[Bitcoin-development] Speeding up "getbalance <account>" calls

John Smith witchspace81 at gmail.com
Fri Jun 24 05:30:54 UTC 2011


Jan,

On Thu, Jun 23, 2011 at 9:51 PM, <jan at uos.de> wrote:

> Hi there!
>
> Instawallet has enjoyed steady growth and I'm running into a bottleneck
> now with "getbalance <someaccounthere>" taking quite some time to
> complete. My understanding is, that this is because bitcoind runs
> through all relevant transactions each time anew to compute the balance.
> I was hoping the list could give me some pointers/ideas on how I can
> improve this.
>

I think the easiest way to speed this up would be to scan the wallet every
time a block comes in or something else changes in the block chain (or, if
you prefer, some pre-set interval of N minutes). Then go over the entire
wallet and the accumulate balances for all accounts. This could be done in
amortized linear time using a hash_map.

1) This reduces the time the API takes to return the balance for an account
to a predictable, very short time. Just the time to look up the balance in
the hash table (and return 0 on miss). The number crunching happens in the
network thread, not while you're waiting on the API.

2) Less bug-prone than "incremental caching" as you propose, and doesn't
require determining which accounts are influenced by a new block

3) Block chain reorgs are no problem.

JS
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