Brad Kristensen: Scaling Test Network makes big blocks a reality

The massive blockchain scaling that’s happening on the Bitcoin SV (BSV) network doesn’t just happen; it takes a lot of work. To help guarantee it works well when changes come to the mainnet, the development team have the Scaling Test Network (STN). Brad Kristensen, Software Engineer at nChain, joined CoinGeek’s Becky Liggero on Developer Day at the recent CoinGeek Toronto 2019 scaling conference to explain the importance of the STN.

The STN isn’t just a sandbox for the Bitcoin SV Node Team to play in, it has important roles to play in the development of BSV. “The Scaling Test Network fourth compatible network for the SV node,” Kristensen said. “It’s important for the ecosystem because it helps the SV node developers get a direct feedback loop on what they’re working in. So they produce the next set of changes, they run it on the STN, the STN provides immediate feedback thanks to the large transaction volume and the large amount of blocks, as to whether they’re making the right move forwards, or in some cases, backwards.”

What’s coming next for the STN is some of the biggest innovations for the BSV blockchain, but as Kristensen told Liggero, he also hopes to see greater participating from the business world. “I would expect to see all of the big leaps forward that Bitcoin SV makes would happen first on the Scaling Test Network,” he said. “We’re hoping to get more businesses running on the Scaling Test Network, testing their applications, building their applications. It’s really supposed to be the onramp and playground for Bitcoin SV and the insight of to what’s coming to Mainnet.”

That’s not an impossible ask either. The STN was opened to businesses in April, and interested groups can get in touch with nChain to start trying out their own business use cases and applications to ensure they are ready for the next phase of the BSV blockchain.

As 2019 is the year of blockchain scaling, Liggero asked what role the STN play in achieving huge blocks. “We make sure it can happen,” Kristensen said simply.

Operation Data Blast shows Bitcoin SV’s power

On Sunday, thanks to the recent Quasar upgrade on Bitcoin SV (BSV) that raised the block cap to 2 gigabytes (GB), BSV enthusiasts conducted a large initiative to upload data to the blockchain. Not only was it successful, but it reiterated the fact that on-chain scaling of an order of magnitude larger than anyone thought possible on a blockchain is possible and sustainable.

Operation Data Blast, as the event was called, brought “hundreds of Bitcoin Society members” together to “upload meaningful media onto Bitcoin’s public blockchain.” The activity is still underway, as of this writing, and is expected to last through “Monday lunchtime in Asia Pacific.” By providing a large window, BSV and crypto enthusiasts from around the world have an opportunity to participate.

According to Dr. Roy Murphy, who helped organize the event, “Bitcoin isn’t where it should be after a decade. Being usurped by various entities with nefarious intent has created forks of the original protocol and the carefully orchestrated manipulation by these bad actors have destroyed many of the key tenets of Bitcoin, whilst coercing bucket-shop crypto exchanges to capture the trading Tickers of Bitcoin (XBT and BTC) by centrally governed entities whose objective is to command and hobble the Bitcoin protocol via the hostile takeover of protocol development.”

He adds, “With this in mind, ‘Operation Data Blast’ is the swan song, a last hurrah to those who spent so much time and effort into diminishing the integrity and genius of Satoshi Nakamoto’s creation. It’s giving ‘the bird’ to those who restricted Bitcoin to 1MB [megabyte] blocks, servicing a paltry 7 transactions per second to line the pockets of those interests whose only wish was corruption, anonymity, control, destruction and power.”

If anyone expected the large data upload to be a burden for the BSV blockchain (and there were definitely some BTC shills counting on it), they were greatly disappointed it. On the evening of July 28, as pointed out by Derek Moore on Twitter, “Bitcoin SV produced 4 ~250 MB blocks and a plethora of big blocks today during a User-Activated Stress Test (UAST) during which valuable data was archived on-chain, totaling about 2.5 GB of multimedia & hypermedia content.”

The Quasar upgrade on BSV was nothing short of a huge success. When the Large Hadron Collider was preparing to slam two particles together in September 2008, many people thought the world was going to come to an end. When BSV announced it would be raising the block cap to 2GB, many people that the crypto world was going to come to an end. Just like CERN proved them wrong in 2008, BSV has proved everyone wrong in 2019.

2GB blocks achieved: BSV Quasar upgrade proves to be more than successful

Bitcoin SV (BSV) successfully rolled out the Quasar update on July 24 in an effort to push the block size cap up to 2 gigabytes (GB). Despite assertions by anti-BSV shills that the sky would come crashing down after the upgrade was complete, just the opposite has happened. Not only was the update successful, but several 2GB blocks have already been seen — six in a row, as a matter of fact. 

The blockchain hasn’t crashed, the Bitcoin ecosystem hasn’t come to a grinding halt, and it hasn’t started raining fishes. What has happened, though, is that WhatsOnChain shows consecutive 2GB blocks being mined on the BSV Scaling Test Network (STN). The STN is a live network that is available for businesses to use to test limits for their applications before launching them on the mainnet.   

Shortly after the Quasar update was live, the first 148MB block was seen. This effectively cemented Quasar as the new software for the BSV blockchain. Knowing that 2GB blocks are easily achieved, there is a considerable more amount of development that can take place on the BSV network. 

According to the Bitcoin Association, “The Quasar upgrade represents a key step in BSV’s journey to unlock the massive on-chain scaling power that was always possible with Bitcoin, and enable BSV to become the global enterprise blockchain. BSV can already handle 300+ transactions per second comfortably; this capacity is continually being expanded and is expected to cross 1000+ transactions per second in the coming months after the Quasar network upgrade. This level of capacity can compete with VISA payment network capacity and also supports enterprise applications.”

BSV has now become the first — and only — blockchain to process 2GB blocks on-chain. While virtually everyone else said it couldn’t be done, BSV has proven that Satoshi was correct when he asserted in his early writing that large block sizes were not only possible, but were expected on Bitcoin’s blockchain. Bitcoin Core (BTC) pundits have asserted since the beginning of time that anything larger than 128 megabytes (MB) would cause the blockchain to implode.

With Quasar in place, the next step is the Genesis upgrade. This is planned for next February and is designed to completely remove all block-size caps. If building business solutions on the blockchain is feasible with a 2GB limit, imagine the possibilities with no limit. 

Bitcoin SV increases default block size hard cap to 2GB with Quasar upgrade

Bitcoin has taken another big step in returning to its original protocol and pursuing its path of massive scaling. The Bitcoin SV Node team are planning a July 24 upgrade of the Bitcoin SV (BSV) network, nicknamed the “Quasar” protocol upgrade. With the upgrade, the BSV network will have a significantly higher default block size “hard cap” of 2GB.

Previously outlined by the Bitcoin SV Node team’s July 13 blog post, “Quasar upgrade 24th July recommendations – roadmap to Genesis part 2,” the only change of the update is to increase the hard cap on block sizes; however that is a significant change indeed. The previous hard cap of 128MB has already been hit by the BSV community, with real world usage reaching that limit several times in the past four months.

In testing on the BSV Scaling Test Network, BSV has already proven to be capable of mining much larger blocks, with 1.4GB blocks mined in testing. Now that larger limits are rolling out to the mainnet, the whole world can experience the benefits of massive blockchain scaling made possible on BSV. The greater block capacity will enable 1,000+ transactions per second on the BSV network, and even higher with more technical improvements.

As the BSV Node team has noted, the 2GB block size limit is a default “hard cap.” Miners are free to set their hard cap to a lower level. In fact, miners representing a significant portion of the BSV network mining hash have signaled that they will set their hard cap to 512MB, which would form a different form of hard cap—the “consensus” hard cap. For the BSV Node team’s recommendations and instructions for mining nodes and anyone else who runs an instance of Bitcoin SV software (“blockchain listeners” who do not write to the blockchain, such as exchanges and wallet operators), refer to their blog post here

The Quasar upgrade is a key step toward the ultimate goal. When the Genesis protocol upgrade comes on February 4, 2020, Bitcoin will be returned to its original protocol as closely as possible while removing entirely the default hard cap. Going forward, protocol developers will not determine a default hard cap setting. Instead, scaling will be truly unlimited, and miners will have the freedom to set block size limits to numbers they are comfortable with, and market forces will determine how much Bitcoin can and will scale, as Satoshi Nakamoto originally intended.

Only with the scaling on the BSV blockchain—through the Quasar upgrade and then what Genesis will unleash in 2020—can the world’s enterprises build to the level they require. As limits are removed from the Bitcoin blockchain, more transactions can be handled per block and transaction fees will remain very low; thus big businesses can begin transferring their business models to a blockchain that can handle the countless of payments and data transactions—including at a micro-level—they require in a new digital economy powered by Bitcoin.

And unlike other attempted blockchain platforms, which either can’t or are unwilling to scale massively, BSV is proving that by scaling block sizes massively, transaction fees are kept low enough to enable new business uses, while greater volumes of transaction fees possible with bigger blocks create an incentive for miners to keep the blockchain secure.

The Quasar update is already an important leap forward in Bitcoin’s history, allowing it to handle significantly more volume than any other public blockchain. It is just a step along the road to Genesis though, when Bitcoin will return to its original protocol and Satoshi Vision of unlimited scaling.


Bitcoin SV version 0.2.0 takes the next step towards unlimited scaling

Bitcoin SV (BSV) is getting another huge upgrade, and it’s staying on target with its stated goal of massive scaling. The newest iteration of the BSV client, version 0.2.0, has been rolled out by the Bitcoin SV Node team.

On May 20th, the Scaling Test Network (STN) will see the first impacts of this upgrade. It will increase its maximum acceptable block size to an astounding 10GB, with default produced blocks set to 128MB.

Then on July 24, with the Quasar Protocol Upgrade, the mainnet and testnet will have their block size settings increase. The current maximum acceptable block size of 128MB will increase to 2GB, and the default produced block sizes will increase to 128MB.

New block sizes aren’t the only change coming. This upgrade will launch a whole new mining API, originally designed by Andrew Stone and Johan van der Hoeven, and collaboratively updated with the BSV Node team. This upgrade is designed to take the increased load of big block sizes off of miners, who will only receive the header of the block. It also provides some new setting to increase performance for nodes.

In addition to those two huge improvements, the upgrade will also formally increase the default size for OP_RETURN to 100KB, a change Steve Shadders figured out back in January for miners to change the setting; that started BSV’s momentum toward becoming the world’s future data carrier network. There will also be a litany of other changes that will help transactions propagate faster, improve underlying code and processes, and remove unnecessary code.

The new client version will also change the license for BSV software from the MIT license (historically used for Bitcoin client software) to an “Open BSV license.” This still provides free usage but limits rights to use the node implementation source code exclusively to the BSV blockchain. 

All of these changes are significant, and will add even more evidence to the case that BSV is the only utility token with real world value. It’s faster, safer, and more useful than anything else available on the market.

Mostly importantly though, the BSV blockchain scales massively. It only took a few short months before BSV proved that users and developers needed 128MB block sizes for their transactions, and then the community hit that cap repeatedly. With a 2GB block cap on the way, there will be even more room for the businesses and users to grow with and prove that big blocks are more useful, and help take a big step towards 3 billion transactions per second

It won’t end there either. As Bitcoin Association Founding President Jimmy Nguyen has noted in the past, the ultimate plan for Bitcoin SV is to realize unlimited scaling. 2GB blocks, and 10GB blocks on the STN, are important marker points towards that goal. Nguyen says: “Ultimately, we want to show that Bitcoin has no limits. With unlimited capacity and creativity available to them, developers and big enterprises across the world should be able to build whatever they want on top of the original Bitcoin, now back only in the form of Bitcoin SV.”

Bitcoin SV Scaling Test Network is open for business



STN是比特币协会比特币SV节点项目的一项倡议方案,并由nChainCoinGeek的资助下完成开发;其交易流量由Satoshi Shotgun(专业压力测试)团队提供。该全球公共网络不断加载交易,以便于BSV开发人员在高负载下进行测试。世界各地感兴趣的企业和开发人员皆可加入和使用STN,以测试需要巨大交易量或数据容量的比特币应用程序和系统。

大规模扩容是比特币SV(BSV)区别于其他区块链项目的竞争优势,同时也是企业应将应用程序构建于BSV的原因。BSV以比特币创始人中本聪的“中本聪愿景(Satoshi Vision)”命名,是唯一遵循比特币原始协议和愿景的项目——它致力于对区块链进行大规模扩容,促进比特币成为全球几十亿人使用的新型货币,同时成为各大企业的全球数据分类账本。


nChain工程总监兼比特币SV节点项目技术总监史蒂夫•施德斯(Steve Shadders)评价道:“在未来的几个月,我们计划将把扩容测试网络的最大区块规模增加到10GB(即10,000兆字节),以便无需进一步的共识升级就能实现每秒处理数万笔交易。我们跨过填充区块的时代,迈入无限发展境界。我们的目标不仅是超越极限,而且证明没有极限。”


STN还将配备专属支持团队,为开发人员和企业答疑解惑。BSV节点开发人员布拉德·克里斯滕森(Brad Kristensen)已受命担任STN运营经理。布拉德在比特币领域资历深厚,其中包括GPU时代的挖矿,并以资深开发人员身份任职于全球区块链技术咨询、研究和开发的领先企业nChain。

比特币协会创始会长兼nChain战略咨询委员会主席吉米·阮(Jimmy Nguyen)表示: “大型企业需要能扩容处理巨大交易量的区块链。原始比特币一直都具有那样的潜能,现在它以比特币SV的形式回归,同时我们正致力于解锁其大规模扩容能力。我们鼓励全球的企业将应用程序构建于BSV,并且我们乐于提供扩容测试网络,作为BSV生态系统发展的资源和安全环境。”

如需参与或详细了解BSV扩容测试网络,请访问或发送电子邮件至[email protected]。加入STN,畅享比特币无界未来的尖端科技。


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Bitcoin SV Scaling Test Network is open for business

비즈니스를 위한 비트코인SV [BSV] 스케일링 테스트 네트워크

이제 비트코인 SV STN(Scaling Test Network)이 비즈니스에도 열려 있습니다. 응용 프로그램 및 서비스에 비트코인의 스케일링 제한을 테스트해보고 싶은 기업 및 개발자들을 초대하여 STN을 사용해보고 무한한 비트코인 블록체인의 미래에 이바지할 수 있기를 바랍니다.

STN은 비트코인 협회(Bitcoin Association)의 비트코인 SV Node 프로젝트의 이니셔티브로, nChain가 개발하고 CoinGeek이 자금을 후원하고 있으며 사토시 쇼트건(전문 스트레스 테스트) 팀에 의해 거래 트래픽을 제공받고 있습니다. 이 글로벌 공개 네트워크는 계속적으로 거래를 제공하여BSV 개발자들이 많은 양을 테스트 할 수 있게 합니다. 관심 있는 비즈니스 및 개발자는 전 세계에서 가입할 수 있으며 STN을 사용해서 큰 거래량이나 큰 데이터량을 요구하는 비트코인 응용 프로그램 및 시스템을 테스트해볼 수 있습니다.

빅 스케일링으로 비트코인SV(BSV)는 다른 블록체인 프로젝트와 차별화되며, 이는 비즈니스가 BSV에서 응용 프로그램을 구축해야 하는 이유가 됩니다. 비트코인 창시자 사토시 나카모토(Satoshi Nakamoto)의 ‘사토시 비전’에서 이름을 딴 BSV는 오리지널 비트코인 프로토콜 및 비전을 따르는 유일한 프로젝트로, 블록체인의 대량의 스케일링에 전념해서 비트코인이 수십 억명이 사용하는 세계의 새로운 통화가 되고 기업의 글로벌 데이터 원장이 되도록 하고 있습니다.

바로 이것이 비트코인 SV가 현재가 아닌 미래를 위해 스케일링 용량을 구축하는 이유입니다. 지난 6개월간 BSV 블록체인은 이미 초당 20건의 거래에서 400건으로 증가했습니다. BSV 스케일링 테스트 네트워크는 이미 2019년 3월에 7일간에 걸쳐 초당 1200건 거래라는 상당히 높은 거래량을 계속해서 유지하는 것을 테스트했습니다. 그러므로 이는 지난 달의 BSV 테스트 결과는 거의 초당 1,700건(매일 1500만 건)의 거래를 처리하는 Visa 및 MasterCard 결제 네트워크량에 가깝다고 볼 수 있습니다. 2020년 2월까지 BSV는 Visa 및 Mastercard 평균 거래량을 초과하게 될 것을 예상되고 있습니다. 그 이후에는 BSV 추후 스케일링은 BSV 블록체인에서 모든 기본 설정 블록 사이즈 제한을 제거해서 현존하는 어떤 것보다 많은 거래량을 제공할 계획입니다. BSV 블록체인이 처리할 수 있는 것은 결제뿐만 아니라 토큰, 스마트 계약, 사물 인터넷(IoT) 및 세계 기업용 다수의 기타 데이터 거래 유형도 있습니다.

nChain 엔지니어링 디렉터 겸 비트코인 SV Node 프로젝트 기술 디렉터인 스티브 셰더스(Steve Shadders)가 말합니다. “향후 몇 달간, 우리는 스케일링 테스트 네트워크의 최대 블록 사이즈 최대 10GB(10,000MB)로 증가해서 추가 콘센서스 업그레이드 없이 초당 수만 건의 거래량으로 증가할 수 있게 할 것입니다. 우리는 블록을 채우는 시대를 지나 무한한 성장의 시대로 도약하는 중입니다. 우리는 목표는 단순히 한계를 넘는 것이 아니라 한계가 없는 것을 증명하는 것입니다.”

STN을 사용하는 것은 회사 및 개발자에 많은 혜택을 제공합니다. 이 네트워크는 지속적이고 다양한 공급의 거래 트래픽을 제공하게 되어 서비스의 전세가 계속해서 역전될 것입니다. 비즈니스는 자신들의 초기 응용 프로그램의 성과 병목 지점을 알 수 있고 로드가 라이브 환경에 이르기 전에 바로잡게 될 것입니다. STN을 이용해서 기업은 고객에게 본인들의 BSV 스케일링 요구사항이 만족되고 있음을 보장할 수 있습니다. 그렇게 되기까지 비트코인 협회 및 비트코인 SV Node팀은 올해 후반쯤에 서비스가 독립적인 탄력 증명서가 될 STN 증명 프로그램을 만들 계획입니다.

또한, STN은 전담 지원팀을 구성해 개발자 및 기업의 문의사항에 지원할 예정입니다. BSV Node 개발자 브라드 크리스텐센(Brad Kristensen)은 STN 관리 매니저역할에 임명되었습니다. Brad는 GPU 시대 마이닝부터 시작해서 nChain 수석 개발자로 글로벌 자문 리더, 블록체인 기술의 연구 개발 등을 비트코인 분야에서 오랜 경력을 쌓았습니다.

비트코인 협회 설립 회장이자 nChain 잔략 자문 위원회장 지미 응우옌(Jimmy Nguyen)은 이렇게 말합니다. “큰 기업은 그들의 큰 거래량 필요를 처리하는 블록체인이 필요합니다. 비트코인 SV 형태의 오리지널 비트코인은 항상 영향력이 있었고, 이제 우리가 최대 스케일링 역량을 잠금해제하고 있습니다. 우리는 세계에 있는 비즈니스가 BSV에서 응용 프로그램들을 만들도록 격려하며, 성장하는 BSV 생태계를 위한 안전한 환경이자 리소스로 스케일링 테스트 네트워크를 제공하게 되어 기쁩니다.”

BSV 스케일링 테스트 네트워크 참여 및 추가 정보는 또는 이메일([email protected])로 확인할 수 있습니다. STN에 가입하고 첨단의 비트코인의 무한한 미래를 펼쳐보세요.

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Scaling-focused changes now available with Bitcoin SV version 0.1.1

Scaling-focused changes now available with Bitcoin SV version 0.1.1

True to its roadmap of enabling massive, secure on-chain scaling, the Bitcoin SV node team rolled out on Monday the updated version of the Bitcoin SV (BSV) client.

The BSV version 0.1.1 adds scaling improvements that will deliver “crucial capacity and performance increases to transaction propagation,” according to the node team. These include faster relaying of transactions to enhance security of instant transactions and larger network messages for handling higher volumes of transactions, as well as increased parallelization of network communication.

Among the notable changes in BSV version 0.1.1 are the removal of random delay, parallelization of inventory-handling code, increase in inventory message size and in max protocol message size. The DNS Seed servers were also updated to exclude the Bitcoin Cash (BCHABC) network; the updated node client also features optional logging of transactional sources; and large invalid block messages will now cause ban instead of disconnect.

Another important update to the 0.1.1 version is the addition of the Scaling Test Network (STN).

“The scaling-focused changes in the release have all been researched and tested in the private Gigablock Testnet which is now being relaunched publicly under the new name: Scaling Testnet (STN),” the Bitcoin SV node team said.

Available on GitHub, the BSV 0.1.1 version features the advances used to achieve the sustained 64MB blocks for straight 24 hours, which showed that the network is capable of delivering constant rates of over 300 transactions per second continuously during a full 24-hour period “with no problem.” Tests for 128MB blocks are already underway, and according to BSV Node lead developer Daniel Connolly, the early results are encouraging.

The global Scaling Test Network is open to anyone in the BSV ecosystem interested in participating in a “continuous flow of transactions with rates reaching 700 transactions per second.” This initiative, according to the node team, paves the way for the creation of an environment where scaling capabilities of existing solutions and scaling technologies can be researched and verified. To learn more about STN, visit the Bitcoin Scaling Test Network site.

The Bitcoin SV version 0.1.1 builds on the improvements made in the initial release candidate, which focused on protocol stability. This time, the node team rolled out modifications that enable massive scaling of the BSV network, allowing major enterprises to build confidently on top of the regulation-friendly BSV chain. As Twitter user Brendan Lee noted: “Bitcoin [now reborn in Bitcoin SV] is scaling on-chain, ready for the world to jump on-board.”