A word of warning to members of the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) community, beware of the so-called network stress test. The BCH blockchain, after all, has already been thoroughly tested prior to any upgrade.
The BCH community has recently been requested to participate in an experiment on September designed to test the limits of the network. The goal of the test, which reportedly involves the simultaneous processing of millions of low-fee transactions, is to push the boundaries of Bitcoin Cash—already one of the most robust networks in the world.
Needless to say, the plan has already raised some red flags. On Reddit, some community members questioned the stress test’s goal of creating “millions of minimum fee transactions within a 24-hour period.”
In the original post, u/CJL11 wrote, “If the bitcoin cash network does indeed process over at least 5 million transactions within a 24 hour period, it should confirm bitcoin can scale on-chain and end the scalability debate once and for all.” In response, Reddit user wintercooled pointed out that, “…stuffing 32mb into 32mb blocks for a few hours will not prove that scaling on chain and remaining decentralised has in any way been ‘confirmed’. You just confirm that 32 = 32.” Meanwhile, user mrtest001 asked: why limit the test to just 24 hours?
Compounding the issue are the emails circulating in the last couple of days requesting mining pools to accept 1 Satoshi in mining fee transactions as part of the experiment. In an email to CoinGeek, a representative of the BCH stress test team said, “Our hope is that as mempools fill with these low fee transactions, other miners will start accepting, propagating and mining them. We intend not to cause clogging of the UTXO set by sending most (except splitting) transactions as single input, single output minus fees.”
“The goal of the ‘ramp test’ it is to show that BCH can not only handle more volume than all the other networks, but that it can do so at a much lower cost,” according to the email.
bComm Association President Emmanuel Duran Campana pointed out the futility of such endeavor, since the BCH network has already been tested for months on the Testnet.
In a statement, Campana said, “The full node implementations and miners, members of bComm, do not endorse this stress test attack. We call all the miners to be careful about fraudulent emails sent the last couple of days asking to accept 1 Satoshi mining fee transactions. The scalability and security of the Bitcoin Cash blockchain has been thoroughly tested, prior to any upgrades, for months, on the Testnet.”
bComm Association is an industry group that intends to be the focal point for miners, merchants, exchanges, developers and members of the BCH community. Its founding board of directors is composed of some of the largest and most influential companies in the BCH community: Bitcoin ABC, Bitcoin.com, CoinGeek, Lokad and nChain. Joining the bComm Association is free and open to all crypto enthusiasts and laypeople to what to learn and explore Bitcoin BCH. Learn more about the association here.
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