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We Know What They've Been Put Through: Revisiting High-scalability Blockchain Transactions

by   Daniel Perez, et al.

Scalability has been a bottleneck for major blockchains such as Bitcoin and Ethereum. Despite the significantly improved scalability claimed by several high-profile blockchain projects, there has been little effort to understand how their transactional throughput is being used. In this paper, we examine recent network traffic of three major high-scalability blockchains-EOS, Tezos and XRP-over a period of three months.Our analysis reveals that only a small fraction of the transactions are used for value transfer purposes. In particular, 95 currently valueless token; on Tezos, 82 consensus; and only 2 transfers. The paper explores the different designs of the three blockchains and sheds light on how they could shape user behavior.


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