[bitcoin-dev] Electrum Server Speed Test

Thomas Voegtlin thomasv at electrum.org
Thu Jul 23 17:58:52 UTC 2015

There is some room for optimization in the Electrum server:
 - the utxo database (patricia tree) should be made a binary tree.
 - the server is written in python, which is slow.

I am not too worried about the short-term; a block takes on average 15s
to process on my server. For example, here are the last blocks in my log:

[23/07/2015-17:11:57] catch_up: block 366604 (0.145s 27.278s)
[23/07/2015-17:37:55] catch_up: block 366605 (0.126s 24.453s)
[23/07/2015-17:50:23] catch_up: block 366606 (0.133s 21.666s)
[23/07/2015-18:03:22] catch_up: block 366607 (0.110s 31.680s)
[23/07/2015-18:11:14] catch_up: block 366608 (0.093s 18.269s)
[23/07/2015-18:26:38] catch_up: block 366609 (0.115s 27.925s)
[23/07/2015-18:29:07] catch_up: block 366610 (0.062s 8.163s)
[23/07/2015-18:44:18] catch_up: block 366611 (0.118s 21.294s)
[23/07/2015-18:52:14] catch_up: block 366612 (0.075s 12.535s)
[23/07/2015-18:58:54] catch_up: block 366613 (0.100s 17.857s)
[23/07/2015-19:04:18] catch_up: block 366614 (0.061s 11.174s)
[23/07/2015-19:10:31] catch_up: block 366615 (0.064s 10.151s)
[23/07/2015-19:11:04] catch_up: block 366616 (0.035s 2.962s)
[23/07/2015-19:19:53] catch_up: block 366617 (0.081s 13.125s)
[23/07/2015-19:25:23] catch_up: block 366618 (0.037s 8.377s)
[23/07/2015-19:28:08] catch_up: block 366619 (0.044s 3.984s)
[23/07/2015-19:30:36] catch_up: block 366620 (0.051s 6.105s)
[23/07/2015-19:40:05] catch_up: block 366621 (0.058s 14.632s)
[23/07/2015-19:42:10] catch_up: block 366622 (0.040s 4.143s)

That server is a Hetzner EX40 box, rented for 50 eur/month. Of course if
you run the electrum server on a cheap VPS, performance might not be as

Le 23/07/2015 17:56, Slurms MacKenzie via bitcoin-dev a écrit :
> Similar to the Bitcoin Node Speed Test, this is a quick quantitative look at how the Electrum server software handles under load. The Electrum wallet is extremely popular, and the distributed servers which power it are all hosted by volunteers without budget. The server requires a fully indexed Bitcoin Core daemon running, and produces sizable external index in order to allow SPV clients to quickly retrieve their history. 
>     3.9G    electrum/utxo
>     67M     electrum/undo
>     19G     electrum/hist
>     1.4G    electrum/addr
>     24G     electrum/
> Based on my own logs produced by the electrum-server console, it takes this server (Xeon, lots of memory, 7200 RPM RAID) approximately 3.7 minutes per megabyte of block to process into the index. This seems to hold true through the 10 or so blocks I have in my scroll buffer, the contents of blocks seem to be of approximately the same processing load. Continuing this trend with the current inter-block time of 9.8 minutes, an electrum-server instance running on modest-high end dedicated server is able to support up to 2.64 MB block sizes before permanently falling behind the chain. 
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