Erlay Running Easy Bitcoin Node – Bitcoin Magazine

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The below is a direct excerpt of Marty’s Bent Issue #1274: “Erlay support signaling has been merged into Bitcoin Core.Sign up for the newsletter here.

Erlay will bring bandwidth efficiency gains to Bitcoin’s peer-to-peer layer by changing the transaction relay protocol where full nodes share data.

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It’s been over three years and exactly 696 issues since we last talked about Erlay. In September 2019, we wrote about Pieter Wuille and Gleb Naumenko submitting an official BIP (Bitcoin Improvement Proposal) to start the process of getting Erlay merged into the protocol. For those of you who may be unaware of what Erlay is, it is a change to the transaction relay protocol at the peer-to-peer layer where full nodes communicate and share data about the transactions that have been broadcast to the network. The change would bring material bandwidth efficiency gains to this peer-to-peer layer, which will make it easier for more people to run full nodes — particularly individuals who are living in areas with subpar internet connectivity.

Here’s a breakdown of the bandwidth efficiency improvements that will come once Erlay is widely adopted by full node operators:



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