[bitcoin-dev] Forcenet: an experimental network with a new header format

Tier Nolan tier.nolan at gmail.com
Sat Dec 10 21:29:09 UTC 2016

On Sun, Dec 4, 2016 at 7:34 PM, Johnson Lau via bitcoin-dev <
bitcoin-dev at lists.linuxfoundation.org> wrote:

> Something not yet done:
> 1. The new merkle root algorithm described in the MMHF BIP

Any new merkle algorithm should use a sum tree for partial validation and
fraud proofs.

Is there something special about 216 bits?  I guess at most 448 bits total
means only one round of SHA256.  16 bits for flags would give 216 for each

Even better would be to make the protocol extendable.  Allow blocks to
indicate new trees and legacy nodes would just ignore the extra ones.  If
Bitcoin supported that then the segregated witness tree could have been
added as a easier soft fork.

The sum-tree could be added later as an extra tree.

> 3. Communication with legacy nodes. This version can’t talk to legacy
> nodes through the P2P network, but theoretically they could be linked up
> with a bridge node

The bridge would only need to transfer the legacy blocks which are coinbase
only, so very little data.

> 5. Many other interesting hardfork ideas, and softfork ideas that works
> better with a header redesign

That is very true.
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