Bitcoin Core works on a new scaling upgrade

Having SegWit activated, the Bitcoin Core team is now working on a new Bitcoin scaling solution
13 October 2017   1513

SegWit, a process by which the block size limit on a blockchain is increased by removing signature data from Bitcoin transaction, has successfully locked-in the Bitcoin network. Still, it seems like Bitcoin's Core developer team isn't done scaling the cryptocurrency's protocol.

Thus, while a lot of users are looking for more aggressive scaling via the controversial Segwit2x proposal, Bitcoin Core team is working on other technology called "Schnorr signatures".  It offers another signature scheme option alongside Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm (ECDSA). One benefit is that it supports "signature aggregation" on the Bitcoin blockchain. Hence, the change aims to consolidate activity that already takes place on the network with each transaction. Under the ECDSA scheme, each piece of a Bitcoin transaction is signed individually, while with Schnorr signatures, all of this data can be signed once.

As a blockstream engineer, Jonas Nick, claims to coindesk.com, this method of mashing signature data together should be considered "low-hanging fruit for helping bitcoin scale". First, by decreasing the number of signatures, it increases the amount of transaction data that can fit into each block. Second, by merging signatures, the technology could enhance privacy by making it harder to determine where transactions are coming from. Third, it's believed the change could curb "spam attacks", where one entity sends a bunch of small bitcoin transactions that take up extra space in the blockchain, potentially making nodes more difficult to run.

Bitcoin price chart on coinmarketcap.com
Bitcoin price chart on coinmarketcap.com

Meanwhile, Bitcoin price is growing: at the time of writing, the first cryptocurrency price is about $5490.12 (to the moon!), its market capitalization is $91,244,625,004. 

Lightning Labs to Raise $10M

As reported, the raised funds will be allocated to enforce the team with developers and commercial speciaslists
06 February 2020   301

Lightning Labs attracted $ 10 million investment during the A-series financing round, and also introduced a beta version of its payment service for outlets that work with bitcoin.

If bitcoin is going to reach its potential as a viable global currency, it’s going to need to scale beyond the base layer. Similar to how Visa relieves banks from handling all fiat currency traffic, Lightning relieves the base bitcoin chain from handing all transactions, thus bring more speed and fee efficiency to the network.

 

Brian Murray

Managing Director at Craft Ventures

With the help of the raised funds, the company intends to hire more developers and commercial specialists, so that it will be able to convey the applied solutions to users. In 2018, Lightning Labs unveiled a beta version of its LND scaling solution and received $ 2.5 million investment from several investors, including Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Litecoin creator Charlie Lee.

Now a beta version of the new Lightning Loop service has been launched, with the help of which outlets can more effectively manage payment channels and maintain liquidity in them. Several customers have already become interested in this tool, including the developer of the Fold shopping application, which processed approximately 1,600 transactions through the Lightning Network during the holidays in 2019.

We’re growing fast and Lightning Labs’ loop service makes it simple to manage our lightning node’s liquidity, letting our team focus on building out great user experiences that bring lightning to the world.

 

Will Reeves

Fold

According to Lightning Labs, this year the company will be developing tools for working with larger payment channels. We are talking about both individual channels, which individually can hold more than $ 1,500, and multidirectional ones, which break down payments into smaller parts.