Scaling Bitcoin MontrealSeptember 12, 2015
I was very proud to have served as Program Chair for the 2015 Scaling Bitcoin conference in Montreal.
Scalability is not a single parameter; there are many opportunities to make the Bitcoin protocol more efficient and better able to service the needs of its growing userbase. Each approach to further scaling the Bitcoin blockchain involves implicit trade offs of desired properties of the whole system. As a community we need to raise awareness of the complex and subtle issues involved, facilitate deeper research and testing of existing proposals, and motivate future work in this area.