Scalability is a term that we see increasingly being used in the community, especially in times of considerable demand.
Scalability, Decentralization, and Security
When the average transaction fee for Bitcoin steadily rose, questions were raised concerning Bitcoin’s ability to scale. Similarly, Ethereum’s scalability issues were made very clear when the viral success of CryptoKitties slowed down the entire Ethereum network. Scalability, in the context of blockchain architecture, can be looked at alongside ideas of decentralization and security, to form what Vitalik Buterin described as the ‘scalability trilemma’.
The scalability trilemma indicates that blockchain systems can only possess two of the following properties: