Bitcoin Core developer Jeff Garzik has submitted a proposal to raise the block size limit from 1MB to 2MB. The proposal is intended to buy more time to reach a consensus on a more durable solution before the maximum amount of transactions on the Bitcoin network is reached.
As the debate on a possible raise of the block size limit has been raging for months – years even – without consensus on a durable solution within sight, Garzik has proposed to adapt a temporary solution. This new Bitcoin Improvement Proposal (BIP), named BIP 102, holds that the Bitcoin block size limit be doubled on November 11 of this year. If adopted, it should take longer before the maximum capacity of transactions on the Bitcoin network is reached.
Garzik does emphasize, however, that he still hopes his own BIP 100 will eventually be adopted. BIP 100 proposes to install a dynamic block size limit, the size of which would determined by the mining community. On GitHub, Garzik wrote:
“This is an alternative to BIP 100, as a fallback if other consensus is not reached. It allows for limited experimentation to explore a size increase without going overboard. But it’s not flexible,