Today, we’re proposing a potential major improvement to the Stacks consensus algorithm. Stacks 2.0 is expected to launch in Q2 this year. Stacks 2.0 is a major upgrade of the Stacks blockchain with a new Rust implementation, native Stacks mining, Clarity smart contract language, and other significant improvements. The current implementation uses a proof-of-burn mining mechanism where Stacks miners burn a base cryptocurrency (Bitcoin) to participate in the consensus algorithm and earn rewards (newly minted Stacks).
More specifically, with the Stacking consensus, we’re proposing to replace Proof-of-Burn (PoB) mining SIP-001 with a new concept of Proof-of-Transfer (PoX). With PoX, instead of burning a base cryptocurrency, miners transfer the base cryptocurrency to existing holders of a new cryptocurrency who participate in the consensus algorithm. In our proposed implementation using Bitcoin, Stacks miners would transfer Bitcoin to Stacks holders who are participating in our new consensus algorithm.
If adopted, we believe SIP-007 would introduce a landmark innovation for Stacks 2.0. We call the new consensus algorithm Stacking. Stacking takes the same Bitcoin used in PoB, but instead of destroying it, transfers it to users who are (1) holding Stacks and (2) actively participating in the consensus algorithm, i.e., adding value to the network. Once every reward cycle (roughly once per month), every user who meets the eligibility for Stacking would receive a reward (a payout) of Bitcoin from the network.
Why Bitcoin: Our proposal uses Bitcoin because it is the most secure Proof-of-Work blockchain in use. Stacking allows anyone to use a secure PoW cryptocurrency like Bitcoin to participate in consensus algorithms for new blockchains without ever repeating the need to go from electricity to PoW. These new blockchains benefit from the security of Bitcoin.
Benefits of Stacking: We believe that Proof-of-Transfer (PoX) mining used by the Stacking consensus algorithm is superior to Proof-of-Burn as it avoids destroying the base cryptocurrency. It also has a potential economic benefit for Stacks holders by allowing them to earn rewards in Bitcoin for participating in the consensus algorithm and Stacking their holdings.
Comparison with PoW and PoS: We believe that the Stacking consensus algorithm enables the network to reap the benefits of a standalone PoW blockchain without modifying Bitcoin’s core protocol. It does so while avoiding burning Bitcoin in most cases. Additionally, similar to Proof-of-Stake, holders of the new cryptocurrency who participate in the consensus algorithm can earn rewards. A major difference from Proof-of-Stake is the rewards in Stacking are in Bitcoin.
We’re currently looking for feedback on the initial proposal which is released today as a Stacks Improvement Proposal (SIP-007). We’re excited about this potential upgrade to the core consensus algorithm of Stacks 2.0 and look forward to hearing your thoughts!
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