Bitcoin Cash transactions historical chart. Source: BitInfoCharts
The “stress test” is a community driven test of the BCH mainnet and its services, according to the BCH stress test website. The test aims to process “millions of minimum fee transactions” within 24 hours in order to prove the Bitcoin Cash blockchain’s capacity and scalability, as well as to provide data for developers and business running their services and decentralized applications (DApps) on the BCH network.
The stress test was conducted on September 1, ten weeks before the reportedly scheduled November upgrade, and is “hopefully” set to take place on an annual basis.
As a result of the Bitcoin Cash stress test, the share of Bitcoin Cash transactions amounted to 63 percent of all crypto transactions for the past 24 hours to press time, according to BitInfoCharts. The second currency in terms of number of transactions per day is Ethereum (ETH).
Cryptocurrency transactions per last 24h. Source: BitInfoCharts
During the stress test, the number of microtransactions on the BCH network surged up to 14,300 per block, according to data from Coin Dance. According to Fork.lol, the number of transactions even reached 25,783 per block, up from the usual average interval of 90 to 150 transactions per block. To compare, the average number of transactions per block for Bitcoin (BTC) amounts to 1,000 to 1,500.
Average number of BTC and BCH transactions per block chart. Source: Coin Dance
Average number of BTC and BCH transactions per block chart. Source: Fork.lol
According to BitInfoCharts, Bitcoin Cash average transactions fees have not increased, actually seeing a small decline from $0.002 to $0.0017.
Bitcoin Cash average transaction fee historical chart. Source: BitInfoCharts
Software Engineer Jameson Lopp commented in a tweet that the Bitcoin Cash stress test “has succeeded in breaking various transaction and mempool visualizers.”
In mid-August, Cointelegraph reported that there are now fewer holders of Bitcoin Cash, as well as a decreased use of the cryptocurrency in commerce. According to a study by Chainanalysis, BCH payments dropped to $3.7 million in May from $10.5 million in March.
On Friday, Cointelegraph reported that Initial Coin Offering (ICO) advisory firm Satis Group forecast in a study that Bitcoin Cash will drop to as low as $268, as it attempts to “inherit brand recognition” while providing “minimal technological advantage to incumbents.” The same report has stated that Bitcoin’s price could potentially soar to $98,000 in the next five years.
As Cointelegraph reported earlier today, Bitcoin Cash’s price has shot up following the stress test, as the coin sees the biggest gains over the past 24 hours among top 20 cryptocurrencies by market cap. At press time, Bitcoin Cash is trading at $635, up around 3.1 percent over a 24 hour period and 21.5 percent over the the week, according to CoinMarketCap.
Bitcoin Cash price chart. Source: Coinmarketcap