Bitcoin network measurements for simulation validation and parameterisation

Muntadher Fadhil, Gareth Owen, Mo Adda

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Bitcoin is gaining increasing popularity nowadays, even though the crypto-currencies field has plenty of digital currencies that have emerged before the adoption of Bitcoin idea. Bitcoin is a decentralized digital currency which relies on set of miners to maintain a distributed public ledger and peer-to-peer network to broadcast transactions. In this paper, we analyse how transaction validation is achieved by the transaction propagation round trip and how transaction dissemination throughout the network can lead to inconsistencies in the view of the current transactions ledger by different nodes. We then measure the transaction propagation delay in the real Bitcoin network and how it is affected by the number of nodes and network topology. This measurement enables a precise validation of any simulation model of the Bitcoin network. Large-scale measurements of the real Bitcoin network are performed in this paper. This will provide an opportunity to parameterise any model of the Bitcoin system accurately.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Eleventh International Network Conference (INC 2016)
PublisherUniversity of Plymouth
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-1841024103
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2016
Event11th International Network Conference - Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: 19 Jul 201621 Jul 2016


Conference11th International Network Conference
Abbreviated titleINC 2016


  • Bitcoin
  • propagation delay
  • simulation validation


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