Last week I went to Unchained Live in New York city. It was interesting to hear Vitalik’s thoughts on the current state of Ethereum and Laura asked tough and thought provoking questions as always. After the show I met Dan Robinson who had released the rainbow network paper hours before. I explained to him why I’m building Ellipticoin and not an Ethereum 2.0 implementation. I decided to write more about that in a separate post here. I got to talk to a lot of of other people about Ellipticoin as well and it got me excited to come home and get back to work!

Probably the most exciting news this week is that I’ve got a simple testnet up and running!

There are three miners running on DigitalOcean servers with a simple block explorer setup here.

The miners are all running a proof of work algorithm I thought up called hashfactor. Here’s a gist describing how it works.

I started implementing hashcash in Rust but it seemed more complicated than it needed to be. Hashfactor functions similar to hashcash although it’s simpler to implement and the the proof of work value is an integer instead of a hash with leading zeros. It’s also simpler to calculate how many hashes are required on average to produce a valid value.

I also switched Ellipticoin’s peer to peer networking layer from libp2p to Perlin network’s noise protocol. I was having trouble getting libp2p to work properly in tests and couldn’t figure out how to set up kademlia easily. This could be be because the rust implementation is still young. In any case, Noise seems to be simpler and easier to use a the moment. I set up noise with kademlia and echd in about 100 lines of go code. Switching p2p protocols was fairly painless. Network adapters in ellipticoin define two methods broadcast(message) and receive(message) which do what you’d expect them to do where message is a raw binary message.

I’m following Perlin closely and I’m fairly active on their Discord channel. They’re building a smart contract platform that runs WebAssembly as well although they’re using Snowflake to Avalanche consensus. The software they’ve open sourced so far has been very high quality. I plan to write an implementation of Ellipticoin in Golang at some point and use their Life Virtual Machine as well. Their WebAssembly interface isn’t released yet but I’ve played around with their smart contract framework. Currently our interfaces are a bit different but my goal is to aim for interoperability whenever possible. I’d love for Ellipticoin smart contracts to be run on the Perlin network as well. I believe in the future there will be many blockchains used for different purposes and tradeoffs. Interoperability allows users to move to the best platform instead of being stuck using an incumbent technology.

Finally I added a roadmap of Ellipticoin’s consensus mechanism.

The next step is to get transaction and smart contract processing working again and at that point I’ll have everything I need to go live!

As always I’d love to hear anyone’s feedback on any of this. Swing by the Telegram chat room and say hello!

Until next time,