[bitcoin-dev] Small Nodes: A Better Alternative to Pruned Nodes

Tom Zander tomz at freedommail.ch
Tue Apr 18 10:50:31 UTC 2017

On Monday, 17 April 2017 08:54:49 CEST David Vorick via bitcoin-dev wrote:
> The best alternative today to storing the full blockchain is to run a
> pruned node

The idea looks a little overly complex to me.

I suggested something similar which is a much simpler version;

> # Random pruning mode
> There is a large gap between the two current modes of everything
> (currently 75GB) and only what we need (2GB or so).
> This mode would have two areas, it would keep a days worth of blocks to
> make sure that any reorgs etc would not cause a re-download, but it would
> have additionally have an area that can be used to store historical data
> to be shared on the network. Maybe 20 or 50GB.
> One main feature of Bitcoin is that we have massive replication. Each node
> currently holds all the same data that every other node holds. But this
> doesn't have to be the case with pruned nodes. A node itself has no need
> for historic data at all.
> The suggestion is that a node stores a random set of blocks. Dropping
> random blocks as the node runs out of disk-space. Additionally, we would
> introduce a new way to download blocks from other nodes which allows the
> node to say it doesn't actually have the block requested.
> The effect of this setup is that many different nodes together end up
> having the total amount of blocks, even though each node only has a
> fraction of the total amount.

Tom Zander
Blog: https://zander.github.io
Vlog: https://vimeo.com/channels/tomscryptochannel

More information about the bitcoin-dev mailing list