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How does this scale?

How does this scale?

Posted Nov 13, 2010 0:34 UTC (Sat) by jgarzik (subscriber, #8364)
In reply to: How does this scale? by droundy
Parent article: Bitcoin: Virtual money created by CPU cycles

Drawing an analogy to the Gnutella network...

At Visa/Paypal transaction rates, most bitcoin clients will be leaf nodes, that send and receive transactions, but don't bother with the block chain.

Beefy ultrapeer nodes would be the ones storing transactions, building blocks, monitoring and verifying the block chain, etc. They are incentivized to do this with transaction fees, which non-generating leaf nodes would not receive.

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