Chapter 8. Routing on a Network of Payment Channels
In this chapter we will finally unpack how payment channels can be connected to form a network of payment channels via a process called routing. Specifically, we will look at the first part of the routing layer, the Atomic & Trustless Multihop Payment protocol. This is highlighted by a double outline in the protocol suite, shown in Figure 8-1:
Routing a payment
In this section we will examine routing from the perspective of Dina, a gamer who receives donations from her fans while she streams her game sessions.
The innovation of routed payment channels allows Dina to receive tips without maintaining a separate channel with every one of her fans who want to tip her. As long as there exists a path of well-funded channels from that ...