[bitcoin-dev] Capacity increases for the Bitcoin system.

Adam Back adam at cypherspace.org
Mon Dec 14 12:44:57 UTC 2015

I think someone, maybe Pieter, commented on this relay issue that it
would be likely very transitory, as a lot of stuff would be fairly
quickly upgraded in practice from previous deployment experience, and
I think anyway there is a huge excess connectivity and capacity in the
p2p network vs having a connected network of various versions, and
supporting SPV client load (SPV load is quite low relative to
capacity, even one respectable node can support a large number of SPV

(Ie so two classes of network node and connectivity wouldnt be a
problem in practice even if it did persist; also the higher capacity
better run nodes are more likely to upgrade due to having more clued
in power user, miner, pool or company operators).

Maybe someone more detailed knowledge could clarify further.


On 14 December 2015 at 19:21, Jonathan Toomim via bitcoin-dev
<bitcoin-dev at lists.linuxfoundation.org> wrote:
> This means that a server supporting SW might only hear of the tx data and
> not get the signature data for some transactions, depending on how the relay
> rules worked (e.g. if the SW peers had higher minrelaytxfee settings than
> the legacy peers). This would complicate fast block relay code like IBLTs,
> since we now have to check to see that the recipient has both the tx data
> and the witness/sig data.
> The same issue might happen with block relay if we do SW as a soft fork. A
> SW node might see a block inv from a legacy node first, and might start
> downloading the block from that node. This block would then be marked as
> in-flight, and the witness data might not get downloaded. This shouldn't be
> too hard to fix by creating an inv for the witness data as a separate
> object, so that a node could download the block from e.g. Peer 1 and the
> segwit data from Peer 2.
> Of course, the code would be simpler if we did this as a hard fork and we
> could rely on everyone on the segwit fork supporting the segwit data.
> Although maybe we want to write the interfaces in a way that supports some
> nodes not downloading the segwit data anyway, just because not every node
> will want that data.
> I haven't had time to read sipa's code yet. I apologize for talking out of a
> position of ignorance. For anyone who has, do you feel like sharing how it
> deals with these network relay issues?
> By the way, since this thread is really about SegWit and not about any other
> mechanism for increasing Bitcoin capacity, perhaps we should rename it
> accordingly?
> On Dec 12, 2015, at 11:18 PM, Mark Friedenbach via bitcoin-dev
> <bitcoin-dev at lists.linuxfoundation.org> wrote:
> A segwit supporting server would be required to support relaying segwit
> transactions, although a non-segwit server could at least inform a wallet of
> segwit txns observed, even if it doesn't relay all information necessary to
> validate.
> Non segwit servers and wallets would continue operations as if nothing had
> occurred.
> If this means essentially that a soft fork deployment of SegWit will require
> SPV wallet servers to change their logic (or risk not being able to send
> payments) then it does seem to me that a hard fork to deploy this non
> controversial change is not only cleaner (on the data structure side) but
> safer in terms of the potential to affect the user experience.
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