Coinscope: Discovering Bitcoin's Network Topology and Influential Nodes

May 2015

Andrew Miller (contact: amiller@cs.umd.edu),
James Litton, Andrew Pachulski, Neal Gupta,
Dave Levin, Neil Spring, Bobby Bhattacharjee.

[Paper] [Code] (Coming soon...)

System status:

Notes: We run a node that connects to and interacts with the Bitcoin network. It spiders and attempts to make connections to every reachable node. It's similar to getaddr.bitnodes.io, which also periodically harvests data from Bitcoin network and publishes the data. Our node is distinguished by the version string "UMD-Coinscope".

Our network topology inference technique makes use of behavior specific to Bitcoin Core prior to version 0.10.1.