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Bitcoincash.org Publishes Redesigned Website and Development Roadmap

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Bitcoin Cash (BCH) supporters have noticed the Bitcoincash.org website has been redesigned. The web portal hosts a comprehensive list of the network’s infrastructure including nodes, wallets, community services, and exchanges. Alongside the recent upgrade, the landing page leads to the BCH network’s development roadmap which highlights the plan to make bitcoin cash sound money that is usable by everyone in the world.

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All Things Bitcoin Cash

Bitcoincash.orgBitcoincash.org Publishes Redesigned Website and Development Roadmap has seen a complete overhaul as the page has a whole new look and feel for visitors who happen to stumble upon the website. The main emphasis of the web page showcases the benefits of peer-to-peer electronic cash that allows for cheap transactions on a secure and reliable blockchain. “[Bitcoin Cash] will enable new economies with low fee micro-transactions, large business transactions, and permissionless spending,” explains the website. Like the older version of the website, Bitcoincash.org features all the full node implementations that support the BCH network. This includes Bitcoin Unlimited, ABC, XT, Parity, Bitprim, Bcash, Bchd, and Copernicus. Each node window will take the visitor to the full node client’s webpage, where they can view the source code and binaries.

Bitcoincash.org Publishes Redesigned Website and Development Roadmap
The variety of full node implementations available for BCH.

The wallet section gives a bit more detail on what type of wallet people might be looking for and suggests a few methods of BCH programs that allow fast transactions and secure storage. This includes mobile wallets, desktop implementations, hardware wallets, and paper wallet generators. The community section lists services, projects, and the wide variety of exchanges that support the BCH network.

Bitcoincash.org Publishes Redesigned Website and Development Roadmap
Projects tethered to the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) protocol.

The newly refurbished site also has a logo section for people who want to download certain BCH graphics and even the Ubuntu bold and italic font. Moreover, Bitcoincash.org has a ‘getting started’ section which has various educational resources available for people just getting their feet wet in this vast ocean of innovative technology.

“Peer-to-peer (P2P) electronic cash is simply described as online money sent from one person to another without the need for a trusted third-party,” the introduction to the getting started page details.

Bitcoincash.org Publishes Redesigned Website and Development Roadmap
Infrastructure services that support Bitcoin Cash (BCH).

The BCH Roadmap for Optimizations and Protocol Upgrades

Bitcoincash.org has also published its roadmap, which gives details on the upcoming upgrades that are currently being developed and discussed. The very basics of the Bitcoin Cash is sound, the website explains, but it is not perfect. “It is prudent to make incremental improvements to the system with technically sound design and careful engineering. By implementing optimizations and protocol upgrades, peer-to-peer digital cash will scale many orders of magnitude beyond current limits,” the BCH roadmap reads. Furthermore, Bitcoincash.org details that technical improvements can be defined by the following three categories:

  • Enable Bitcoin Cash to scale from ~100 Tx/s to over 5,000,000 Tx/s. Protocol improvements must be made so that mass-parallelization can enable this level of transaction processing.
  • Improving the payment experience to ensure that it is instant and reliable. Transactions should be secure within three seconds.
  • Make Bitcoin Cash extensible. An extensible protocol makes future improvements less disruptive and provides a solid base for businesses and developers to build on.
Bitcoincash.org Publishes Redesigned Website and Development Roadmap
A visual of the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) development roadmap.

News.Bitcoin.com previously reported on the 2019 BCH hard fork specification draft proposal #143 on Github. The specifications discussed the possible implementation of Schnorr signatures and re-enabling the following opcodes: OP_Mul, OP_Invert, OP_Lshift, and OP_Rshift. Bitcoincash.org’s roadmap notes that in order for BCH to become a solid base for application, development and innovation must continuously improve and compete. “Working together, we can build a technical foundation to empower Bitcoin Cash to be the best money the world has ever seen.” The development documentation also includes an infographic on the roadmap that was originally published on Aug. 24, 2018.

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Images via Bitcoincash.org and Shutterstock. 


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Bitcoin Cash Node Bchd Syncs in Just Over an Hour With Fast Mode

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The developers behind the Bchd project have announced the launch of version 0.13.0-beta2 alongside the client’s ‘fast sync mode.’ With the latest fast sync option, instead of downloading 140GB of data stemming from the chain’s genesis, Bchd users can download roughly 3GB and have the client running in just over an hour.

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A Much Faster Bitcoin Cash Chain Sync

Bchd programmers have been steadily improving the full node implementation of the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) blockchain written in the programming language Golang (Go). The developers working on the project released the first beta version on Nov. 18 and the following day launched the lightweight wallet with enhanced privacy features, Neutrino. The same day, the programmers published Bchd version 0.13.0-beta2 with fast sync mode. The client’s feature allows the initial chain sync to download in record time.

Bitcoin Cash Node Bchd Syncs in Just Over an Hour With Fast Mode

“Prior to this release the only way to get a full node running was to download and validate the full 140GB blockchain from genesis — This process usually takes about a half a day or longer depending on your system,” explained the Bchd beta2 announcement.

The developers continued:   

With this release you can run bchd using the fastsync option and it will download only about 3GB of data and be up and running in a little over an hour.

The Bitcoin Cash UTXO Set and IPFS

The method behind the latest Bchd component is the Inter-Planetary File System (IPFS), an open-source protocol and network that leverages a distributed protocol for file storage. Bchd programmers detailed that a user can simply download a checkpointed copy of the unspent transaction output (UTXO) set at block height 556767 from IPFS, then confirm the Elliptic Curve Multiset Hash (ECMH) of the UTXO against a hardcoded checkpoint and simply sync full blocks to the tip.

Bitcoin Cash Node Bchd Syncs in Just Over an Hour With Fast Mode
BCH UTXO set on IPFS

Bchd developers emphasized that fast sync mode means there’s no need to download the entire chain, but in contrast to a ‘pruned node,’ blocks recorded over time are not deleted. If Bchd users want to prune in the traditional fashion, however, they can opt to with the fast sync process.

“If you have the IPFS daemon running on localhost, it will download the UTXO set via IPFS (and seed it to other users). If you don’t have IPFS running locally it will download it from an IPFS gateway,” the programmers noted. “We also are releasing a utxotool that lets any bchd user with a full node (synced from genesis) independently verify the hash of the UTXO set that we included in the checkpoint is correct.”

The Bchd project now has a website where visitors can find the full node Bitcoin Cash implementation written in Go. The website features the bchd 0.13.0-beta2 source code and binaries and the software for the project’s bchwallet 0.7.0-beta.

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