[Bitcoin-development] Chain pruning
brianchoffman at gmail.com
Thu Apr 10 16:23:40 UTC 2014
This is probably just noise, but what if nodes could compress and store
earlier transaction sets (archive sets) and serve them up conditionally. So
if there were let's say 100 archive sets of (10,000 blocks) you might have
5 open at any time when you're an active archive node while the others sit
on your disk compressed and unavailable to the network. This would allow
nodes to have all full transactions but conserve disk space and network
activity since they wouldn't ever respond about every possible transaction.
This could be based on a rotational request period, based on request count
or done periodically. Once their considered active they would be expected
to uncompress a set and make it available to the network. Clients would
have to piece together archive sets from different nodes, but if there
weren't enough archive nodes to cover the chain they could ratchet up the
amount of required open archive sets when your node was active.
I fully expect to have my idea trashed, but I'm dipping toes in the waters
On Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 10:19 AM, Wladimir <laanwj at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 2:10 PM, Gregory Maxwell <gmaxwell at gmail.com>wrote:
>> But sure I could see a fixed range as also being a useful contribution
>> though I'm struggling to figure out what set of constraints would
>> leave a node without following the consensus? Obviously it has
>> bandwidth if you're expecting to contribute much in serving those
>> historic blocks... and verifying is reasonably cpu cheap with fast
>> ecdsa code. Maybe it has a lot of read only storage?
> The use case is that you could burn the node implementation + block data +
> a live operating system on a read-only medium. This could be set in stone
> for a long time.
> There would be no consensus code to keep up to date with protocol
> developments, because it doesn't take active part in it.
> I don't think it would be terribly useful right now, but it could be
> useful when nodes that host all history become rare. It'd allow
> distributing 'pieces of history' in a self-contained form.
>> I think it should be possible to express and use such a thing in the
>> protocol even if I'm currently unsure as to why you wouldn't do 100000
>> - 200000 _plus_ the most recent 144 that you were already keeping
>> around for reorgs.
> Yes, it would be nice to at least be able to express it, if it doesn't
> make the protocol too finicky.
> In terms of peer selection, if the blocks you need aren't covered by
>> the nodes you're currently connected to I think you'd prefer to seek
>> node nodes which have the least rare-ness in the ranges they offer.
>> E.g. if you're looking for a block 50 from the tip, you're should
>> probably not prefer to fetch it from someone with blocks 100000-150000
>> if its one of only 100 nodes that has that range.
> That makes sense.
> In general, if you want a block 50 from the tip, it would be best to
> request it from a node that only serves the last N (N>~50) blocks, and not
> a history node that could use the same bandwidth to serve earlier, rarer
> blocks to others.
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