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SuperNET Project ’Iguana’ to Birth a Chrome App, Increase Accessibility of its Technology
A new SuperNET project is underway and aims to lay the framework for SuperNET technology to be able to function on any device capable of running a Chrome app. The project, dubbed ‘Iguana’ has been generating quite the buzz at SuperNET Slack lately after lead developer jl777 announced the project and its corresponding private Slack group intended to keep progress focused and on track in the absence of naysayers, detractors and trolls.
When asked to summarize his vision regarding ‘Iguana’, jl777 described it as a “one click chrome app. It talks direct to the coin networks as a full peer. It is a polyglot client. Same code for BTC and all compatibles. Using native ramchains. This will allow direct integration of Pangea, Instantdex, Peggy, etc., without any reliance on public nodes for anything.”
Ramchains are a critical technology in the SuperNET repertoire that will allow many of its functions to be carried out. They are essentially a subset of files on the user’s computer that serve as a lightweight distillation of the blockchain that contain all of the necessary data but take up just a fraction of the hard drive space and computer resources relative to a full blockchain.
Ramchains for Bitcoin are estimated to be capable of loading onto a device in as little as 30 minutes and processing within 8 hours. The full Bitcoin blockchain can otherwise take up to one full week to load onto a device. Furthermore, the Bitcoin ramchain files consume an estimated 15GB of hard drive space, relative to the full Bitcoin blockchain which is currently in excess of 50 GB. Chrome apps are currently limited to 10GB of space so the app will likely be unable to run a full Bitcoin ramchain at first, although solutions are being explored and will eventually be implemented.
These lightweight blockchain files are what will allow SuperNET technology to scale across all devices and operating systems, most importantly mobile devices. The extent to which widespread adoption and use of decentralized blockchain technology is achieved is ultimately going to depend on how well it can be implemented into mobile devices and operating environments and ‘Iguana’ and its underlying ramchain technology is the foundation of SuperNET’s plans to bring its technology forth to a wider population.
Aside from allowing SuperNET technology to scale to mobile devices, jl777 also envisions being able to eventually use the technology in such a way that revenue and dividends generated by Pangea could be automatically processed and distributed, making it perhaps a fully functional decentralized autonomous company.
‘Iguana’ development is already underway. Although the technology is not yet stable, jl777 has said that it is evolving quickly and that once it is stable he will be able to recompile mobile versions. The app itself is estimated to take up approximately 1MB of space once completed.
To keep yourself up to date with the latest on the ‘Iguana’ project, point your browser towards the ‘Iguana’ wiki.