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Reward Schedule

Know the OCEAN reward schedule, towards understanding yields


DF proceeds one round at a time. Each round is weekly.
Rewards are distributed at the end of every week, for the activity of the previous week.
The reward schedule = the emission schedule, definining the weekly OCEAN budget for DF. DF currently rewards 150K OCEAN per round. Over time, rewards will increase to be as high as 1.1M OCEAN / week, then decay over time Bitcoin-style.
DF rounds are grouped into four phases: DF Alpha, DF/VE Alpha, DF Beta, and DF Main. We are now in the "DF Main" phase.
The table below shows OCEAN rewards per round, and corresponding phase.
Ocean Reward Schedule for the next 20+ years

DF Phases

Each of the first three phases -- DF Alpha, DF/VE Alpha, and DF Beta phases -- had a fixed value. Each of these ran for 4-20 weeks. The final phase -- DF Main -- runs for decades with a Bitcoin-like emissions-schedule (plus a burn-in-period).

Phase: DF Alpha - Rounds 1-4 (4 wks)

  • 10K OCEAN rewards per week.
  • Counting started Thu June 16, 2022 and ended July 13, 2022. It ran for 4 weeks. DF was temporarily paused after this, for time to put veOCEAN into place.
  • The aim was to test technology, learn, and onboard data publishers.

Phase: DF/VE Alpha - Rounds 5-8 (4 wks)

  • 10K OCEAN rewards were per week.
  • Counting started Thu Sep 29, 2022 and ended Oct 27, 2022. It ran for 4 weeks.
  • The aim was to resume Data Farming with veOCEAN, test the technology, onboard data publishers, and keep learning.

Phase: DF Beta - Rounds 9-28 (20 wks)

  • Up to 100K OCEAN rewards per week.
  • Counting started on Oct 27, 2022, ie the day DF/VE Alpha ended. Counting ended on March 15, 2023. It ran for 20 weeks.
  • The aim was to test the effect of larger incentives, and support ecosystem participation, while continually refining the underlying technology.

Phase: DF Main - Rounds 29-1000+

  • Rewards began at 150K OCEAN per week, and go up to 1.1M OCEAN per week. Total emissions are 503.M OCEAN.
  • Counting started on March 15, 2023, ie the day DF Beta ended. It runs for decades.
  • DF Main's schedule mimics Bitcoin including a half-life of 4 years. Unlike Bitcoin, there is a burn-in period to ratchet up value-at-risk versus time. Burn-in is implemented via four sub-phases: DF Main 1, 2, 3 and 4 with multipliers of 10%, 25%, 50%, and 100% respectively.
    • DF Main 1 emits 150K OCEAN per week. It runs 12 months.
    • DF Main 2 starts on Mar 14, 2024 (DF80). Rewards go 2x, to 300K OCEAN / week. It runs 6 months.
    • DF Main 3 starts on Sep 12, 2024 (DF106). Rewards go 2x, to 600K OCEAN / week. It runs 6 months.
    • DF Main 4 starts on Mar 13, 2025 (DF132). Rewards begin at 1.1M OCEAN / week then halve every four years. It runs for decades.

Visualize Emissions: First 5 years

Let’s visualize emissions!
The image below shows the first 5 years (including all DF Phases). The y-axis is OCEAN released each week. It’s log-scaled to easily see the differences. The x-axis is time, measured in weeks. In weeks 0–29, we can see the distinct phases for DF Alpha (DF1 // week 0), DF/VE Alpha (DF5 // week 4), DF Beta (DF9 // week 8), DF Main 1 (DF29 // week 28), DF Main 2 (DF80 // week 79), DF Main 3 (DF106 // week 105), and DF Main 4 (DF132 // week 131).
OCEAN released to DF per week — first 5 years

Visualize Emissions: First 20 years

The image below is like the previous one: OCEAN released per week. But now, we show for the first 20 years. Week 131 onwards is DF Main 4. We can see that the y-value divides by two (“halvens”) every four years.
OCEAN released to DF per week — first 20 years

Visualize Total OCEAN released

The image below shows the total OCEAN released by DF for the first 20 years. The y-axis is log-scaled to capture both the small initial rewards and exponentially larger values later on. The x-axis is also log-scaled so that we can more readily see how the curve converges over time.
Total OCEAN released to DF — first 20 years

Further resources

The blog post "Data Farming Main is here" provides further detail yet.
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