Knowing Forks and Bitcoin

Bitcoin has captured maximum trade market with having market capital of $1.24 trillion on October 21 after gaining hike of $66,000 as per CoinMarketCap. In addition to this, the cryptocurrencies as Bitcoin SV and Bitcoin Cash belonging to familiar Bitcoin family with certain differences and familiarities. There are some questions in concern with these new versions of cryptocurrency as to how are they different from one another and the answer to these could come out by understanding Bitcoin forks and the responsibility attached with such forks for creation of Bitcoin variants.

Types of Forks

Bitcoin fork is an upgrade in the network so started by the crypto community or by the developers. The types of forks and their uses are:
• Soft Forks: This fork is small upgrade and it requires majority of nodes for upgradation to latest variant. This fork is having its compatibility backwards, thereby aiding in successful use and sharing of data from the earlier versions of the network. They also tend to bring minute changes and so don’t depart from their parent chain.
• Hard Forks: Tend to create major changes and so have the requirement of upgrading every node to newer rules. But these forks tend to permanently separate from older chains , making the latest variants incompatible with the older variants as Bitcoin Cash.
The creation of Bitcoin Fork was made due to hard fork, resulting to disappointment within Bitcoin community over speed, block size and transaction fees for adding additional features to present Bitcoin. In total there are 100 BTC forks, amongst which 74 variants are still in use.

Bitcoin Variants
• Bitcoin SV
• Bitcoin Cash (BCH)

Description Of Bitcoin Cash (BCH)

Hard Fork is the reason for origin of this variant in August 2017 and the upgradation of Segwit2x was suggested by a bit of Bitcoin community for scaling up the blockchain by bringing down the transaction fee and raising of the size of blockchain. But Segwit2x would put undue force on the miners and full-node operators for storing the data which is excess. Such a proposal had made the origin of hard fork, Bitcoin Cash (BCH).
Where the second largest fork is BCH and electronic cash is being taken care of on this, having block size as 32MB and on the other hand BTC is having block size of only 1MB. In addition to this, the transaction rate is fast of around 200 TPS, simultaneously having the transaction cost low. Last but not the least, the Bitcoin Cash is further parted into Bitcoin Cash ABC and Bitcoin Cash Node (BCN).

Description Of Bitcoin Satoshi Vision (BSV)

BSV was created in November 2018 with the efforts of Australian Computer scientist Craig Wright who had requested the community for increasing block size of BCH to 128 MB. Bitcoin SV had also enlarged the block size by 1TB, which tended to be much bigger than Bitcoin. The transaction cost of BSV is low when compared with the three versions of Bitcoin, with having high transaction speed of 9000 TPS cause of large block size. BitcoinScaling Test Network (STN) is the scaling base being used by BSV for getting the desired scalability.
The Bitcoin SV Academy being the educational base and the banking application Gravity providing the largest case for accepting BSV. Peer to peer financial infrastructure is one valid infrastructure supported by BSV’s followers as per to the foresight of Satoshi Nakamoto (the one famous personality behind the birth of Bitcoin), being priced at $170.80 on October 27 as per the chart of CoinMarketCap. Besides Bitcoin hard forks other popular ones are Bitcoin Cloud, Bitcoin Classic, Bitcoin Gold and Bitcoin Private.

Basic Resemblance Amongst BCH, BTC and BSV

Each Bitcoin version have the similar stock supply of around 21 million coins and a sum of supply of these three coins is estimated to be exhausted by 2140. Working of both BTC and BCH models are based on (Proof-Of-Work) POW model. Last but not the least as Bitcoin, the BCH blockchain assures transparency and is accessible by public and modification isn’t possible by individual entity.

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