[Bitcoin-development] soft-fork block size increase (extensionblocks)

Raystonn . raystonn at hotmail.com
Mon Jun 1 18:39:31 UTC 2015

> And we're not going to get to VISA scale any time soon

No, not at these block size limits.  The closer we get to the maximum block size, the slower we grow the average block size toward it.  Number of transactions per day is of course highly correlated with average block size.  Based on these graphs we can expect that hitting 1 million transactions per day will be impossible without raising the maximum block size.



From: Mike Hearn 
Sent: Monday, June 01, 2015 11:01 AM
To: Adam Back 
Cc: Bitcoin Dev 
Subject: Re: [Bitcoin-development] soft-fork block size increase (extensionblocks)

  (at reduced security if it has software that doesnt understand it) 

Well, yes. Isn't that rather key to the issue?  Whereas by simply increasing the block size, SPV wallets don't care (same security and protocol as before) and fully validating wallets can be updated with a very small code change.

  A 1MB client wont even understand the difference between a 1MB and 8MB
  out payment. 

Let's say an old client makes a payment that only gets confirmed in an extension block. The wallet will think the payment is unconfirmed and show that to the user forever, no?

Can you walk through the UX for each case?

  If I am not misremembering, I think you've sided typically
  with the huge block, big data center only end of the spectrum.  

It would be Satoshi, that argued that.

I think there must be a communication issue here somewhere. I'm not sure how this meme has taken hold amongst you guys, as I am the guy who wrote the scalability page back in 2011:


It says:

  The core Bitcoin network can scale to much higher transaction rates than are seen today, assuming that nodes in the network are primarily running on high end servers rather than desktops. 

By "much higher rates" I meant VISA scale and by "high end server" I meant high end by today's standards not tomorrows. There's a big difference between a datacenter and a single server! By definition a single server is not a datacenter, although it would be conventional to place it in one. But even with the most wildly optimistic growth imaginable, I couldn't foresee a time when you needed more than a single machine to keep up with the transaction stream. 

And we're not going to get to VISA scale any time soon: I don't think I've ever argued we will. If it does happen it would presumably be decades away. Again, short of some currently unimagined killer app.

So I don't believe I've ever argued this, and honestly I kinda feel people are putting words in my mouth.


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