|Developer(s)||Julian Yap, Luke Williams, Kris Hansen, Alex Sterk|
|Initial release||28 January 2017|
|Written in||C++, Go|
|Operating system||Clients available for Linux, Windows, macOS|
|License||Multiple open-source licenses|
Ubiq (UBQ) is an open-source, public, blockchain-based distributed computing platform featuring smart contract (scripting) functionality. The Ubiq network provides a stable blockchain to host an Ethereum Virtual Machine, integrating a decentralized Turing-complete virtual machine that allows for the creation of contracts and tokens. It provides a value token called "Ubiq (UBQ)", which was generated by transferring the value of an three-year old established token, Jumbucks (JBS), onto a blockchain with Ethereum functionality. Thus, it provides EVM functionality in a blockchain segregated technologically, politically, and conceptually from Ethereum or Ethereum Classic.
Ubiq is currently being developed by Julian Yap, a systems engineer that has previously worked on projects with Bittrex exchange, Blocktech, and Decred; Luke Williams, developer of the Iquidus Explorer, a widely-used blockchain search tool; Kris Hansen, an established blockchain developer, and Alex Sterk, host of #blocktalk and educator of blockchain technologies.
|Release Date||Historical Milestones|
|2 September 2014||Launch of Coinmarketscoin, an scrypt-PoW based coin|
|23 October 2014||Rebranding to Jumbucks, a proof-of-stake coin with new community development initiatives announced|
|28 January 2017||Closure of the Jumbucks (JBS) market and launch of the Ubiq blockchain|
|25 February 2017||Launch of QWARK, a token on the Ubiq blockchain through a 1:1 token swap with Sarcoin
Launch of the Fusion wallet
|1 May 2017||Crowdfund of APX, a distributed mining and ICO review platform|
|8 Jun 2017||Launch of Pyrus, a re-branded fork of MyEtherWallet, a client-side web wallet|
|Date of introduction||28 January 2017|
|Issuance model||8 Ubiq per block (approximately every 88 seconds) in year 1, decreasing by 1 Ubiq/year until 1 Ubiq per block after year 8. |
Like bitcoin but unlike Ethereum, Ubiq establishes a monetary policy to control the inflation rate of Ubiq tokens. The inflation rate is set to 8 UBQ per block (7.3%) for the first year, with 8 UBQ rewarded per block with an average block time of 88 seconds. The monetary policy decreases this inflation to 1 UBQ per block (0.7%) over the next 8 years, providing a fixed inflation schedule while preventing a fee-only mining market from developing.
|Year||Supply||Inflation||Inflation Rate||Block Reward|
Like Ethereum, Ubiq rewards miners when duplicate block solutions are found with some subtle but significant differences. The miner of an uncle block of depth 1 is rewarded 50% of the current block reward, uncle blocks of depth > 1 are not rewarded. A miner that includes an uncle block is rewarded an additional (current block reward / 32) UBQ per included uncle block. These changes minimize the unpredictable inflation introduced by uncle rewards while also acting as an incentive to miners to always mine the head of the chain.
|Year||Block #||Uncle #||Block Reward||Uncle Reward|
The Ubiq blockchain generates blocks using a proof-of-work system with a target average blocktime of 88 seconds. The algorithm used for proof-of-work, Dagger Hashimoto, is the same that is used for Ethereum and Ethereum Classic, however, the longer average block times decreases the growth size of the DAG used to represent the blockchain, enabling lower end (as of 2017) video cards with 2GB of RAM to operate on the chain for over 6 years. In addition, Ubiq integrates a new difficulty adjustment algorithm, Flux, in order to maintain more consistent blocktimes under conditions of variable hash rates.
As of Jun 2017, the market capitalization of Ubiq (UBQ) was more than $80 Million USD and was the 47th largest digital currency by market capitalization.
The price of the native token reached an all-time high of over $2.00 on 3 Jun 2017.
Decentralized Applications (dApps)
- Mining and Initial Coin Offering review services: APX Ventures
- Token-based prepaid debit cards: QWARK
- Pyrus - Open Source Web Wallet (Forked off of MyEtherWallet)
- Fusion Wallet - Fusion Wallet (Forked off of Mist)
- Go-Ubiq - go-ubiq (Forked off of go-ethereum)
Exchanges that Trade Ubiq (UBQ)
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