[Bitcoin-development] Scalability issues

Gregory Maxwell gmaxwell at gmail.com
Fri Jul 27 04:59:45 UTC 2012

On Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 12:20 AM, grarpamp <grarpamp at gmail.com> wrote:
> Update: this class of machine just became useless for bitcoin.
> When blk0002.dat was created to store more blocks, all forward
> progress processing blocks turned into losing ground by 20 or so
> a day. Guessing both datfiles were being accessed at once resulting
> in disk based overload. I've not seen any other mentions of crypto
> in this thread so I'm not sure how well new hardware would perform.
> Going shopping I guess.

I now have an 1.8 ghz p3 celeron (128k cache) which should be
substantially slower than your machine, running vintage 2.6.20 linux.
Unfortunately I forgot to turn on timestamp logging so I don't know
how long it took to sync the chain, but it was less than two days as
that was the span between when I checked on it. It's staying current
just fine.

Again, I encourage you to investigate your software configuration.

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