Shift: v7.0t activation has been postponed, Project site has been updated
Biweekly update 12th April — 26th April
The issue the team was facing during these two weeks showed that many roadblocks must still be overcome before the Shift Core v7.0t activation. The issue was that large differences in the peer lists held by some Phoenix peers have emerged. In light of the current situation and due to the small time frame the team presently has in which to resolve the issue, they have decided it is in the best interests of the integrity of the chain to postpone the activation of Shift Core v7.0t until they are comfortable an eventuality such as that outlined above should not occur. As all peers detecting each other and correctly communicating is fundamental to the health of a peer-to-peer network that, resolving this issue definitively has now become their top priority. Last week the newly improved Shift Project website with more updates to follow in the coming weeks and bounties available to graphic designers wishing to contribute appeared. As for marketing and social encounters, the team is still fully focused on development. As Shift vice-president Werner Heisenberg mentioned: “The concept of conferences is something for the future”. During these weeks, Shift showed little activity in the media landscape. The community of shifters continues to grow slowly. Social media dynamics shows that it remains virtually unchanged. There is a slight fluctuation in the number of subscribers of Shift social media channels these weeks. For those who aren’t familiar, the team switched from Ryver to the more popular Discord, as one of the team’s goals is to build a larger community and the crypto scene represents a major source of potential members. Serious obstacles yet to be tackled. Stay tuned!
The table above illustrates low development activity.
A lot of the information is private at present. Shift has also private GitHub repositories.
by Shift Team in Newsletter on April 23, 2019:
The team is currently carrying out an upgrade of the testnet version of Shift Core in order to allow the activation of functionalities that fully integrates the blockchain with the Phoenix IPFS cluster. They are now at an intermediary stage in this process, with the majority of forging testnet delegates having upgraded their nodes to version 6.9t and the cluster having been joined by peers run on systems owned by a number of members of the community. This intermediary stage was begun by switching to Shift Core v6.9t from v6.8.4t, a version that was not designed to support a major version upgrade. Following the resolution of this step, they planned to proceed with the activation of the new LOCK and PIN functions on this new cluster, by releasing the major upgrade of Shift Core v7.0t and making it mandatory for forging delegates to be running it by a particular block height.
An issue has emerged in the running of the Phoenix Cluster, sufficient enough to lead the team to conclude that their initial rollout schedule will need to be amended. In order to keep you fully informed of their progress, the team outlines the nature of the issue encountered.
The LOCK mechanism used for the claiming of storage capacity within the Shift storage network uses a real time value in order to complete its pricing formula, with the pricing formula providing the system a means of determining the amount of SHIFT tokens required to stake a claim to a given number of bytes on the network at any given time. The process of collecting cluster statistics in order to reach that real time value is conducted in such a way as to ensure decentralization, with all blockchain peers gathering a figure for clusterSize (representing the total amount of disk space being offered by all storage node operators) from a randomly assigned Phoenix peer every 10th block. Once they each have a figure, consensus on the appropriate figure is reached by majority and subsequently written to the chain. As you may be able to imagine, in order to reach an accurate figure and do so consistently, it is necessary that all Phoenix peers are able see each other and ascertain accurate information on capacity. If this is not the case, the correct running of the pricing formula and the economic system that manages the network is compromised.
The issue the team is currently facing is that large differences in the peer lists held by some Phoenix peers have emerged. At the point of receiving a request for the clusterSize, each Phoenix peer will gather the data from the participants they see in the network, pinging the other Phoenix peers to see both how many are part of the network, and how much disk space each peer is offering: Blockchain peer A pings Phoenix peer C, while at the same time blockchain peer B pings Phoenix peer D. Following this, both Phoenix peers C and D start pinging the Phoenix peers they see and ask each peer on their peer list what diskSize they are offering in order to reach a total figure for clusterSize. Now, ideally, both Phoenix peers C and D should see exactly same peers in the network. If not, they could potentially communicate very different values for the clusterSize to their relevant blockchain peer. Technically this is not always a problem, as some tolerance for minor differences is permitted. However, it becomes a big problem when the differences occur too often and at too great a scale.
Different Phoenix peers are seeing different numbers of peers online in the network. The end result of this, is that were they to move forward with the upgrade to v7.0t or continue in the current version, as soon as the blockchain peers began receiving the differing values for the total clusterSize forks would result due to the clusterSize values now being included in the data written to blocks.
Therefore, if on Thursday, April 25th, they preceded with the activation scheduled for block 2,725,930 and commenced with writing this new and impermissibly inconsistent data, the chain would soon start forking and eventually stop. That is something they very much want to avoid.
In light of the current situation and due to the small time frame the team presently has in which to resolve the issue, they have decided it is in the best interests of the integrity of the chain to postpone the activation of Shift Core v7.0t until they are comfortable an eventuality such as that outlined above should not occur. As all peers detecting each other and correctly communicating is fundamental to the health of a peer-to-peer network that, resolving this issue definitively has now become their top priority.
The team will postpone the activation of Shift Core v7.0t by releasing v6.9.1t. This version, like the current v6.9.0t, runs the exact same source code as Shift Core v7.0t. Unlike these others, however, it will not include a set activation by block height. Once this is done, they will then proceed with diagnosing the issue and, when a solution is found, patch Phoenix. Following this, as soon as it is established that the majority of the Phoenix Cluster peers are running the new version, they will be able to proceed with the release of Shift Core v7.0t, which will include new code for triggering the activation according to a newly established block height.
The team already has several theories that could explain what is causing the online/offline peers issue, and they are doing all that is necessary to test these theories for the purpose of getting to its root. As they are dealing with an unanticipated eventuality, it is conceivable that the issue could be resolved relatively quickly. Estimating a time frame without knowing the precise origin is inherently difficult. It is thus not out of the realm of possibility that creating a patch that fixes the issue could take several weeks. The team is asking that everyone currently running a Phoenix node remain on standby and be prepared for us to issue diagnostic patches during the troubleshooting process. Updating quickly when one of these patches is ready could help them find the root of the issue more quickly and restart the transition to Shift Core v7.0t. In addition, since the source code of Shift Core v7.0t has now been made public, they do also want to encourage any willing and able members of the community to help the team reviewing the code of the blockchain integration.
- Check out the newly improved Shift Project website:
More updates to follow in the coming weeks and bounties available to graphic designers wishing to contribute.
- From Official Discord channel:
Ralf S (Shift President and Lead Developer) on February 1st, 2019:
“In response to the market downturn, we began minimizing team expenses a good deal of time ago. This is perhaps something that has been evident in our decision to focus on development rather than marketing. In light of that decision, we have been able to sustain progress on the Shift Project, and have the funds necessary to continue in this manner long term, if necessary.”
- From Official Ryver chat:
Ralf S (Shift President and Lead Developer) on December 20th, 2018:
“Still making progress on the backend every day. But I admit it’s an awful lot of work. We’ve received various request in DM to show something to the public. But it’s mainly code work we’re doing now, no eye candy. But I guess I can share a bit of what we’re working on right now. I will paste some screens in our Discord channel.”
- Press Release: Shift Project Public Testnet (April 18th, 2019):
- From Official Telegram Group:
Werner Heisenberg (Vice-president and Operations manager) on October 23rd, 2018:
“The concept of conferences is something for the future”.
- SHIFT is now listed on Cryptofacil Exchange (powered by Bittrex Exchange).
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Partnerships and team members
- From Official Discord channel:
Werner Heisenberg (Vice-president and Operations manager):
From Official Discord channel:
Werner Heisenberg (Vice-president and Operations manager) on February 1st, 2019:
“The next development milestone will focus on a Proof-of-Spacetime algorithm that is used to verify whether storage providers are hosting the content they should be hosting. Based on those results storage providers will be rewarded (at the blockchain level) for their services.”
- Proof of Concept: New Shift Website
- Introductory White Paper (First of Four)
- Storage Cluster Optimization
- Hydra Decentralized CMS: Pre-Alpha Release
- Shift Core 6.7.1t
- Shift Core 6.7.2t
- Shift Core 6.7.3t: Block Reward Division
- Shift Core 6.8.0t
- Shift Core 6.8.1t: dApp Ready
- Decentralized Blockchain Explorer
- Shift Core 6.7.1: Emergency Patch
- Shift Core 6.8.2t
- Shift Core 6.8.2
- Fully Stable Sidechain
Hydra Decentralized CMS: Alpha Release — Q2, 83% completed.
Phoenix — Q4, 90% completed. Priority.
Blockchain Integration with Phoenix — Q4, 83% completed. Priority.
Nano Wallet Update v2.0.0 — Q4, 33% completed. Priority.
Atomic Swaps — TBD, 0% completed. New.
New Shift Core: New Consensus Algorithm — TBD, 37% completed.
Phoenix Websocket Communication — TBD, 0% completed.
Decentralized Cluster Consensus — TBD, 5% completed.
Improved Shift Chain — TBD, 33% completed.
New Shift Website — TBD, 50% completed.
- Animation Series: Blockchain
- Collaboration: Coins and Steel
- Screencast: Phantom dApp Quickstart Guide
Shift Project Progress Report — Q4, 80% completed. New.
Partnership: To Be Revealed — Q4, 0% completed. New.
Phoenix Pilot Program — Q4, 0% completed. New.
Screencast: Decentralized Storage Solution — Q4, 0% completed. New.
Applying for New Exchange Listings — TBD, 0% completed. New.
Introductory Business White Paper — TBD, 90% completed.
Financial White Paper — TBD, 0% completed.
- SHIFT — Decentralize The Web — Web 3.0 — Partnership Announcement — Decentralized File Storage — video review on CryptoRevolution Youtube channel.
- Use the Shift Bot, which provides real-time insight into the blockchain events of the Shift Project.
Social media metrics
- Community Update: Forum transition from Ryver to Discord.
Shift community grows slowly, social media dynamics shows that it remains virtually unchanged. There is a slight fluctuation in the number of subscribers of Shift social media channels these weeks.
Telegram — Discussion about updates, voting, marketing and coding.
See also unofficial Shift Telegram News Channel.
Facebook (since March 2016) — Announcements, 10–30 likes, 1–2 shares.
Twitter (since February 2016) — Average number of retweets is 25–50 for one post (tweet about new decentralized website got 351 retweets, December 31st, 2017).
Official Discord channel — Discussion on voting, roadmap, and bounties.
Bitcointalk.org: since August 17th, 2015. Discussion on FAQs, latest news, videos, exchanges etc. Last post — on April 23th, 2019.
See also unofficial Shift forum: Delegate proposals mostly.
There are also Tools for Analyze Delegates:
- Analyzer tool ( develop by snatic delegate)
- Dutchpool (created by dutchpool team)
- Dpostool (created by delegate Vekexasia)
The graph above shows the dynamics of changes in the number of Shift Reddit subscribers, Twitter followers and Facebook likes. The information is taken from Coingecko.com.