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September 16, 2019, 05:10:39 PM
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Always when there were problems with synchronization of the wallets in many projects, the first solution provided was the bootstrap file with all blockchain data, mostly ending on the last checkpoint. But to be honest, I have never seen this solution for Bitcoin Core client. When I have used bootstrap files a couple of times, always the synchronization was smooth and took only a fraction of the time needed if I would try to sync without the file. It was like a couple of days, to a few hours difference.

Keep thinking about this and maybe bootstrap file works better (faster) in POS coins because if I remember correctly, I have used it only for alts like Pivx, Dash, Bitsend, Masternodecoin and never in POW mined coins like our old good Bitcoin?

That's because Bitcoin have many full nodes with fast upload speed while AFAIK most altcoin have few full nodes with mediocre upload speed.

If there aren't many Bitcoin full node or upload speed of bitcoin node isn't fast, downloading bootstrap would be faster.

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October 01, 2019, 10:28:45 AM
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...Keep thinking about this and maybe bootstrap file works better (faster) in POS coins because if I remember correctly, I have used it only for alts like Pivx, Dash, Bitsend, Masternodecoin and never in POW mined coins like our old good Bitcoin?
That's because Bitcoin have many full nodes with fast upload speed while AFAIK most altcoin have few full nodes with mediocre upload speed.

If there aren't many Bitcoin full node or upload speed of bitcoin node isn't fast, downloading bootstrap would be faster.

I was afraid that the number of full nodes may decrease drastically taking into consideration the size of the blockchain which is technically too high for a hard disk of a PC.

I was running a full node for almost 4 years because Bitcoin-QT was the only one available wallet when I started to use and later mine BTC. Additionally, I always heard that the best thing we can do to support the network is to run a full node but in today's reality, I rather doubt if average people decide to do it through downloading the whole blockchain because of the size. There is no comparison to the times when a few hours of synchronization and a medium-class computer was enough to be a happy owner of a full node.

Despite everything, the number of full nodes increases every year and today we have already 9137 according to https://bitnodes.earn.com/. It looks like a phenomenon to me.



It would be great if some solution could be implemented to speed up the synchronization because it would be only worst during the time.


 
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October 01, 2019, 04:33:07 PM
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I was afraid that the number of full nodes may decrease drastically taking into consideration the size of the blockchain which is technically too high for a hard disk of a PC.

I think you meant HDD speed, not HDD storage. Blockchain size is only 250GB which is small compared to today's customer HDD capacity (0.5 - 8TB)

It would be great if some solution could be implemented to speed up the synchronization because it would be only worst during the time.

At least for Bitcoin Core client, there are many optimization on synchronization. The biggest hurdle now are using HDD to store Bitcoin's blockchain or/and slow internet connection which hardly can be optimized.

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October 02, 2019, 08:37:20 AM
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I think you meant HDD speed, not HDD storage. Blockchain size is only 250GB which is small compared to today's customer HDD capacity (0.5 - 8TB)

No, I was indeed talking about the HDD storage but you are right that today 250GB is not so much and 1TB is slowly a standard or a bare minimum for every more advanced computer user.

Actually, my biggest HDD is 250GB and I don't think I will fill it completely at any time soon.

Everything is changing because a few years I've always had too little memory and had to buy extra or larger ones if they were available.

Filling any memory for me wasn't a problem because I was storing a lot of video files, but nowadays with video streaming and all these movie services just don't have such a need.


 
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