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Client's Business Problem

Switch from Binance to a more flexible backend service provider and integrate use cases to enhance the functionality of their crypto services.

Output By Tintash

Managed a seamless migration from Binance to Fireblocks and integrated Uniswap, among other features, to allow token swapping on the Ethereum Blockchain.

Impact For Client

Improved user experience by managing the long processing time of Uniswap transactions via asynchronous task queues. Also enhanced security of client’s crypto assets by creating a sweeping logic.

Client’s brief background and business problem

The client is a global digital asset exchange that provides people in emerging markets with the opportunity to invest and earn real value from crypto assets. Their platform aims to enable free and easy digital asset trading for everyone in the short term, while also creating opportunities for building stable portfolios in the long term.

When they approached Tintash, they were using Binance at their backend. However, owing to Binance’s costly API and inflexibility in allowing for integration of several essential use cases, the client was looking to migrate to Fireblocks, another service provider for aggregation of different crypto services that could also act as a custodial wallet.

They wanted us to start with a proof of concept – write a minimalistic integration layer to route some of their Binance facing API calls toward Fireblocks and provide the Fireblocks-based equivalent actions’ APIs – in order to validate whether Fireblocks would fulfill all their requirements.

How did Tintash deliver?

We kickstarted the development process by running a quick discovery. The aim was to ascertain how to use Fireblocks and which of their actions or services could be mapped either directly or indirectly from the Binance use cases. Our team conducted due diligence on the backend design and came up with a system architecture.

Using asynchronous messaging to communicate between the different subsystems, the system would pass on users’ requests to Fireblocks much like those were being passed on to Binance. This was accomplished using a minimal interfacing and integration layer i.e. there was no change to the rest of the application except for the backend.

The next step was to convert this minimal implementation into a full-fledged service. What the client now wanted was a stateful service where it was not just an interfacing layer but instead a proper backend application that could handle contextual application data and business logic.

For instance, when a user requests to run a transaction, we would make sure that there were enough funds in the system and that the currencies were correct. We would keep track of external facing wallets such as the withdrawal, swapping and staking wallets. We would also ensure that once the transaction was complete, the respective update services were called i.e. ledger and user accounts were all updated.

This greater functionality would also help reduce the API load on third-parties and avoid rate limits. Towards this end, our team came up with a system design comprising the Omnibus architecture which had been proposed by Fireblocks itself. With the new service, users could now interact with the client’s crypto services (business logic) while their actions were still passed on to Fireblocks.

Having successfully converted the initial implementation into a full service, our next job was to enhance the functionality of existing crypto services. Delivering on all the requirements put forth by the client meant going above and beyond the features supported by Fireblocks.

One of such features was the swapping of tokens. Since these swaps were not supported by Fireblocks by default, we worked on integrating Uniswap, a service provider that allowed this swapping. With this successful integration, users could now swap tokens on the Ethereum Blockchain. It was as seamless as creating any other transaction where all the related actions such as ledger and wallet updating would be automatically taken care of.

There was, however, one serious problem we encountered with Uniswap integration – the swapping transactions were taking far too long to complete. We simply couldn’t afford an average response time of between 5 to 10 minutes for every such transaction for our users. One way around this problem was to make swaps asynchronous transactions.

What we did was essentially change Uniswap transactions into long running actions. Instead of a completion status of their transaction, users would now get an immediate update that their transaction had been accepted, together with their request IDs. Meanwhile, the transaction would move to long running actions where backend workers would take care of all the callbacks or status updates on users’ behalf. And only once a transaction had been completed from Uniswap’s end would we let the ledger, the wallets, and the users know that they had received funds in their accounts.

Apart from token swaps, another feature the client requested was having one consolidated vault for all their users’ funds. Suppose there are 10 users with $10 worth of funds each in their respective wallets. What the client would do is take all these $100 worth of funds and put them in a central vault, much like what your bank does when you deposit funds in your bank account.

For this, we created a sweeping logic which was again a backend task that ran every defined number of hours. When users received funds, they would end up in their wallets. But as soon as they did, there would be a sweeping action that swept the user wallets into a more secure central vault.  On the paper or ledger, users would still own their funds and could do all the transactions. It was just the physical location of the funds that was moved centrally.

How did the final product look?

All in all, our team managed the client’s successful migration from Binance to Fireblocks as the backend layer and built a stateful service using our own business logic on top of it. We also enhanced the functionality of their crypto services by including token swapping, as well as improved their asset security by writing the sweeping action.

Tintash’s close partnership with this client remains ongoing. Our team is currently engaged on solving two critical problems for this client.

Firstly, we are helping them further expand the scope of their crypto services by allowing for cross-chain swaps i.e. exchanging ETH for BTC, or ETH or BTC for Polygon. Much like we had integrated Uniswap to allow users to swap funds while remaining on the Ethereum Blockchain, we are in the process of integrating SimpleSwap, a cross-chain service provider, which will allow users to exchange one chain’s funds with another chain’s.

Secondly, we are integrating public readers into their platform. While running Uniswap transactions, Fireblocks’ update callbacks were missing a lot of critical information. This was so essential a feature since it enabled sending users an update on how much funds they had received. Such a major lapse on Fireblocks’ end, now our client’s main backend provider, posed a critical problem.

Our team has been working on a solution that circumvents Fireblocks for this particular use case. Since the information of these transactions was available on the blockchain and public readers, we ran a quick discovery to identify the five leading public network readers, compare their feature sets and cost estimates. Out of those five we proposed, the client selected Etherscan and Ankr, the two public readers we are currently in the process of integrating.

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