Tadge Dryja on Scaling Bitcoin With Utreexo
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Interview Location: Boston
Interview Date: Thursday 20th June 2019
Company: MIT Digital Currency Initiative
Role: Research Scientist
Scaling has been a constant thorn in the side of Bitcoin. Solutions for scaling has led to a civil war, multiple forks and is the centre of many arguments on Reddit and Twitter.
The Bitcoin blockchain is currently around 230GB and syncing the blockchain can take multiple days. This is just one of the barriers which may put people off running the software, but what if you could run it on your phone? That is exactly what Tadge is trying to achieve with Utreexo. By not worrying about the full history of the blockchain and only concentrating on data that is relevant to you this may be the solution for the ever increasing size of the data.
As well as discussing Utreexo we also get into:
Whether everyone should run a full Bitcoin node
Getting Utreexo into Bitcoin Core
How block explorers can be misleading
What an accumulator is
Taproot and Schnorr signatures
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