Topic: Does it scale? (Read 7704 times)

sr. member
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August 14, 2010, 07:04:43 AM
Cayblood, You might like to read through the Scalability thread.
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August 14, 2010, 06:14:12 AM
Still, even the sparse version of the transaction chain (the smallest possible dataset required to validate the transactions), according to my limited understanding, will continue to grow in size indefinitely. I have serious doubts as to whether it could sustain anywhere near the volumes of transactions taking place in today's financial markets, and these volumes will only increase over time.
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August 14, 2010, 06:01:40 AM
If I'm right you can download the blockchain so it doesn't need to download it fully throe the client.
So in the future, a part of the chain could be packed within the installation of the client.
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August 14, 2010, 04:12:19 AM
I've noticed that even with its relatively small number of users, it still takes a significant amount of time for a brand new installation of bitcoin to download all the transactions and be able to take part in the system. My Macbook Pro, for example, ran for many hours after installation before it had confirmed that a friend of mine had sent me some money.

So, my question is, what happens when orders of magnitude more users are using bitcoin? Will it take days, months or years to download all the transactions just to be able to participate in the system?

Does the system scale to the level currently supported by the world's existing financial infrastructure? From what I've seen so far, I doubt it. For example, could it support the volume of the New York stock exchange, which currently experiences volumes in trillions of transactions per day?
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