Support for BIP 100, the market-led scalability fix from core developer Jeff Garzik, is growing as more miners pick sides in bitcoin's block size debate.
Miners have the ability to voice their preference for which proposal they support, be it BIP 100 or an 8MB increase, when they 'tag' each block they mine. Unlike votes for controversial bitcoin client XT, these tags will not trigger a hard fork of the software.
This, Garzik says, is a less risky way to test bigger blocks incrementally – and one that will allow miners to adjust to any potential issues in real-time.
The 'tags' come following the announcement of a two-day bitcoin scalability workshop for the currency's key engineers and academics in Montreal next month. It is rumoured to be the first time bitcoin's top developers will meet all together in person. Another, to be held in Hong Kong, is pencilled in for later this year to cater for the vast mining community located in China.
Currently, DiscusFish / F2Pool, Kano CKPool and Bit Club network, which accounts for around 1.4% of the current hashrate, are supporting BIP 100. Yet, as the statistic above show, miners presenting over half of bitcoin's hashpower have not yet wavered from the current 1MB default. Some may yet specify their preference, others may not.
Of all the proposed changes, an 8MB increase has the biggest share of bitcoin's hashrate (25.5%), with support from KnCMiner, Antpool, 21 Inc and BW Pool. Meanwhile, Gavin Andresen's XT fork – which has been branded "dangerous" by some core developers – lags behind with 1%, despite 14.6% of nodes showing support.
Additionally, Slush.io, the only mining pools having voted for XT so far, appears to have 'switched off' its vote in its most recent blocks.
The leader in news and information on cryptocurrency, digital assets and the future of money, CoinDesk is an award-winning media outlet that strives for the highest journalistic standards and abides by a strict set of editorial policies. In November 2023, CoinDesk was acquired by Bullish, a cryptocurrency exchange, which in turn is owned by Block.one, a firm with interests in a variety of blockchain and digital asset businesses and significant holdings of digital assets including bitcoin and EOS. CoinDesk operates as an independent subsidiary, and an editorial committee, chaired by a former editor-in-chief of The Wall Street Journal, is being formed to support journalistic integrity.