Divi Beta Notes: 5-tier Masternodes

Divi has entered the home stretch with our limited beta next week.  Since I finally have some breathing room, I thought that I’d share some of what we’ve been doing and where we’re going.

One of Divi’s most progressive features is our tiered masternode system, which enables five levels of affordability:

  • Diamond – 10,000,000 Divi
  • Platinum – 3,000,000 Divi
  • Gold – 1,000,000 Divi
  • Silver – 300,000 Divi
  • Copper – 100,000 Divi

Note:  The Divi community has voted to have a 100:1 split as part of the final release of our main net.  With today’s Divi price of ~$3.00, this means that a copper masternode will require ~$3,000 — a very reasonable masternode entry price with even lower tiers possible in the foreseeable future.

Masternodes were originally created by Dash to incorporate additional functionality (“InstantSend” and “PrivateSend”) to their network. These days, Dash masternodes are virtually unaffordable due to the coin’s rising price; new users are therefore locked out of increased returns and voting in Dash’s ecosystem. We have many ideas for new functionality that master nodes could provide – and will be announcing some of the most exciting possibilities shortly (think artificial and collective intelligence).  The fees for this new functionality will not only fund the increased returns of masternodes – but will also drive increased purchasing of  Divi, thus advancing the overall network value for all participants.  PIVX’s see-saw algorithm has been enhanced to adjust the relative populations of the various tiers of masternodes as necessary to support the demand for each tier’s added functionality. In addition, we are introducing the opportunity for multiple people to fund a given masternode, with the rewards being distributed according to their relative funding percentages. However, the see-saw algorithm can temporarily disable this for new masternodes of a given tier if its relative population becomes too high. Unfortunately for us, the code relied far too heavily on the assumptions of:

  • A single type of masternode
  • Funded by only one wallet
  • With a hard-coded value of 10,000 (in two different forms in a half-dozen places)

Fortunately for everyone, we radically rewrote the code for core parts of the masternode system:

  • Massively simplifying the set-up procedure and removing activemasternode.cpp & .h;
  • Refactoring masternode.cpp & .h, masternodeman.cpp & .h and  masternode-payments.cpp & .h to roughly one-third their previous  size and an order of magnitude faster speed
  • And making minor but critical changes to init.cpp, main.cpp, and miner.cpp.

Our plan is to conceptually simplify Divi and further optimize our code for speed, maintainability, and future enhancements.

This post is also published on the Divi blog (obviously 😉

also posted here: https://steemit.com/cryptocurrency/@mark-waser/divi-beta-notes-5-tier-masternodes 

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