February 2, 2023

Monthly Development Update – January 2023

In January, the Bee Track released a new version of the Bee client (1.11) that brings an important update to uploads with mutable batches. This update causes newer chunks in a batch to replace older ones on the network. The Research Track, on the other hand, is nearing completion of Phase 3 of the storage incentives and is making great progress in producing documentation for Phases 4 and 5.

The JS Track has also released a new version of Swarm Desktop (0.18.1). If you have it installed on Windows or macOS, the update will happen automatically. A lot has happened with regard to the Fair Data Protocol: a new version of the Swarm-compatible Blossom is available, and important changes and steps have been taken to make both the Fairdrive Desktop App and the web app more powerful.

Swarm Community Call will now be our main monthly online event. Join us on the last Thursday of every month at 17:00 CET on the Swarm Foundation Discord. You can also submit your questions ahead of time through this form. Mark your calendars for 23 February at 17:00 CET. We hope to see you there!

Bee Track

New Bee Release 1.11 was deployed: https://github.com/ethersphere/bee/releases/tag/v1.11.0

  • 1.11 release which mostly consists of minor fixes to chunk syncing and improved uploading experience.
  • The important news is uploads with mutable batches (which are the most common type of batches) are no longer terminated when max utilisation of the batch is reached, whereby newer chunks that belong to the batch will simply replace older chunks in the network.

In other news, we are completing and testing our new libp2p upgrade version, as well as making great progress addressing the localstore rewrite.

The investigation is also ongoing into the reasons for the small percentage of frozen nodes and postage stamp issues.

JS Track

New Swarm Desktop Release 0.18.1: https://github.com/ethersphere/swarm-desktop/releases/tag/v0.18.1

  • This release is compatible with the Bee 1.11 release and improves node status handling in the Web UI.
  • On Windows and MacOS this is an automatic update, whereas Linux users have to manually download and install the latest version.

Research Track

  • We are working hard to complete the solution documents for the rest of the storage incentives (phases 4 and 5) and create our task backlog and a lot of progress has been made.
  • The oracle phase 3 recalibration will be tested soon and hopefully finalised or close to it, though we treat this seriously and want it to be perfect.
  • Other research project tracks such as blockchain data stored on Swarm are becoming ever clearer and development is in progress.

Fair Data Protocol

Blossom : https://github.com/fairDataSociety/blossom

  • Released new version, compatible with Swarm

Fairdrive Desktop app : https://fairdatasociety.github.io/fairdrive-desktop-app/

  • Released new version with support for sharing and forking pods

Fairdrive Web app : https://fairdrive.fairdatasociety.org/

  • Migrated fully to JS library fdp-storage
  • Specification in progress for the “Fair portal” (currently called “Explore”) section to list independent dApps using Fairdrive
  • Fixes for apps available in Explore section

FDP Tutorial : https://github.com/fairDataSociety/fdp-TODO-app-tutorial

  • Minor updates

FDP Play: https://github.com/fairDataSociety/fdp-play

  • Released 2.1.1 version that includes new storage incentive-related smart contracts and Bee 1.11.1

FDP Contracts: https://github.com/fairDataSociety/fdp-contracts

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DevOps Track

  • Deployed Bee to the mainnet (v1.11.1).
  • Released the Beekeeper (v0.11.15).
  • Released the Bee-clef (v0.14.0).


Social Archive X Dapplets Challenge Bounty was implemented: https://gitcoin.co/issue/29165 , providing indexing of data for Social Archive

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