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Proposal: features #1308

rotilho opened this issue Oct 16, 2018 · 2 comments


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commented Oct 16, 2018

Hello, I'm working in jnano-node a JVM implementation of the protocol and I came up with an idea: features.

During the handshake we could exchange information about the capabilities of each node and decide how to communicate (i.e. a feature is not supported by one of the nodes won't be used). This can cover situations like:

  • New fatures (vote-by-hash)
  • Experimental features (new serialization protocol)
  • Expose characteristics which is useful in some context (historical node vs light wallet)

This could lead to way more flexible protocol allowing to introduce big chances without waiting for other nodes to upgrade and after enough adoption you could make an experimental feature part of protocol.

EDIT: including more details

We could add a new extension 4 for handshake which will have fixed length and in the end we could add the features ids (with some limitation like max 10 features) replacing the handshake with extension 1, 2, 3

Or just keep it as it is and add to the end of each handshake answer the features.

It's also important to keep the track of those extensions to avoid collision (I'm imagining a scenario with multiple implementations of the protocol) similar to coin-type


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commented Oct 16, 2018

#1120 is somewhat relevant


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commented Oct 16, 2018

This is similar to SMTP's EHLO

@rkeene rkeene added this to the V18.0 milestone Oct 17, 2018

@clemahieu clemahieu modified the milestones: V18.0, V19.0 Dec 20, 2018

@zhyatt zhyatt added this to Nice to have in V19 Apr 30, 2019

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