[bitcoin-dev] Adjusted difficulty depending on relative blocksize

Angel Leon gubatron at gmail.com
Fri Aug 14 13:32:33 UTC 2015


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On Fri, Aug 14, 2015 at 5:59 AM, Jakob Rönnbäck <
bitcoin-dev at lists.linuxfoundation.org> wrote:

> Greetings,
>
> a thought occurred to me that I would love to hear what some bitcoin
> experts think about.
>
> What if one were to adjust the difficulty (for individual blocks)
> depending on the relative size to the average block size of the previous
> difficulty period? (I apologize if i’m not using the correct terms, I’m not
> a real programmer, and I’ve only recently started to subscribe to the
> mailing list)
>
>
> In practice:
>
> 1. calculate average block size for the previous difficulty period (is it
> 2016-blocks?)
> 2. when trying to find a new block adjust the difficulty by adding the
> relative size difference. For instance, if i’m trying to create a block
> half (or double) the size of the average block size for the previous
> difficulty period then my difficulty will be 2x the normal one… if I’m
> trying to make one that is 30% bigger (or smaller) then the difficulty is
> 1.3 times the normal one
>
>
> Right now this would force miners to make blocks as close to 1mb as
> possible (since the block reward >> fees). But unless I’m mistaken sometime
> in the future the block size should be adjusted to maximize the fees…
>
>
> Could the concept be useful somehow?
>
> I apologize if it’s been discussed before or if it’s a stupid idea, I
> would have run it by some other people, but I’m afraid I don’t know anyone
> that have any interest in bitcoin.
>
> Regards
> /jakob
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