Cluster Mempool

Cluster mempool is a proposal to associate each unconfirmed transaction in a mempool with related transactions, creating a cluster. Each cluster contains feerate-sorted chunks consisting of one or more transactions. If we limit a cluster’s size, we also limit how much needs to be recomputed in response to new transactions being added to the mempool, allowing algorithmic decisions affecting the entire mempool to complete fast enough to use them in P2P network code.


Credit: Pieter Wuille, Suhas Daftuar

Node performance tests

Measuring improvements in performance over the last year for various node implementations

Credit: Lopp


The Lightning Network (LN) is a second layer solution built on top of Bitcoin, aimed to solve Bitcoin’s long transaction waiting times and high transaction fees. Empirical and theoretical studies show that the LN is tending towards the hub and spoke network topology. In this topology most of the nodes, the spokes, open a single channel to one of the few well-connected nodes, the hubs. This topology is known to be prone to failures, attacks, and privacy issues. In this work we introduce the May- poles protocol in which most nodes open two channels instead of one. We show that this protocol benefits the network significantly by enhancing its stability, privacy, and resilience to attacks. We also examine the economic incentives of nodes to take part in Maypoles.

Credit: Clara Shikhelman

Aqua Wallet

New btc + L-BTC + USDt + LN swaps wallet from JAN3.

tldr: It’s Muun but on Liquid.

Adam Back:

Design tradeoffs prioritize global adoption in a high fee environment.


  • Interoperable with LN but the user has no LN channels whatsoever
  • Balance is kept in self-custodied L-BTC via app’s hot wallet
  • Sends and receives LN via Boltz swaps to L-BTC
  • Can swap L-BTC to USDt and back
  • Can send and receive like to like: L-BTC to L-BTC, USDt to USDt, btc to btc
  • Can peg-in/peg-out between btc and L-BTC
  • Interoperates with Ethereum USDt and Tron USDt

Discussion points:



  • Made/proposed by Casey the guy who came up with ordinals.
  • There has been multiple tokens on BTC. We’ll do a quickie on XCP, OMNI, Ordinals, Inscriptions, BRC-20.
  • Runes are essentially just a better alternative to BRC-20.
  • On-chain, which means it doesn’t scale.

Discussion points:

  • Any viability or usecase for these things?
  • Spam on the blockchian?
  • Who and why are people using this?

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core-untouched soft fork

A novel approach to forming consensus without changing bitcoin core. By adding another program to invalidate blocks and form a mempool; 51% of miners can upgrade consensus rules by adding a module/monitor(softfork rule).

Credit: Paul Sztorc