Looking at the burstcoin estimated network size chart (burstcoin is a proof-of-storage blockchain using locally generated+stored data to mine burstcoins).
Burstcoin started on 2014-08-12 with 46 TB
After the first month on 2014-09-12 estimated network size was at 3618 TB
This is an average rate of 10 Gbps of data being added to the network (note this is locally generated data so did not travel over the wire, and is for the total network so is probably a much lower data rate per node depending how many miners there are). Perhaps a more meaningful figure is 115 TB per day being added.
After the first six months estimated network size was 11288 TB
This is an average rate of 5.6 Gbps of data being added to the network, or 60 TB per day.
To date, just over six years later, the size of the network is 546030 TB
That’s an average rate from the start of the network till now of 22 Gbps, or 241 TB per day, every day since the beginning of the network.
Sorta gives an interesting perspective on safe early network data rates and how much spare drive space is out there waiting to be utilized. Pretty incredible!
Do you think we can achieve these levels of growth? Is the comparison even worth anything since they’re fairly different ideas?
Do you have an ideas on what the early network size might be? I think we can exceed burstcoin on all periods, I guess I would hope for at least 10x the size over the same 1/6/72 month periods? I feel probably the main limiting factor to growth will be total nodes, since each node has a pretty firm upper limit on bandwidth, but once that’s parallelized across many nodes we should be able to get very high bandwidth availability. Would be interested in other estimates on initial network size if anyone’s game to have a guess.