RSK Infrastructure Framework
Rootstock (RSK) Infrastructure Framework Open Standard (RIF OS) is a suite of open and decentralized infrastructure protocols that enable faster, easier and scalable development of distributed applications (dApps) within a unified environment.
RIF OS is an all in one, easy to use, blockchain infrastructure service framework that provides developers and organizations access to a variety of services across multiple crypto-economies.
RIF OS Protocols enable broad interoperability and faster time-to-deployment, and aim to bridge the gap between blockchain technologies and their mass-market adoption. RIF OS Protocols complete the Rootstock (RSK) Smart Contract Network vision of bringing the Internet of Value to life.
RIF Name Service
RNS is a decentralized service that allows users to have a readable domain or alias. It can be used to identify other personal resources, such as payment or communication addresses.
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RIF Gateways develops tools and technologies to allow decentralized applications to seamlessly connect to the external world.
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RIF OS White Paper
To understand the general vision behind RIF OS, read the RIF OS White Paper.
Q: What’s the relationship between RIF services and the Rootstock (RSK) platform?
A: RIF services are implementations of the RIF OS Protocols that anybody following the protocols can build. RIF Labs in particular chose to build its implementation of RIF OS Protocols on top of the Rootstock Smart Contract Network because of its unique position as the first open-source smart contract platform secured by the Bitcoin Network. All RIF OS Protocols implementations share a common set of interfaces and the acceptance of RIF token as payment means.
Q: What’s the relationship between RIF Labs and the Rootstock (RSK) platform?
A: RIF Labs acquired RSK Labs, the company behind the construction of the open source Rootstock Smart Contract Network. Also given Rootstock Smart's unique position as the first open source Smart Contract platform secured by the Bitcoin Network it also chose to implement its RIF OS Protocols on top of it. For clear strategic reasons RIF Labs will take the lead on technology development and community growth for the the ecosystem as a whole.
Both the RIF OS Protocols and Rootstock Smart Contract Network share the same principles and mission, and now they will be supported by the combined teams of RIF Labs and RSK Labs. Together, Rootstock and RIF will continue to focus on improving the lives of millions excluded around the world by building this next generation blockchain-based infrastructure that will bring to life the Internet of Value.
Q: Why did RIF Labs build RIF OS Protocols on top of the Rootstock (RSK) Smart Contract Network?
A: We chose to continue building on top of Rootstock Smart because of its unique position as the first open-source smart contract platform secured by the Bitcoin network. The goal of the Rootstock Smart Contract Network and RIF OS Protocols is to add value and extend the functionality of the Bitcoin ecosystem by integrating smart-contracts, near-instant payments, and greater stability. This will also allow projects to access a variety of decentralized infrastructure services, from payments to storage, and speed up time-to-market.
Rootstock (RSK) is the first open-source smart contract platform secured by the Bitcoin Network that is:
- Bitcoin Friendliness: Bitcoin was the first and, today, the most secure blockchain available.
- Security: Rootstock blockchain is secured by merge-mining, which means that Rootstock can achieve the same security as Bitcoin in terms of double-spend prevention and settlement finality.
- Scalability: Rootstock can scale up to 100 transactions per second without sacrificing decentralization.
- Flexibility: Instant payments allow new use cases, such as retail-ready store payments and micro-credits.
- RIF Labs implemented RIF OS Protocols on top of the solid ground that Rootstock Smart Contract Network has built.
Q: What’s the difference between RIF token and RBTC?
A: Rootstock Infrastructure Framework Open Standard (RIF OS) is a suite of open and decentralized infrastructure protocols that enable faster, easier and scalable development of decentralized applications (dApps) within a unified environment. RIF OS includes support for decentralized, third-party, off-chain payment networks; a set of APIs for seamless and secure communications between decentralized applications; and easy-to-use interfaces for developers. Access to, and payment for, RIF OS services are based on the RIF Token, which allows developers to access the suite of services built on top of RIF protocols such as Directory, Payments, Data Feeds, Storage and Communications including third party-developed infrastructure services, and any other apps that might be deployed on RIF’s framework that agrees to accept RIF Tokens as a means of accessing / consuming the service or app.
RBTC is the native token of the Rootstock Live Mainnet and is pegged 1:1 to BTC. It's used as gas to pay for Smart Contract execution in the same way as ETH is used as gas for Ethereum. Technical users can obtain RBTC in a decentralized manner, by converting to and from BTC by using the bridge between the Bitcoin and Rootstock protocols. Less technical users can obtain RBTC from supporting exchanges like Huobi and Bitfinex, among others. This is necessary in order to use Rootstock and all of the applications that run on Rootstock, including RIFOS once it launches.