDog” is a distributed explorer featuring distributed peer discovery, a querying API, notifications, and more. Watchdog was/is developed by gpedro and can be reached via  watchdog.burst-alliance.org

Burst JavaScript Library (burstJS)

  • A Burst-specific JavaScript library which empowers application developers and facilitates in the development of a cross-platform wallet. It’s been published to npm as @burstjs and released under GNU GPL license.


Accessibility


Simplified softwares

  • Facilitating the installation and deployment of the Burst softwares 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.

Core improvements


Incoming Multi-Out Support in Wallet (CIP-19)

  • Recipients of multi-out payments will soon have the ability to see those transactions in their wallet just like any other transaction. This improvement was outlined by harry1453 in CIP-19.

Improved Smart Contracts (CIP-20)

  • An extended BURST smart contract framework named “BlockTalk” is being developed mainly by jjos which aids in the creation and deployment of smart contracts via Java as simple and concise language, and a simple interface for deploying to the blockchain. It includes tools and code snippets to assist in the process, and helps manage the minimal fees involved with running smart contracts. To support also the upcoming development of smart contracts in the BURST environment an AT-fee CIP (CIP-20) was introduced by frank_the_tank, jjos and burstjack.

Usability


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.

Cross-Platform Mobile Wallet (CIP-18)

  • A Cross-Platform Wallet Application “Phoenix” is being developed mainly by blankey1337 and ohager to support mobile devices, including iOS and Android. This wallet will feature increased security and a refreshed look and feel. The general motivation behind this new cross-platform Wallet Application is documented in CIP-18.

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.

Bi-Weekly Updates

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

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


New Features for Phoenix Desktop

  • Phoenix Desktop has more new features planned, including a full node installer, web version, node rotator, customizable dashboards, and several feature enhancements.


Accessibility


Decentralized Exchange

  • A decentralized exchange built using the improved smart contract solution currently in development.


Communication


Advertising

  • 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.

Core improvements


The Dymaxion

  • The combination of many technologies: tangles, lightning network, Proof-of-Capacity, ring signatures, zk-SNARKS in order to create a truly global, scalable and green cryptocurrency.


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.