Software to enable a decentralized world.
All peer-to-peer networks built using Shardus will benefit from sharding and auto-scaling to provide high throughput, low latency, and immediate finality while maintaining the highest level of decentralization and security.
The supporting technology that allows for these features is our unique Shardus Consensus Algorithm, which is based on Proof-of-Quorum, in combination with the Shardus Distributed Ledger, which addresses the problems of linear scaling and state sharding as the network grows.
The Shardus Token is an ERC-20 compliant token. The token is distributed for direct services contributed to the Shardus project and used for licensing the Shardus software. If you want to earn Shardus tokens, please let us know what you can do for the project. A report of distributed tokens is published each month.
The Shardus Token was previously called the "Unblocked Ledger Token" with the symbol ULT. It may still be listed on other sites with this name and symbol. Tokens available in the market are offered by individuals who have earned the tokens. The Shardus project does not trade it's token.
We offer various bounties for finding errors, video production, referring developers and more. Current bounties can be found here.
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Simulation and study of consensus algorithms started.
Design of consensus algorithm and distributed ledger started.
Specifications for the consensus algorithm completed.
Specifications for the distributed ledger completed.
Small-scale testing of the consensus algorithm was carried out.
Legal opinion on the project funding model was obtained.
The website and whitepaper were developed.
The project was launched as Unblocked Ledger Coin. No ICO needed.
The core team has been expanded with more developers.
The Project was rebranded from Unblocked Ledger to Shardus.
The Shardus Consensus Algorithm for a single shard was developed.
Large-scale testing of the Shardus Consensus Algorithm was carried out on global network.
The Shardus mobile app and web wallet were developed.
Videos, blog posts and other content explaining the Shardus project were developed.
The team gave a demo of the Drift concensus algorithm.
The first version of the Shardus server software will be developed using only one shard and simple transactions.
The Shardus mobile and web wallet will be updated to work with the Enterprise server.
The team gave a demo of 20 node unsharded network for simple coin transfer along with a mobile wallet app. The network got out of sync.
Node rotation, load detection, rate limiting and auto scaling added to the Shardus server software.
The Shardus mobile and web wallet will be updated to work with the Enterprise server.
The team gave a demo of a 20 node unsharded network with node rotation, auto-scaling and rate-limiting. The network ran at 50 TPS.
Lost node detection added to the server.
Initial implementation of sharding. Demo sharding in static network. Added lost node detection, transaction routing, cross shard consensus and communication, partition repair.
The team gave a demo of the development tools. Also demoed a 15 node sharded network with transactions hitting multiple shards. But the network was static with all nodes joining at the beginning.
Demo sharding in dynamic network. Support for archive server and data repair in progress.
The Liberdus payment network Website developed to build a community for the project.
The team demonstrated sharding in a dynamic network to acheive linear scaling. A 10 node sharded network was able to process 100 TPS and when it grew to 40 nodes it was able to process 400 TPS.
Support for archive server and data repair in progress.
The Liberdus payment network application was developed by forking the Shardus software and modifying the application layer.
The Liberdus wallet was developed with support for coin transfer, secure messaging, and DAO for funding projects and adjusting economic parameters.
The team demonstrated the Liberdus network and wallet
Converted code base to TypeScript. Rework of the Peer-to-peer network consensus code. Code converted to TypwScript. Archive server storing cycles. Auto NAT traversal. Node admin interface. Global accounts feature added. Docker image for Rasberry Pi. Improvement to the data repair code. Documentation rewrite.
The public Liberdus test network was released for validators to download the binaries and join the network.
The team demonstrated the proposal and voting features of the Liberdus DAO. Also demoed running a validator node for the Liberdus network using a VPS and Rasberry Pi.
Improvement to the data repair code. Archive Server feature enhancements. Code hardening.
Experiment with network parameters. Code hardening.
The team demonstrated rebooting a sharded network and recovering the state even when only a fraction of the nodes rejoin.
Merging of Enterprise and Global server. Trustless transaction verification. Map reduce for stats in sharded network. Archive Server feature enhancements. Sharded network stability improvement. Shardus CLI improvements.
Redesign of the Liberdus UI. Development of the Liberdus Explorer. Code hardening
The team demonstrated the Liberdus explorer, the new Liberdus UI and the trustless transaction verification system.
Archive servers are able join the network and sync with others.
Liberdus server stability improvements. Code hardening
The team demonstrated linear scaling on a network of AWS t3.miros running across 20 data centers. A sharded 20 node network was able to acheive 100 TPS and a sharded 200 node network was able to hit 1000 TPS.
The team tried to demonstrate auto-scaling, but had issies with nodes getting out of sync when the network was scaling down.
The gossip algorithm was improved. The team demonstrated auto-scaling and linear scaling, with a network of 20 nodes growing to 80 nodes as the transaction throughput increased. When the transaction load was decreased the network shrank back down to 20 nodes.
The team demonstrated the PeerSwap decentralized network built with Shardus. Also demonstrated linear and auto-scaling by growing a new network on AWS to 1000 nodes and achieving 5000 TPS.
The team demonstrated a prototype EVM compatible smart contract platform built on Shardus.
The team demonstrate and launched Shardeum Alphanet 1.0, an unsharded network of 10 nodes and throughput of 15 TPS.
The team demonstrated and launched Shardeum Alphanet 2.0 with sharding enabled and showed a 200 node network acheiving 100 TPS.
Shardus is a project with a mission to develop technology for the public benefit. It's focus is on advancing distributed ledger technology. The software developed by Shardus will be the foundation for global-scale decentralized networks. The Shardus software can be used as a starting point for other public or private decentralized networks by adding a custom transaction layer. Decentralized application which are built using Shardus will inherit many features including scalability, decentralization, effiency and sustainability. Applications built using Shardus will scale to accommodate more throughput as demand grows, simply by adding more nodes to the network.
Shardeum is a smart contract platform built using the Shardus software. It uses the Ethereum Virtual Machine and is 100% compatible with Ethereum. It will have bridges to Ethereum and many other networks. Shardeum will have high transaction throughput, very low transaction fees, and true decentralization.
Liberdus is the first application built using the Shardus software. It’s core function will be the payment network and coin. Liberdus will have very fast transaction times, very low transaction fees, and sustainable rewards for validators. Liberdus holders can participate in the future direction of the network by voting on economic parameters like transaction fees, validator rewards and a maintenance fund.
Yes, there is a token on the Ethereum network called Shardus with the symbol (ULT). In the past this token was called Unblocked Ledger Token before being renamed to Shardus. The token is given in exchange for code development and bounty completion. The token is given at a rate of $0.10 per token. The token is not sold in a presale or an ICO. Nor does the Shardus project sell the token on exchanges to raise funds.
The Shardus tokens are needed for licensing the Shardus software.
To obtain the tokens directly from the Shardus project, you need to contribute effort or resources to the project. Tokens cannot be obtained from the project for any form or money, crypto or fiat. If you are a developer you should fill out the Join form and apply to join the development team to earn tokens that way. We also post bounties from time to time and you can earn tokens by completing them. You can also buy or sell the tokens from an exchange or from those who have earned the token. The Shardus project is not involved with exchange listings or facilitating trades.
Once the project is completed, the source code will be made available under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license. After 50 years, it will be available under a Creative Commons BY license with no restrictions. Anyone interested in reviewing the code during development, may do so with a NDA which expires after the code is released.