[Bitcoin-development] Why are we bleeding nodes?

Brent Shambaugh brent.shambaugh at gmail.com
Mon Apr 7 17:56:07 UTC 2014


Okay awesome. It seems like I set up a Litecoin node without knowing it
(because it was like this:
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=128122.0) I was able to bootstrap
it (https://litecoin.info/).


On Mon, Apr 7, 2014 at 12:40 PM, Mike Hearn <mike at plan99.net> wrote:

> It uses ~no electricity, it's not like mining.
>
> The primary resources it needs are disk space and bandwidth, after an
> intensive initial day or two of building the database.
>
> Actually, I wonder if we should start shipping (auditable) pre-baked
> databases calculated up to the last checkpoint so people can download them
> and boot up their node right away. Recalculating the entire thing from
> scratch every time isn't sustainable in the long run anyway.
>
>
> On Mon, Apr 7, 2014 at 7:35 PM, Brent Shambaugh <brent.shambaugh at gmail.com
> > wrote:
>
>> How difficult would it be to set up a node? Using lots of electricity at
>> home (if required) could be an issue, but I do have a Webfaction account.
>>
>>
>> On Mon, Apr 7, 2014 at 12:16 PM, Gregory Maxwell <gmaxwell at gmail.com>wrote:
>>
>>> On Mon, Apr 7, 2014 at 10:01 AM, Mark Friedenbach <mark at monetize.io>
>>> wrote:
>>> > On 04/07/2014 09:57 AM, Gregory Maxwell wrote:
>>> >> That is an implementation issue-- mostly one that arises as an indirect
>>> >> consequence of not having headers first and the parallel fetch, not a
>>> >> requirements issue.
>>> >
>>> > Oh, absolutely. But the question "why are people not running full
>>> > nodes?" has to do with the current implementation, not abstract
>>> > capabilities of a future version of the bitcoind code base.
>>>
>>> The distinction is very important because it's a matter of things we
>>> can and should fix vs things that cannot be fixed except by changing
>>> goals/incentives!  Opposite approaches to handling them.
>>>
>>> When I read "resource requirements of a full node are moving beyond" I
>>> didn't extract from that that "there are implementation issues that
>>> need to be improved to make it work better for low resource users" due
>>> to the word "requirements".
>>>
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