[bitcoin-dev] BIP 158 Flexibility and Filter Size

Olaoluwa Osuntokun laolu32 at gmail.com
Wed Jun 6 01:12:55 UTC 2018

It isn't being discussed atm (but was discussed 1 year ago when the BIP
draft was originally published), as we're in the process of removing items
or filters that aren't absolutely necessary. We're now at the point where
there're no longer any items we can remove w/o making the filters less
generally useful which signals a stopping point so we can begin widespread

In terms of a future extension, BIP 158 already defines custom filter types,
and BIP 157 allows filters to be fetched in batch based on the block height
and numerical range. The latter feature can later be modified to return a
single composite filter rather than several individual filters.

-- Laolu

On Mon, Jun 4, 2018 at 7:28 AM Riccardo Casatta via bitcoin-dev <
bitcoin-dev at lists.linuxfoundation.org> wrote:

> I was wondering why this multi-layer multi-block filter proposal isn't
> getting any comment,
> is it because not asking all filters is leaking information?
> Thanks
> Il giorno ven 18 mag 2018 alle ore 08:29 Karl-Johan Alm via bitcoin-dev <
> bitcoin-dev at lists.linuxfoundation.org> ha scritto:
>> On Fri, May 18, 2018 at 12:25 AM, Matt Corallo via bitcoin-dev
>> <bitcoin-dev at lists.linuxfoundation.org> wrote:
>> > In general, I'm concerned about the size of the filters making existing
>> > SPV clients less willing to adopt BIP 158 instead of the existing bloom
>> > filter garbage and would like to see a further exploration of ways to
>> > split out filters to make them less bandwidth intensive. Some further
>> > ideas we should probably play with before finalizing moving forward is
>> > providing filters for certain script templates, eg being able to only
>> > get outputs that are segwit version X or other similar ideas.
>> There is also the idea of multi-block filters. The idea is that light
>> clients would download a pair of filters for blocks X..X+255 and
>> X+256..X+511, check if they have any matches and then grab pairs for
>> any that matched, e.g. X..X+127 & X+128..X+255 if left matched, and
>> iterate down until it ran out of hits-in-a-row or it got down to
>> single-block level.
>> This has an added benefit where you can accept a slightly higher false
>> positive rate for bigger ranges, because the probability of a specific
>> entry having a false positive in each filter is (empirically speaking)
>> independent. I.e. with a FP probability of 1% in the 256 range block
>> and a FP probability of 0.1% in the 128 range block would mean the
>> probability is actually 0.001%.
>> Wrote about this here: https://bc-2.jp/bfd-profile.pdf (but the filter
>> type is different in my experiments)
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