The co-founder of Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin, proposed using Bitcoin Cash as a short-term solution for adding a data availability layer to Ethereum. However, Buterin’s proposal was quickly met with heavy criticism, with many pointing out how seriously flawed the idea was.
Ethereum’s search for new scalability solutions
The search for the ultimate scalability solution has led pushed blockchain companies to come up with some extremely innovative ideas. However, some seem to have gone too far in their search, suggesting ideas that would be almost impossible to implement in reality.
That is the case with a possible new Ethereum scalability solution. Suggested by Vitalik Buterin, Ethereum’s co-founder, the solution would help increase the network’s scalability by offloading much of its usage. While this sounds like a solid idea in theory, what Butalik is actually suggesting is using the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) blockchain as Ethereum’s data layer.
Buterin shared his proposal on the ETHResearch forum, saying that Ethereum’s long term scalability plan is going to be Ethereum 2.0. The network’s planned 10 MB/sec data throughput will be much higher than that of any existing blockchain, he said, which would effectively solve most of Ethereum’s scalability problems.
However, until Ethereum 2.0 sees the light of day, Buterin suggested developers started working on other scalability solutions that rely on a non-scalable computation layer combined with a scalable data layer.
Buterin’s Bitcoin Cash suggestion met with criticism
The solution he believes is a “perfect fit” for Ethereum is Bitcoin Cash. Buterin cited BCH’s 32 MB per 600 seconds of data throughput and low fees as two of the biggest reasons why using it as a data layer for Ethereum would be perfect.
According to Buterin,