I'm studying the Avalanche consensus algorithm, which is used in a / platform that promises to be more scalable and much faster than , while also supporting contracts and tokens (like ).

docs.avax.network/learn/platfo

I'm still quite dubious on some of the core ideas, and if there are any experts around I'd have some questions.

I built the avalanchego node from sources and it's now downloading the blockchain...

github.com/ava-labs/avalancheg

In 30 minutes, it downloaded only 210MB. It seems to be CPU-bound, and using only one core.

So I'm thinking there's plenty of room for performance improvements...

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The full chain is 4.7GB on disk, which is nothing compared to and , but still annoying for a mobile / embedded node.

I wonder if a client could issue transactions and verify payments without downloading the whole chain?

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Ah, and today I managed to create a wallet and send myself a small amount of AVAX for testing.

I tried sending a transaction to a web wallet (wallet.avax.network), and it was confirmed in 3 or 4 seconds, as advertised.

So far, so good 👌

@Dashtop Yes, the Bitcoin blockchain takes 350GB on disk. It's been operating for ~10 years, at full capacity for the past 6-7 years.

But the Ethereum blockchain is already much bigger than that even though it's been around only for 6 years!

Avalanche is loosely based on Ethereum, and even has multiple blockchains, so I'm a bit concerned that it will become too bloated to operate a node on a laptop.

@codewiz hope somebody figures a solution to that, storage always seems low :/

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