Roadmap

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The Idea

Founder noticed investment in QC development, ECDSA being deprecated by the NSA and given the vulnerability in all existing blockchain ledgers conceived the idea of a post-quantum ledger.

Creation of post-quantum secure hash-based digital signature library

August 2016
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Proof of work

Creation of a POW ledger utilising Merkle signature scheme addresses with Winternitz and Lamport one-time signatures.

September 2016
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Whitepaper Release

After discussion with developers, post-quantum cryptographers and research into existing roadmap of blockchain technology, the whitepaper was written to provide an overview of quantum resistant methodologies. The Winternitz OTS+ and Extended Merkle Signature Scheme (XMSS) were identified as the optimal solutions. This investigation also revealed the necessity of QRL to stand alone as a network with interoperability in the later pipeline.

November 2016
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POS

Design of a proof-of-stake algorithm (POS)

December 2016
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Node

Prototype node development with basic POS algorithm and integration of XMSS signatures

January 2017
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Node

Design and launch of the first iteration of the block explorer

February 2017
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Private testnet

Iterative testing of POS algorithmic updates

March 2017
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Alpha testnet

Launch of the Alpha testnet with nodes running on MacOS, Linux, Windows on hardware including Raspberry Pi.

Private seed presale round opens.

April 2017
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Early access token presale

If hard cap not met then public ICO May 24th.

Start of integration of Ephemeral messaging layer to enable end-end secure data channels

May 2017
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Public testnet

Node optimisation with C++. Golang node creation.

Internode encrypted communication (‘new hope’ lattice-based cryptography)

June 2017
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Genesis block

September 2017
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Ephemeral

Continued active node development

Completion of Ephemeral to be signature scheme agnostic.

Light client development

Light client API to enable apps and web enabled devices to access the QRL

Internode messaging compression

Research and development - post-quantum multi-signature transactions

October 2017-2018
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PQ secure digital identification

Blockchain based ultra secure digital ID.

Leveraging Ephemeral messaging layer with off chain services: PQ secure data channels, PQ secure comms, PQ secure messenger services, PQ secure VOIP, PQ secure VPN.

PQ secure provenance and proof-of-existence services.

Feasibility of smart contract integration.

2018-2019