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"Enabling Blockchain Innovations with Pegged Sidechains" (pdf, 2014)

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Post by Pattern_Juggled » Sat Jan 31, 2015 12:35 pm

Enabling Blockchain Innovations with Pegged Sidechains
Adam Back, Matt Corallo, Luke Dashjr
Mark Friedenbach, Gregory Maxwell
Andrew Miller, Andrew Poelstra
Jorge Timón, and Pieter Wuille

2014-10-22 (commit 5620e43)

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Abstract

Since the introduction of Bitcoin[Nak09] in 2009, and the multiple computer science
and electronic cash innovations it brought, there has been great interest in the potential of
decentralised cryptocurrencies. At the same time, implementation changes to the consensuscritical
parts of Bitcoin must necessarily be handled very conservatively. As a result, Bitcoin has
greater difficulty than other Internet protocols in adapting to new demands and accommodating
new innovation.

We propose a new technology, pegged sidechains, which enables bitcoins and other ledger
assets to be transferred between multiple blockchains. This gives users access to new and
innovative cryptocurrency systems using the assets they already own. By reusing Bitcoin’s
currency, these systems can more easily interoperate with each other and with Bitcoin, avoiding
the liquidity shortages and market fluctuations associated with new currencies. Since sidechains
are separate systems, technical and economic innovation is not hindered. Despite bidirectional
transferability between Bitcoin and pegged sidechains, they are isolated: in the case of a
cryptographic break (or malicious design) in a sidechain, the damage is entirely confined to
the sidechain itself.

This paper lays out pegged sidechains, their implementation requirements, and the work
needed to fully benefit from the future of interconnected blockchains.

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