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Perspective: Takeaways from the Scalingbitcoin Workshop in Montreal, September 12 and 13, 2015

Perspective: Takeaways from the Scalingbitcoin Workshop in Montreal, September 12 and 13, 2015

This IDC Financial Insights Perspective looks at the Scalingbitcoin Workshop in Montreal held on September 12 and 13, 2015, which IDC Financial Insights attended. This event was the first occasion that brought together over 250 attendees from the bitcoin (BTC) community and a large percentage from the bitcoin development sector. The agenda was driven by technical presentations given by bitcoin developers and academic researchers. The focus was on the 29 individuals giving the presentations and not on the organizations they might be associated with. While there were 39 corporate sponsors, there were no booths or exhibits and no marketing, sales, or lobbying initiatives.This document does not drill into the technology details but focuses on the impact that the concepts presented at the Montreal event may have on bitcoin in the future. .


In This Perspective
IDC Financial Insights Opinion
Scalingbitcoin Event Overview
Background
Montreal Event
Event Organization
Event Impact
Montreal Event Presentation Summaries
Bitcoin Mining Effort
Bitcoin Mining Economics
Proposed Software Changes
Bitcoin Network
Governance
Academic Involvement
Essential Guidance
Appendix
A Bit of Bitcoin History
Bitcoin Architecture
The Bitcoin Transaction Verification Process
Bitcoin Power Issue
Bitcoin Miners
Bitcoin Network
The Bitcoin Transaction Limit Problem
Bitcoin Core Software
Bitcoin XT
Arguments Against Increasing the Block Size
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