bolt.observer adds support for core lightning
Diversity is at the core of every healthy ecosystem
When we embarked on our story last year, we made the decision to start by building for lnd, given its dominant market share. However, our ultimate goal has always been to serve the wider industry and support the diversity of popular implementations available. We believe deeply in the importance of a diverse ecosystem of implementations, as it is the key to creating a more resilient network.
Just like biodiversity is critical to the health and longevity of the natural world, a diverse ecosystem of technology implementations ensures that the system can withstand the loss of any one implementation and continue to function. This diversity also drives competition and innovation, leading to better products and services for users.
In the context of the Lightning Network, having multiple implementations is essential for its success. If all Lightning nodes were running the same implementation, the network would be highly vulnerable to bugs, security flaws, and other problems that could potentially bring it down. With multiple implementations, this risk is reduced and the network can continue to function even if one implementation experiences issues.
The availability of multiple implementations has spurred innovation and competition in the Lightning Network ecosystem. Developers are constantly working to improve the performance, reliability, and security of their implementations, and this competition benefits users by providing them with access to a better and more dependable Lightning network.
The Lightning Network has the potential to make Bitcoin accessible to the masses by making it cheap and fast to use for everyday transactions. However, to realize this potential, it must be reliable, secure, and user-friendly. The presence of multiple, high-quality implementations is critical to achieving these goals.
That's why we're thrilled to announce our support for another implementation in our recently released LiquidOps product. We've added Core Lightning to our stack, now we’re supporting both major implementations, allowing more clients to take advantage of our full suite of features. This gives them insight into their node operations, liquidity, and reachability. Register on bolt.observer beta (still free till end of the month) to check out our offerings.
To make all this work we of course had to extend support of core across all our tooling, namely adding it to Lightning Vault and developing additional tools that helped us dive into core ecosystem, more on that will be explained in our next blog post.
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