Bitcoin Core 0.15 to be released

Bitcoin Core 0.15 release presented by the developers in San Francisco
05 September 2017   1651

The new Bitcoin Core 0.15 software was presented by the developers at a recent meet up in San Francisco. A detailed report describing the key features was prepared by Greg Maxwell.

The release of the new version of the official client has been expected to take place by September 1st, but was postponed to September 14th-15th. As noted by Maxwell, a two-week delay is connected with the extremely high activity among the of developers as well as with the fact that not all of them have an access to the necessary cryptographic keys.

Thus, the Bitcoin Core  release plan looks as follows.

Bitcoin Core releases Bitcoin Core releases 

According to Maxwell, while working on v0.15, the main focus was primarily on the software performance. One of the reasons for this is the rapid growth of Bitcoin, which requires faster software. Speaking of improving productivity, one of the most important areas of work is a complete rework of the Chainstate (UTXO) database, meaning the output of unspent transactions.

The Chainstate (UTXO) database rework The Chainstate (UTXO) database rework

At the same time, there was a 15% increase in the size of the database on the disk (up to 2.8 GB), but, as noted by the developers, the overall performance improvement compensates it to the full. Another improvement related to the Chainstate database is a delayed (non-atomic) cache flushing.

Furthermore, among the other changes are:

  • The platform work boost
  • Caching of the script validation
  • Multiwallet
  • Improved mechanism for calculating and processing fees
  • Full support for SegWit

Binance to Launch Crypto-Fiat Exchange at Jersey

The new exchange will feature BTC / GBP, ETH / GBP, BTC / EUR and ETH / EUR trading pairs
16 January 2019   72

Binance has opened a branch at Jersey island, targeting Europe and the UK. Its clients will be able to trade Bitcoin and Ethereum for the euro and the British pound. 

The new exchange will feature BTC / GBP, ETH / GBP, BTC / EUR and ETH / EUR trading pairs. To start trading, users must undergo KYC verification.

According to Binance CFO Ju Wei, bidding cryptocurrencies for fiat money will provide Europeans with new opportunities in the face of uncertainty with Brexit affecting the euro and the pound.

Wei also stressed that a strong legal framework makes Jersey one of the leaders in the development of blockchain technology.