New York, America, December 15th, 2023, Chainwire

In Bitcoin's on-chain assets, a groundbreaking paradigm emerges with Bitboost's exploration of programmability, transforming Bitcoin into a dynamic asset playground. Protocols such as Ordinals, BRC-20, and Atomicals have significantly enriched Bitcoin's on-chain assets, offering a novel approach to scaling Bitcoin: utilizing Bitcoin as a bulletin board to publish assets and executing asset transactions off-chain through indexers. Unlike rollups, this method doesn't validate transaction execution results on Bitcoin, making it completely agnostic to Bitcoin.

Through this approach, many popular assets have been issued on Bitcoin. The issuance method for these assets is fair minting, allowing anyone to mint a certain quantity of assets through a Bitcoin transaction. This issuance method provides participants with a fair opportunity and results in a decentralized distribution of assets, aligning more closely with the principles of decentralization. Most of these assets were issued starting in March, and as of today, some popular assets, such as $ORDI and $SATS, have market caps exceeding 1 billion USD, leading to significant wealth effects.

$ORDI and $SATS market caps exceeding 1 billion USD

The Hidden Challenges Behind the Popularity of Asset Protocols

Behind the popularity, these asset protocols also suffer from many problems. Firstly, the asset issuance pattern is singular and fixed, supporting only fair minting and lacking support for additional issuance methods such as whitelists and IDOs. Secondly, the asset circulation pattern is also very rigid, supporting only transfers and exchanges with BTCs without accommodating DeFi applications like swaps, lending, staking, etc. Users are limited to actions such as minting, holding, and buying/selling with BTC, restricting the utility of these assets.

The fundamental reason for this type of problem is that the assets lack programmability. All functions of the assets are hardcoded in the protocol, and users cannot redefine them. Taking BRC-20 as an example, the asset's functions are limited to deployment, minting, and transfer. If these assets interact with smart contracts, users can modify or add functions by creating smart contracts, and the problem of fixed functionality patterns can be solved entirely.

Bitboost's Unique Solution: The End Game of the Programmable Asset Protocol

Bitboost has researched all publicly available smart contract solutions on Bitcoin, such as on-chain solutions like BitVM, sidechain solutions like Rootstock and Stacks, and layer 2 solutions like RGB and BEVM. After analyzing and comparing the strengths and weaknesses of all these solutions, Bitboost believes that designing a programmable asset protocol on Bitcoin should adhere to the following principles:

  • Simplicity: It should not add excessive burden to the Bitcoin network.
  • Security: Malicious behaviors from some participants could not lead to protocol failures.
  • Compatibility: It should be compatible with existing wallets, explorers, and other tools.

Based on these principles, Bitboost has been incubated. Bitboost publishes Ethereum-style transactions on Bitcoin and utilizes an off-chain indexer with EVM (Ethereum Virtual Machine) integrated to execute these transactions. This allows for launching an EVM execution environment on Bitcoin, enabling the issuance of assets and deployment of DeFi applications within this environment.

  • In terms of simplicity, Bitboost packages and compresses transactions into batches, similar to rollups, and then publish these batches to the Bitcoin network. The transaction size and fee can be an order of magnitude lower than Bitcoin transactions.
  • In terms of security, the entire protocol does not rely on multi-signatures and will not be halted by the failure of some nodes. Like other Bitcoin asset protocols, it is completely trustless.
  • Regarding compatibility, the protocol participants can be divided into users and miners. For users, Bitboost is like an Ethereum chain and can be interacted with using existing Ethereum tools such as Metamask. Miners only need to help the protocol inscribe transactions from the mempool onto Bitcoin through the Ordinals protocol and then receive Bitboost's native token as a reward.
Bitboost is referred to as a co-processor of Bitcoin

Bitboost is referred to as a co-processor of Bitcoin. It is similar to how a GPU is commonly referred to as a co-processor of CPU, where the CPU delegates computationally intensive display tasks to the GPU, and the GPU, after computation, returns the results to the user through the screen. Bitcoin delegates the processing tasks of on-chain assets to Bitboost, and after Bitboost completes the processing, it returns the results to users through Ethereum-compatible APIs.

The difference between Bitboost and rollups lies in that Bitboost's state roots are not synchronized to Bitcoin, so they are not validated on Bitcoin through validity or fraud proofs. Since Bitcoin does not have smart contracts, it cannot validate state roots. Therefore, a trustless 1:1 asset-pegged bridge between Bitboost and Bitcoin cannot be established. Instead, in Bitboost, the native token is exchanged with BTC through PBSTs (Partially Signed Bitcoin Transactions) like other on-chain assets.

About Bitboost

Bitboost pioneers programmability in Bitcoin's on-chain assets, offering a unique solution that combines simplicity, security, and compatibility. As a co-processor to Bitcoin, Bitboost introduces a new era, allowing users to redefine asset functions through smart contracts and enhancing the overall utility and scalability of the Bitcoin network.

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