[Bitcoin-development] Chain pruning

Ricardo Filipe ricardojdfilipe at gmail.com
Thu Apr 10 16:52:42 UTC 2014

anyway, any kind of compression that comes to the blockchain is
orthogonal to pruning.

I agree that you will probably want some kind of replication on more
recent nodes than on older ones. However, nodes with older blocks
don't need to be "static", get the block distribution algorithm to
sort it out.

2014-04-10 17:28 GMT+01:00 Mike Hearn <mike at plan99.net>:
> Suggestions always welcome!
> The main problem with this is that the block chain is mostly random bytes
> (hashes, keys) so it doesn't compress that well. It compresses a bit, but
> not enough to change the fundamental physics.
> However, that does not mean the entire chain has to be stored on expensive
> rotating platters. I've suggested that in some star trek future where the
> chain really is gigantic, it could be stored on tape and spooled off at high
> speed. Literally a direct DMA from tape drive to NIC. But we're not there
> yet :)
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