Welcome everyone! We are proud to be able to bring you breaking news for the Burst community. I am sure most of you are tired of seeing announcements released over and over, with very little backing them up. This announcement is not just words, but a real release bringing a new tool to the Burst ecosystem.
The PoC Consortium (PoCC) has just released information regarding a new development for the Burst community! For those of you who haven’t read about the PoCC, and their goals for the community, please read their announcement at https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=2080040.0 . In following their goal to underpromise and overdeliver, they have released a new network observer.
The Burst network observer, located at https://explore.burst.cryptoguru.org/tool/observe, is available for everyone to use, and will become another “always on”, permanent installation provided by the PoCC. What is different between this new observer and https://github.com/de-luxe/burstcoin-observer/releases as used,for example, on http://status.burstcontrol.com:7777/network, http://burstcoin.cc/, http://burst.btfg.space:81/ etc.? For the most part, this observer monitors the entire Burst network using a different technique called recursive descent. What this does, is not rely on peer wallets, but crawl the entire network to get a better overview of it in its entirety. The initial information provided by the observer was both good, and bad. The good: the network is much larger than previously thought…over 400 nodes running at any one time. The bad: it showed that the network was in pretty bad shape, populated with outdated, stuck, forked, etc. nodes. But, there is even good found in the bad news. The PoCC’s position on this problem “is that each successful cure needs a good diagnosis first.” Meaning, that now that we better see what the problem is, work can be done to correct it.
The observer is currently crawling the network, so you will see a discrepancy between the number of nodes stated above (400+), and what the observer is currently showing. What everyone is able to see, is the global distribution of nodes according to country, broken down to their individual software versions, and node status (stuck, valid, resync). Of course, what we want is a very healthy network, and as work is being done to make that a reality, you can watch the number of “unhealthy” nodes gradually decrease over time.
We have opened a discussion topic at Discuss New Observer Here for the community about this new release, and encourage everyone to participate. Be sure to keep an eye on the announcements forums to stay current all all new things Burst!