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Dev Release 32

May 16, 2024

Greetings BlockDAG Community,


Developing SHA3, the cryptographic hash function, wasn't a straightforward task, especially when integrating it into a BlockDAG blockchain system. Here's a fictionalized story of the challenges we faced during the development process.

SHA-3 in BlockDAG:

In the heart of our development lab, a team of blockchain engineers gathered around a whiteboard, deep in discussion about implementing SHA3 into our BlockDAG protocol. The excitement of enhancing security and efficiency in our blockchain was palpable, but little did we know the hurdles that lay ahead.The journey began optimistically, with our team diving headfirst into the specifications of SHA3. We meticulously dissected the algorithm, understanding its inner workings and cryptographic properties. However, as we delved deeper, we realized that integrating SHA3 into our BlockDAG architecture was not as seamless as we initially thought. One of the first challenges we encountered was the computational overhead. 


SHA3, being a complex cryptographic algorithm, demanded significant computational resources. In BlockDAG system where every node is expected to perform numerous hash calculations, this posed a scalability issue. Our early simulations revealed a notable increase in processing time and resource consumption, threatening the system's performance.To mitigate this, we experimented with various optimization techniques, from parallel processing to hardware acceleration. While these approaches showed promise in reducing computation time, they introduced new complexities in maintaining consensus and synchronicity across the BlockDAG. Achieving a delicate balance between performance and security became our paramount concern.

As we pushed forward, another obstacle emerged – data fragmentation. BlockDAGs, unlike traditional blockchains, store data in a more distributed and interconnected manner. This posed a challenge for SHA3, which relies on sequential hashing of data blocks. Our attempts to adapt SHA3 to accommodate the dynamic structure of a BlockDAG led to data fragmentation issues, compromising the integrity of the blockchain.In our pursuit of a solution, we revisited the fundamentals of BlockDAG architecture, exploring novel approaches to data organization and traversal. By reimagining how transactions were propagated and validated within the BlockDAG, we devised a hybrid hashing scheme that leveraged both SHA3 and customized cryptographic primitives tailored to the DAG structure. This hybrid approach not only addressed data fragmentation but also enhanced the overall security and efficiency of our blockchain.After this much of effort and collaboration, we finally achieved a breakthrough – a robust implementation of SHA3 within our BlockDAG protocol. Our blockchain now stood resilient against security threats while maintaining scalability and decentralization. The challenges we faced along the way had not only tested our technical prowess but also forged a stronger, more resilient team ready to tackle the next frontier in blockchain innovation.

X1 Miner application status:

Apart from the blockchain development, a parallel team is working on the X1 miner application, let's get into the current progress for that commitment:

As we're near to the delivery of the first phase of X1 Miner application, we are working on security pointers for the App users and for their privacy. We are implementing cache feature in the app so it can load without any delay. As we are also moving forward with the deployment architecture, as we are going to use Kubernetes so the App backend will be up all the time and it will be able to manage all of the users seamlessly.


Our Beta Version of X1 Miner App is Ready for App Store Approvals in 24-48 Hours! :star2:


Hold onto your hats, folks! The moment we've all been eagerly anticipating is almost here. Our team has been hard at work crafting something truly extraordinary, and we're thrilled to announce that the beta version of our app is set to be submitted for approval on all app stores within the next 24 to 48 hours! Ready for launch on June 1st.

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