Kriptosare.gen, a Dockerized Bitcoin Testbed: Analysis of Server Performance

Francesco Zola, Cristina Perez-Sola, Jon Egana Zubia, Maria Eguimendia, Jordi Herrera-Joancomarti

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Bitcoin is a peer-to-peer distributed cryptocurrency system, that keeps all transaction history in a public ledger known as blockchain. The Bitcoin network is implicitly pseudoanonymous and its nodes are controlled by independent entities making network analysis difficult. This calls for the development of a fully controlled testing environment. This paper presents Kriptosare.gen, a dockerized automatized Bitcoin testbed, for deploying full-scale custom Bitcoin networks. The testbed is deployed in a single machine executing four different experiments, each one with different network configuration. We perform a cost analysis to investigate how the resources are related with network parameters and provide experimental data quantifying the amount of computational resources needed to run the different types of simulations. Obtained results demonstrate that it is possible to run the testbed with a configuration similar to a real Bitcoin system.

Original languageAmerican English
Journal2019 10th IFIP International Conference on New Technologies, Mobility and Security, NTMS 2019 - Proceedings and Workshop
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019


  • Bitcoin testbed
  • Blockchain
  • Cost analysis
  • Dockerized network
  • Regtest
  • Server performance


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