So during my testing I found out that with just 1 node running, on an npos consensus, my chain grew from 110 Mb to 990 Mb within two days. Is this expected? Are there strategies for controlling the blockchain growth rate?

  • What you mean by growth rate? The rate of how the storage requirements are growing? Or the rate of how fast you produce blocks?
    – bkchr
    Commented Apr 8, 2022 at 10:12
  • @bkchr I mean the growth rate from the perspective of storage* (i will edit the question). Im thinking if the chain generates 900 MB of data in 2 days without any transactions, or just 1 validator, a back of the envelope calucalation suggests that within a year it will grow to around 180 GB. I don't know if that's a good size because apparently ethereum is a much larger network, running since 7 years now and is less than 1 TB today. Commented Apr 8, 2022 at 10:24
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    You are comparing here a Substrate archive node (validators are currently by default still archive nodes) vs an ethereum pruned node. Looking at the stats here: etherscan.io/chartsync/chainarchive You see that an ethereum archive nodes requires more than 10 TB today.
    – bkchr
    Commented Apr 8, 2022 at 10:39

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To control the storage usage of a full node, you can try to:

  • Raise the base transaction fee to discourage dust transaction on your blockchain
  • Lower down the block weight so that less extrinsics can be included in each block
  • Lower down the block producing time (from 6s to something like 1min)
  • How can I influence the block weight? Commented Apr 13, 2022 at 6:49
  • There are some good explanation in the Substrate docs site: docs.substrate.io/v3/runtime/weights-and-fees. You should also check your runtime src/lib.rs file. There are constants to define the max weight for the block.
    – h4x3rotab
    Commented Apr 14, 2022 at 10:25

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