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Visualization of Blockchain Consensus Degradation


Ambrosini, Luca; Piškorec, Matija; Tessone, Claudio (2022). Visualization of Blockchain Consensus Degradation. In: 2022 IEEE International Conference on Blockchain and Cryptocurrency (ICBC), Shanghai, China, 2 May 2022 - 5 May 2022. Institut of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 1-2.

Abstract

In this paper we present a prototype system for easy testing and visualization of the Bitcoin consensus protocol. The system consists of a modified version of the Bitcoin Core client which is intended to run on Raspberry PI machines, modified so that the latency in the block production and propagation can be manually introduced, which simulates network communication issues in the real Bitcoin network. Built-in LCD displays on each machine visualize current state of their local blockchains which allows easy visual observation of the consensus in the network. As machines are running fully capable Bitcoin Core clients, as well as mining clients for production of new blocks in the Proof of Work (PoW) consensus protocol, it is possible to investigate different configuration scenarios and when these lead to the break of the consensus.

Abstract

In this paper we present a prototype system for easy testing and visualization of the Bitcoin consensus protocol. The system consists of a modified version of the Bitcoin Core client which is intended to run on Raspberry PI machines, modified so that the latency in the block production and propagation can be manually introduced, which simulates network communication issues in the real Bitcoin network. Built-in LCD displays on each machine visualize current state of their local blockchains which allows easy visual observation of the consensus in the network. As machines are running fully capable Bitcoin Core clients, as well as mining clients for production of new blocks in the Proof of Work (PoW) consensus protocol, it is possible to investigate different configuration scenarios and when these lead to the break of the consensus.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), not_refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Informatics
Dewey Decimal Classification:000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
Scopus Subject Areas:Physical Sciences > Computer Networks and Communications
Physical Sciences > Hardware and Architecture
Social Sciences & Humanities > Information Systems and Management
Social Sciences & Humanities > Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)
Physical Sciences > Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
Uncontrolled Keywords:Degradation;Visualization;Conferences;Prototypes;Bitcoin;Production;Proof of Work;blockchain;Proof of Work;consensus mechanism;Bitcoin;cryptocurrency;Raspberry PI
Scope:Discipline-based scholarship (basic research)
Language:English
Event End Date:5 May 2022
Deposited On:19 Feb 2024 10:19
Last Modified:31 Mar 2024 01:40
Publisher:Institut of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
ISBN:978-1-6654-9538-7
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1109/ICBC54727.2022.9805498