Project Roadmap

The Aleph Zero 
Roadmap

The Aleph Zero Roadmap is a dedicated space to present the growth of the project. It’s divided into three main sections: Completed, In Progress, and Next. Those sections consist of different Phases of network development. By clicking on each of the features, you can learn more about them.

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Phase 1

Aleph asynchronous BFT consensus protocol appeared on AFT'19 peer-reviewed conference: https://dl.acm.org/doi/10.1145/3318041.3355467
The PoC implementation is available in our repository (https://github.com/aleph-zero-foundation/consensus-go) and served as a basis for the first benchmarks.

Phase 2

Testing the sole consensus mechanism has yielded an impressive result of finalizing data corresponding in size to 89600 transactions per second with the sub-second latency.
The implementation served as a basis for protocol benchmarks in the paper.
Our novel signature protocol allows for fault attainability, which is a key property in building decentralized bridges to chains not enriched with smart contracts that use ECDSA signature, such as Bitcoin. It is available online: https://eprint.iacr.org/2020/498.pdf.
Our novel signature protocol allows for fault attainability, which is a key property in building decentralized bridges to chains not enriched with smart contracts that use ECDSA signature, such as Bitcoin. It is available online: https://eprint.iacr.org/2020/498.pdf.

Phase 3

Bread and butter of every blockchain - allowing users to transfer their tokens (in this case, AZERO) between accounts.
Polkadot.js is the most popular explorer and wallet in the Polkadot ecosystem. Besides allowing for transfers and exploring blocks, it has extensive developer-centric capabilities.
Swapping the default Substrate consensus, GRANDPA, for more performant and secure AlephBFT.
Adding technical possibility of changing the committee running the consensus.

Phase 4

Aleph Zero validators will be randomly reassigned for each session, based on the sum of their own stake and funds staked on them by the community.
Preparing for future chain upgrades to be performed on the fly, i.e., without the chain downtime.
Adding WASM-based smart contracts to Aleph Zero blockchain, together with deployment tutorials.
Benchmarks including testing just the consensus protocol, the whole chain with token transactions, smart contracts, all using various committee sizes from 10 to few hundred.
Researching the zero-knowledge proof subsystem of the native privacy layer on Aleph Zero. Detailed roadmap under construction.
Researching the zero-knowledge proof subsystem of the native privacy layer on Aleph Zero. Detailed roadmap under construction.

Phase 5

Preparing scripts and tutorials for the community to allow for running independent devnets and doing independent benchmarks of the chain.
The most crucial bridges, together with Aleph-centric bridge framework for all the bridges to come.
Dedicated chain explorer allowing for advanced options of exploring accounts.
Wallet designed by and dedicated to Aleph Zero chain.

Phase 6

Mechanisms allowing to send zero- or near-zero-fee transactions in certain situations.
Next step on the road to making Aleph Zero a blockchain hub.
A mechanism for orchestrating the order and the pace of an update of the validators binaries.
Explorer designed by our team focusing on specific features of Aleph Zero chain.
Prototyping Liminal-ZK and Liminal-MPC for a software-based privacy layer of Aleph Zero, and a productized version of said layer.
Prototyping Liminal-ZK and Liminal-MPC for a software-based privacy layer of Aleph Zero, and a productized version of said layer.