• OnChain Scaling to become The Future of Bitcoin

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  • OnChain Scaling Conference #3

    The Future of Bitcoin

    November 30th, 2016

    OnChain Scaling Conferences acknowledges that the Bitcoin network is increasingly running at full capacity, as the world discovers the advantages and great potential of the Bitcoin blockchain. As with our previous events, we provide a support platform for Bitcoin developers and researchers to present their knowledge and expertise to the community, while searching for best ways to scale the bitcoin network and include technical solutions that directly or indirectly increase transaction throughput and presentations may include hard and soft forks, bitcoin governance, economic, legal or social aspects of the on-chain scaling of bitcoin

     

    With representatives from: Bitcoin Classic, Bitcoin Unlimited, Bitcoin XT and Bitcoin.com

  • Roger Ver - Economic Factors leading to Bitcoin’s Success​

    Roger Ver

    Roger is the CEO and founder of MemoryDealers.com, the first mainstream business to start accepting bitcoin and Roger is also the CEO at Bitcoin.com.

     

    With an educational background in economics and computer science, Bitcoin caught his attention in late 2010 and he has been a devoted promoter of Bitcoin and the benefits

    of Digital Currencies as a technological advance that can greatly enhance

    the free flow of payments around the world.

     

    Roger has invested in numerous Bitcoin related startups and fondly believes that there are numerous ways that Bitcoin will change the world for the better.

     

  • Tom Zander - Bitcoin Classic is Back & Flexible Transactions

    Tom Zander

    Tom Zander is a software guru, open source fan and developer. Tom has more than 20 years professional programming experience in a range of languages. Tom’s experience has been varied, but his focus is on C++ & Linux.

     

    Since 1998 Tom has been involved in various open source projects. His first big application that was released was part of KDE in 2000. Tom has been involved with Bitcoin since 2013 and has worked with financial companies to learn more about economics, money and fin-tech.

     

  • Amaury Sechet - A Journey to the Moon, Bitcoin as a World Currency

    Amaury Sechet

    Amaury Sechet is a software engineer at Facebook, LLVM committer and the main developer of the D compiler SDC.

     

    He learned about bitcoin in 2010 and got involved as early as 2011 but mostly, quietly. Seeing Bitcoin failing to scale, he decided to take matter into its own hands and decided to apply his experience of large scale systems to Bitcoin.

  • Tom Harding - Scalable Payment Verification Network

    Tom Harding

    Tom Harding is a Bitcoin open source contributor and has been a Bitcoiner since 2011, a developer since 2014 and currently maintains the GitHub repository for the Bitcoin XT implementation

     

  • Andrew Clifford - Emergent Consensus

    Andrew Clifford

    Andrew Clifford saw the potential benefits that a new non-fiat currency system could bring to the world and has strived to use his knowledge to help Bitcoin succeed. His background is mainframe systems and he started information technology work in the early 1980’s developing accounting applications.

     

    Andrew is now the president of Bitcoin Unlimited which he describes is a “refreshing return to Bitcoin’s original principles: main-chain scaling, real decentralization, 0-conf, user-friendly functions, trust in market forces, and democratic decisions.”

     

     

  • Onchain Scaling Conference - Encore Edition

    August 30, 2016

    Bitcoin developer Jeff Garzik joins lawyer Andrew Hinkes, and professor Emin Gün Sirer for the OnChain Scaling Conference - Encore Edition .

  • A Bitcoin Status Report

    A risk posture based on current technical capabilities will overly constrain any system's growth. Bitcoin and the world at large are complex dynamic systems that respond to feedback. A useful system growing will be met with virtuous, self-reinforcing cycles of improvement as capacity challenges appear.

    Jeff Garzik

    A futurist, entrepreneur and software engineer. Jeff is co-founder and CEO of Bloq. Jeff serves on the board of Coin Center, and the advisory board of BitFury, BitPay, Chain.com, Netki and WayPaver Labs. Jeff has delivered presentations on bitcoin and blockchain at TEDx, State of Digital Money, many bitcoin conferences, as well as private briefings to corporations, governments, central banks, and hedge funds.
    Jeff has a long history of early technology adoption. After helping to inaugurate CNN.com on the Internet in the early 1990s, he worked for a succession of Internet startups and service providers. At the same time, he worked continuously on open source software engineering projects for over two decades.
    Involvement in one of the best known open source projects - the Linux kernel - led to an extended tenure at Linux leader Red Hat during open source's most formative years. Jeff's work is found in every Android phone and data center Linux installation today.
    In July 2010, Jeff stumbled across a post describing bitcoin. Immediately recognizing the potential of a concept previously thought impossible -- decentralized digital money, he did what came naturally: developed bitcoin open source software. That gave rise to the start of micro-businesses with bitcoin at their foundation. Almost by accident, Jeff found himself at the heart of the global, revolutionary, technology phenomenon known as bitcoin.

  • Scaling Bitcoin for the Next Generation

    In this talk, I'll describe Bitcoin-NG (Next Generation), a new blockchain protocol designed to scale. Bitcoin-NG is a Byzantine fault tolerant blockchain protocol that is robust to extreme churn and shares the same trust model as Bitcoin. I'll describe the novel techniques Bitcoin-NG uses to achieve extreme scale, the novel metrics we have introduced for measuring the performance of blockchains, and a novel experimental framework we are building in order to measure empirical performance in repeatable situations. Unlike other scaling techniques, such as payment channels and the Lightning Network, Bitcoin-NG has well understood performance that does not depend on the emergent properties of the credit graph, leaks no information about the relationships between different actors, does not complicate the user experience, and requires very little change to existing clients. Overall, our experiments demonstrate that Bitcoin-NG scales optimally, with bandwidth limited only by the capacity of the individual nodes and latency limited only by the propagation time of the network.

    Emin Gün Sirer

    Emin Gun Sirer is a professor of computer science at Cornell University, where he is also a co-director for the Initiative for Cryptocurrencies and Smart Contracts. His research focuses on all things related to decentralized systems. His group is known for having discovered and fixed the Selfish Mining attack, having developed Bitcoin-NG, a next generation protocol that is compatible with Bitcoin that supports VISA-level scale on chain, having deployed Falcon, a relay network to improve mining decentralization, and having proposed Bitcoin vaults, a technique to deter thefts of bitcoins at rest.

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    The Law of Forks

    What Happened When Ethereum Forked, And What Bitcoin Can Learn.

    A review of the legalities of Hard Forks, with an emphasis on Bitcoin, stakeholders and special interests.

    Andrew Hinkes, Esq

    Represents leading companies & entrepreneurs in state and federal commercial litigation matters related to contract litigation, representation of court-appointed fiduciaries, business torts, bankruptcy adversary litigation, employment-related litigation, and electronic discovery. Andrew also advises clients regarding document retention issues, management of electronically stored information, electronic records management strategies, and web site terms of service and privacy policies. Andrew is frequently published and cited for his work in the virtual currency area, and is a noted authority in the areas of virtual currencies, smart contracts, distributed ledger-based technologies, computer data security/breaches, and technology regulation.

  • First Edition - Video's

    Conference Presentations from June 24-26, 2016

  • Tom Zander

    Tom Zander

    Tom is a software guru, open source fan and developer. Tom has more than 20 years professional programming experience in a range of languages. Toms experience has been varied, but focus is on C++ & Linux. Since 1998 Tom has been involved in various open source projects. His first big application that was released was part of KDE in 2000. Tom is involved with Bitcoin since 2013 and has worked in financial companies in order to learn more about economics, money and fin-tech.

    Steady Growth comes from Steady Innovation

    Tom Zander's talk takes a look at bitcoin communication on the network. Tom explains how it works and attempts to find various parts that could become better. He will explain one solution for scaling which he coined Optimistic Mining more in depth. (27 min +Q&A)

     

  • Bob McElrath

    Dr. Bob McElrath

    Bob's first career was as a theoretical physicist, and he wrote 30+ papers on on Higgs bosons, dark matter, and black holes at particle colliders like the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. That wasn't nearly interesting enough for him so he took a left turn into remaking money with cryptography, and is now CTO and Chief Scientist for SolidX Partners in New York. He's now working on building an identity platform on blockchains and tutoring bankers about Bitcoin.
    Bob is an editor for the Ledger Journal.

    Braiding the Blockchain

    The "chain" structure of Bitcoin only works if the network is synchronous and new blocks are propagated with zero latency. Since the real network is asynchronous, orphans (stale blocks) appear due to this communications latency. By allowing blocks to name multiple parents, we can tie up asynchronously produced blocks into a specialization of a Directed Acyclic Graph we call a "braid". The orphan problem causes a race condition among miners that reduces the security of the system [Eyal et. al.]. We present an analysis of this braid structure on a Bitcoin-like network and present (1) how to achieve the fastest possible block time in such an asynchronous network (2) an analysis of the Bitcoin network under this additional assumption -- which indicates an optimal equivalent block time of 11.6s. Moving to a braid can drastically increase the transaction rate accepted by the network while reducing the block time, provide a mechanism to heal network splits, and dynamically adjust to changing network conditions. (32min + Q&A)

  • Andrew Hinkes

    Andrew Hinkes, Esq

    Andrew Hinkes represents leading companies & entrepreneurs in state and federal commercial litigation matters related to contract litigation, representation of court-appointed fiduciaries, business torts, bankruptcy adversary litigation, employment-related litigation, and electronic discovery. Andrew also advises clients regarding document retention issues, management of electronically stored information, electronic records management strategies, and web site terms of service and privacy policies. Andrew is frequently published and cited for his work in the virtual currency area, and is a noted authority in the areas of virtual currencies, smart contracts, distributed ledger-based technologies, computer data security/breaches, and technology regulation.

    The Passion of TheDao

    Analysis of TheDao's governance failures and how future smart contract platforms can avoid disaster. (61 min.)

  • Peter Rizun

    Dr. Peter Rizun

    Peter R. Rizun is a physicist and entrepreneur living in Vancouver, Canada, and is co-founder and co-managing editor for Ledger. His main research interest is developing analytical theory that explains properties and emergent phenomenon of the Bitcoin Network. He has written two papers related to Bitcoin that received significant interest, “A Transaction Fee Market Exists Without A Block Size Limit” and “Reduce Orphaning Risk and Improve Zero Confirmation Security With Subchains”, and gave a talk on block space as an economic commodity at the Scaling Bitcoin conference in Montreal. He was the recipient of the $105,000 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) CGS Doctoral Award and was recognized as a “Leader of Tomorrow” by the Alberta Science and Technology Foundation (ASTech). He holds a B.A.S

    Block Propagation and the Z-parameter

    This talk will explore how block propagation, as described by the Z-parameter, affects both the market price for block space and a node’s ability to "keep up” with the blockchain. The key takeaway is that an increase in the quantity of block space produced by miners naturally corresponds with improvements in the network's ability to produce that block space. The network can grow organically without the need for top-down interventions by developers. (21 min + Q&A)

  • Riccardo Spagni

    Riccardo Spagni

    Riccardo is a member of the Monero Core Development Team. With an academic background in informatics and logistics, Riccardo spent years in software development and the import/export industry. Due to the success of the business he started with his wife, he had enough freedom to start tinkering with Bitcoin in 2011. In 2012 he became involved in various cryptocurrency-related projects. Riccardo and his wife live along the Garden Route on the coast of South Africa, where he spends weekends pack rafting, hanging out with their six dogs, building and flying multicopters, playing with LEGO, and collecting watches.

    Dynamic Block Size Caps

    What should the long term solution for the Bitcoin blocksize be? Although there is much debate about how to implement it, there isn't much contention over the fact that current static block size cap is not optimal in the long term. An overview of existing proposals, along with a comparison and history of Monero's working dynamic block size. (30 min + Q&A)

  • Meni Rosenfeld

    Meni Rosenfeld

    Meni Rosenfeld is a mathematics M.Sc. graduate of the Weizmann Institute of Science, specializing in machine learning. He has worked as the head of research of the internet startup Similarweb, where he was in charge of developing algorithms for measuring connections between websites and analyzing web traffic. After being exposed to Bitcoin in March 2011, he has focused exclusively on activity in this field. He has established the Bitcoin community in Israel, founded Bitcoil - Israel's first Bitcoin exchange service, and performed mathematical research on the algorithms that underlie the functioning of the Bitcoin and blockchain system. He now serves as the chairman of the Israeli Bitcoin Association.

    A fork in the road: Must we choose a path?

    Many people have been anxious about choosing sides in the debate over Bitcoin's scaling and governance, and dreading the possibility of a contentious hard fork tearing the community apart. But do we really have to choose? What if splitting the Bitcoin network can actually be a natural process in Bitcoin's evolution? And where does the power to decide Bitcoin's rules ultimately come from, anyway? (25 min + Q&A)

  • Andrea Suisani

    Andrea Suisani

    A software developer for almost twenty years, recently transitioned to what they use to call a full-stack software developer. That means doing 4 jobs while being payed only for one. On the bright side such a role gives opportunity to improve skills through a lot of IT fields like database system administration, system administration, coding and project management. Holding a Bachelor degree in statistics, and getting into Bitcoin in 2011, Andrea briefly pool mined with a Radeon GPU, and hasn't looked back since.

    Block Propagation using Xthin: Setup and Testing Process

    The main objective was to obtain useful BU node performance statistics for real-time block propagation within and outside the Great Firewall of China (GFC) along with a more in deep knowledge of performance gain brought by Xthin technology when used on the broad bitcoin p2p network. During the talk I’ll cover all the needed steps we had to made to achieve our goal and what we have learnt about the interaction between the bitcoin p2p network and the GFC. (37 min + Q&A)

  • Andrew Stone

    Andrew Stone

    Andrew Stone is the developer of Bitcoin Unlimited, has been an investor in Bitcoin since early 2012 and is currently the Software Architect at OpenClovis, Inc, a company that provides clustering and high availability software to telecom, aerospace and defense equipment manufacturers.

    Expedited Forwarding in Bitcoin Unlimited

    To optimise the propagation of transactions and blocks, it makes sense to minimize the per-hop latency -- that is, minimize the time it takes to move data from one node to another. Currently, the bitcoin network uses a three message sequential conversation to send a block or transaction. This talk will report on efforts and discuss strategies to reduce this to a single message, and will also provide a general Bitcoin Unlimited status update. (31 min + Q&A)

  • Chronos Crypto

    Chronos Crypto

    Chronos Crypto is a long-time Bitcoin enthusiast, with a degree in Computer Science and a passion for finance and macroeconomics. His perspective on the world financial system is that another catastrophe is increasingly inevitable, and Bitcoin needs to be ready. Over the past two years, he has operated a crypto-oriented YouTube channel, where he covers the finer points of blockchain technology.

    Xtreme Thinblocks

    The bandwidth and time required to propagate new blocks on the Bitcoin network presents a scaling challenge. Xtreme Thinblocks uses a unique Bloom filter to take advantage of the shared knowledge of pending transactions, reducing the resources needed to send new blocks between nodes. (31 min + Q&A)

  • Charles Evans

    Dr. Charles Evans

    Dr. Evans is Associate Professor of Economics and Finance at Barry University in Miami, Florida, and Executive Director of Conscious Entrepreneurship Foundation, which promotes the use of Bitcoin and other fintech innovations among the 80+% of the world's population that is unbanked or underbanked. His academic research focuses on Bitcoin, including "Bitcoin in Islamic Banking and Finance" and "The Blind Economists and the Elephant: Bitcoin and Monetary Separation."

    Dr. Evans has been teaching Economics and Finance since 2003, and has been involved with virtual currencies since the first wave of moneypunk projects during the 1990s Dot.Com Era. He is an Editor of Ledger, the peer-reviewed journal that focuses on cryptocurrency, and a member of the National Association of Forensic Economics (NAFE) and the Financial Education Association (FEA).

     

    The Micro-Global Economy

    My presentation focuses on Bitcoin use cases in small-scale, cross-border trade. I am Executive Director of Conscious Entrepreneurship Foundation, which promotes the use of Bitcoin among the world's unbanked and underbanked. Currently, we work primarily with entrepreneurs in Sub-Saharan Africa, mostly in West Africa: Ghana, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. For the 5.5 billion potential Bitcoin users, its use as a P2P medium of exchange is of greatest value. (34min + Q&A)

  • Satoshi's Vision: Development and Scaling Conference

    September 25, 2016

    Bitcoin developers from Bitcoin Unlimited and other development teams.

  • John Swingle - Bitcoin Etiquette: Choosing a Fork

    John Swingle - Bitcoin Etiquette: Choosing a Fork

    Satoshi's Vision: Development and Scaling Conference
    25 September 2016, San Francisco

  • Justus Ranvier - Risk Management with Multiple Full Node Implementations

    Justus Ranvier - Risk Management with Multiple Full Node Implementations

    Satoshi's Vision: Development and Scaling Conference
    25 September 2016, San Francisco

  • Jerry David Chan - Welcome Message

    Jerry David Chan - Welcome Message

    Satoshi's Vision: Development and Scaling Conference
    25 September 2016, San Francisco

  • Andrew Clifford - Emergent Consensus and Market Forces in Cryptocurrency

    Andrew Clifford - Emergent Consensus and Market Forces in Cryptocurrency

    Satoshi's Vision: Development and Scaling Conference
    25 September 2016, San Francisco

  • Dagur Valburg Johansson - Xthin versus Compact Blocks

    Dagur Valburg Johansson - Xthin versus Compact Blocks

    Satoshi's Vision: Development and Scaling Conference
    25 September 2016, San Francisco

  • Emil Oldenburg - Implementing Xpedited Block Relay for the Bitcoin.com Mining Pool

    Emil Oldenburg - Implementing Xpedited Block Relay for the Bitcoin.com Mining Pool

    Satoshi's Vision: Development and Scaling Conference
    25 September 2016, San Francisco

  • Peter Rizun - Subchains

    Peter Rizun - Subchains

    Satoshi's Vision: Development and Scaling Conference
    25 September 2016, San Francisco

  • Tom Harding - A Billion SPV Wallets

    Tom Harding - A Billion SPV Wallets

    Satoshi's Vision: Development and Scaling Conference
    25 September 2016, San Francisco

  • Andrea Suisani - Block Propagation Using Xthin Empirical Results

    Andrea Suisani - Block Propagation Using Xthin Empirical Results

    Satoshi's Vision: Development and Scaling Conference
    25 September 2016, San Francisco

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    As Bitcoin faces its first evolutionary growing pains and active debate about the future of the network continues, the need for open dialog is becoming more important than ever. The purpose of OnChain Scaling events is to bring focus to solutions and ideas that will help scale the on-chain network capacity and ecosystem.

     

    In addition the aim is to fully address and explore the widespread global effect of Bitcoin, its potential to change and revolutionize the way people think about economics and money, and how it can be used to empower the underserved. Topics for discussion and presentation can range from mining economics, online privacy, network security and resiliency, user interface, consensus algorithms, legal ramifications and financial disruption.

     

    As Bitcoin is a global phenomenon which aims to serve the underserved, OnChain Scaling events will be held entirely online through virtual presence, in order to be accommodating and accessible to all netizens, citizens of the internet. Bitcoin is money for the internet, for those without sovereignty, and so internet access is all that is required to attend these townhalls. We do not want to exclude interested parties because they can't afford to travel halfway around the globe.

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  • About OnChainScaling .com

    OnChain Scaling Conferences started as a Bitcoin Classic project.

     

    Academics or visionaries with proposals regarding scaling the Bitcoin network, please email onchainscaling@gmail.com. Please include a copy or link to an abstract of your research paper or your presentation topic.

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