The Lightning Network, a second layer payment order that runs on top of a blockchain (most generally Bitcoin) has grown nearly 300% in ten days. This network allows for quick transactions between associating nodes and has been promoted as an answer to the bitcoin scalability problem. It now has a capacity of approximately 400 bitcoins and more than 4,000 active nodes, reported Finance Magnets.
It emphasizes a peer-to-peer method for executing micropayments of cryptocurrency through a network of bidirectional payment carriers without transferring administration of funds. Lightning Network implementation analyzes atomic swaps. The following image is displaying its current network capacity.
The last few days have been disordered for the crypto market, but it’s been a moderately bright period for the Bitcoin Lightning Network. This improvement might repudiate some people’s beliefs that Bitcoin may be failing its drive in the battle for mass adoption. The current data based on the crypto’s achievement on the Lighting Network demonstrates contrarily.
Bitcoin's lightning network now holds $2 million worth of BTC in payment channels.
In 10 days, the total network capacity has grown by 300% in BTC channel value. pic.twitter.com/HjERaH0EDh
— LongHash (@longhashdata) November 21, 2018
The Bitcoin price has fallen below $5,000 for the first time in the year 2018 as the crypto market remains to plunge. On Monday, the Bitcoin price dropped as deep as $4,754 Monday, noting a 14% decrease in a 24-hour span. Bitcoin price has been declining since the start of the year but it has now collapsed by more than 21% in the last week. On Monday, it dropped as low as $4,712 the lowest position since May 2017.
Normal application of the Lightning Network consists of initiating a payment carrier by perpetrating a funding transaction to the appropriate blockchain, supported by creating any number of Lightning transactions. These transactions update the provisional allocation of the carrier’s stocks without declaring to the blockchain which are then optionally supported by stopping the payment channel by declaring the final variant of the transaction to distribute the channel’s funds.
While the Lightning Network’s capability grows exponentially, Bitcoin has been struggling. The crypto hasn’t been saved in the current market assault that commenced as a hash war between Bitcoin Cash ABC and Bitcoin Cash SV that emerged from Bitcoin Cash’s fork on November 15th. The change has seen most of the cryptos struggling in the market.
Lightning Network was first outlined in a white paper by Joseph Poon and Thaddeus Dryja in 2015. To overcome the scalability issue of Bitcoin the paper states that
By chaining together multiple micropayment channels, it is possible to create a network of transaction paths. Paths can be routed using a BGP like a system, and the sender may designate a particular path to the recipient. The output scripts are encumbered by a hash, which is generated by the recipient. By disclosing the input to that hash, the recipient’s counterparty will be able to pull funds along the route.
The Lightning Network is produced of bidirectional payment carriers between two nodes which coupled to create smart contracts. Due to the nature of the Lightning Network’s dispute mechanism which requires all users to watch the blockchain constantly for fraud, the concept of a “watchtower” has been developed, where trust can be outsourced to watchtower nodes to monitor for fraud.
Disclaimer: This information should not be interpreted as an endorsement of any cryptocurrency. It is not a recommendation to trade. The cryptocurrency market is full of surprises and overhyped assets. Do your research before buying anything. Do not invest more than you can afford to lose.