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What Exactly Is The Gas Limit And The Gas Price In Ethereum

What Exactly Is The Gas Limit And The Gas Price In Ethereum

What exactly is the Gas Limit and the Gas Price in Ethereum In this video we are talking about Gas! Specifically, we are deep-diving into the Gas Limit and the Gas Price and what its all about that. So, there the two things. The Limit and the Price. But where does it come from and what does it mean? Lets put out some simple explanations. Ethereum instructions basically run on gas. When you are executing a smart contract then it costs gas, not ether directly. So, if you are running a smart contract then each and every instruction costs a certain amount of gas. And that is capped by two factors, the amount you send along and a total block gas limit. Lets say you are interacting with a very simple smart contract. A function that saves an unsigned integer 256 value. pragma solidity ^0.4.19;contract A { uint b; function saveB(uint _b) public { b = _b; }} If you are copying and pasting this contract into Remix , you can run this contract. The same way you can interacting with this contract from MIST or via MetaMask from a website. Lets run saveB(5) and see what happens in the log window: There are three fields that are interesting to us: The first part is easy. The "gas" which is shown here, is the gas that we have sent along. This can be modified by the user who sends off the transaction. See here: The second part, the transaction cost, shown here in Remix, is a mix of the actual transaction cost plus the execution cost. This is a bit misleading in my opinion, but let's see. If you are sending off a transaction with a data field then the transaction has a base cost and for each byte send and additional cost attached (in gas). Looking at the Appendix of the Ethereum Yellow-Paper : Let's have a look how the transaction cost of 41642 comes together. This is our data field that Continue reading >>

Scaling Ethereum To Billions Ofusers

Scaling Ethereum To Billions Ofusers

Previously co-founder @Coinbase, trader @GoldmanSachs, computer science @DukeU. Tokens are selling at valuations which imply theyll have millions of users. But can the blockchain support it? If not, how far away are we? Requirements to building scaled decentralized applications (dApps) There are two requirements to building scaled dApps: Having all of the necessary parts of the dApp developer stack . Id say we are 70% to a shaky first version of each. 2. Scalability of these components. I think this will be the main limiting factor and what will be discussed in this post. Lets do the math on running something like Facebook. Facebook handles about 175k requests per second (900k users on the site in any given minute, assume an action is taken every 5 seconds). And this probably doesnt include API requests, which are a better analogue and probably 34x higher . First, a note: I am not an Ethereum maximalist, but I think Ethereum is the furthest along and best suited for thinking about scalability right now. At the moment, Ethereum can handle about 13 transactions per second, which cuts in half to about 7 transactions per second for tokens (4.7m gas limit, 21k avg gas price for standard txn = ~220 standard txns every block, current avg block time 17s = 13 txns/sec, gas requirement roughly doubles for token transactions ). And this doesnt include more expensive smart contract execution. By this estimate were roughly 250x off being able to run a 10m user app and 25,000x off being able to run Facebook on chain. And since these systems are open rather than proprietary, well see applications bigger than Facebook. This estimate isnt perfect because the dApp stack functions differently in places than the current Web 2.0 stack. But I believe its in the right ballpark. This is why I Continue reading >>

Ethereum Gas And Transaction Fees Explained!

Ethereum Gas And Transaction Fees Explained!

Ethereum Gas and Transaction Fees Explained! What is mining and whats the difference between PoW and PoS mining? Basic knowledge of programming terms (variables, loops) might also come in handy. When sending a Bitcoin transaction, its fee is proportionate to its size. The more inputs and outputs , the more expensive it is. Add to that the factor of pending transactions , and transaction fees can skyrocket based on those two factors alone. With Ethereum, given that were talking about a programming language within the protocol, its possible to be very computationally demanding with very little text or code (something which would be very cheap in the BTC-verse). Lets look at this loop for example: This loop means "for as long as i is smaller than 1000, increase it by 1 and then sum up i and j and write the result into j, then do it all again." This loop will execute 1000 times if i is 0 or more if it's a negative number. To pay for this computational cost in a fair way - since it has to be executed on all miners' machines at once and they spend their resources and time on it - the concept of gas was introduced. Gas is used to pay for the execution of these so called smart contracts (Ethereum programs) inside the EVM. For example, i + j above is a summation operation which costs 3 gas every time it's executed, so 3000 gas if executed 1000 times. To explain gas properly, let's first cover the EVM. EVM stands for Ethereum Virtual Machine. But what is a virtual machine anyway? A virtual machine is software running on a specific computer which contains another operating system completely encapsulated inside the main one. A virtual machine allows you to, for example, run Windows inside of Linux, Linux inside of Windows, Windows on OS X like in the image below, or any other comb Continue reading >>

Bitcoin And Ethereum Vs Visa And Paypal Transactions Per Second

Bitcoin And Ethereum Vs Visa And Paypal Transactions Per Second

Bitcoin and Ethereum vs Visa and PayPal Transactions per second One of the big debates happening in the Bitcoin community is over the specification of block sizes, which limits the maximum number of transactions that may be processed per second. Luno, a Bitcoin exchange and wallet provider, recently explained that transacting in Bitcoin has become painfully slow. It is also much more expensive than it was a few years ago. Atheoretical maximum speed for Bitcoin that has been circulating online is seven transactions per second. However, in reality the Bitcoin network is achieving maximums of 3 to 4 transactions per second. This seems low, and raises the question: How does Bitcoins maximum transaction capacity compare to the likes of Visa, PayPal, and cryptocurrency Ethereum? A few solutions have been proposed for the Bitcoin block size issue. One is Bitcoin Unlimited, which proposes removing the block size limit. Another is Segregated Witness, which proposes doubling the block size. There is no consensus in the Bitcoin community on which direction to take as yet, with support for Bitcoin Unlimited at around 36% and support for SegWit at around 27%. Support is measured as a percentage of the total Bitcoin mined over a specific period, with several miners not indicating explicit support for either of the two proposals. Towards the end of 2016, ETHNews reported that Ethereum had an estimated speed limit of around 20 transactions per second. A system called Raiden is in development that will use Ethereum smart contracts to increase the maximum speed to as high as one million transactions per second. The first version of Raiden was due out by the end of March , butthere have been no newupdates from the team since February. PayPal 193 transactions per second average PayPal han Continue reading >>

Accounts, Transactions, Gas, And Block Gas Limits In Ethereum

Accounts, Transactions, Gas, And Block Gas Limits In Ethereum

Accounts, Transactions, Gas, and Block Gas Limits in Ethereum This article is meant to help people understand some of the basic mechanics behind accounts, transactions, gas, and the role miners play in setting the block size in Ethereum. Corrections are welcome :) There are two types of accounts in Ethereum can send transactions (ether transfer or trigger contract code), code execution is triggered by transactions or messages (calls) received from other contracts. when executed - perform operations of arbitrary complexity (Turing completeness) - manipulate its own persistent storage, i.e. can have its own permanent state - can call other contracts All action on the Ethereum block chain is set in motion by transactions fired from accounts. Every time a contract account receives a transaction, its code is executed as instructed by the input parameters sent as part of the transaction. The contract code is executed by the Ethereum Virtual Machine on each node participating in the network as part of their verification of new blocks. The term transaction is used in Ethereum to refer to the signed data package that stores a message to be sent from an externally owned account to another account on the blockchain. a signature identifying the sender and proving their intention to send the message via the blockchain to the recipient, VALUE field - The amount of wei to transfer from the sender to the recipient, an optional data field, which can contain the message sent to a contract, a GASLIMIT value, representing the maximum number of computational steps the transaction execution is allowed to take, a GASPRICE value, representing the fee the sender is willing to pay for gas. One unit of gas corresponds to the execution of one atomic instruction, i.e. a computational step. Contrac Continue reading >>

What Is Gas? Gas & Transaction Fees | Myetherwallet Help & Support

What Is Gas? Gas & Transaction Fees | Myetherwallet Help & Support

When you hear gas, the person is either talking about: The total cost of a transaction (the "TX fee") is the Gas Limit * Gas Price. Typically, if someone just says "Gas", they are talking about the "Gas Limit". You can think of the gas limit like the amount of liters/gallons/units of gas for a car. You can think of the gas price as the cost of that liter/gallon/unit of gas. With a car, it's $2.50 (price) per gallon (unit). With Ethereum, it's 20 GWEI (price) per gas (unit). 21000 units of gas at 20 GWEI = 0.00042 ETH. Therefore, the total TX fee will be 0.00042 Ether. Sending tokens will typically take ~50000 gas to ~100000 gas, so the total TX fee increases to 0.001 ETH - 0.002 ETH. You can use our tool to calculate GWEI <-> WEI <-> USD here , which can be helpful when you want to know your TX fee in ETH, rather than GWEI. The gas limit is called the limit because it's the maximum amount of units of gas you are willing to spend on a transaction. This avoids situations where there is an error somewhere in the contract, and you spend 1 ETH....10 ETH....1000 ETH..... going in circles but arriving no where. However, the units of gas necessary for a transaction are already defined by how much code is executed on the blockchain. If you do not want to spend as much on gas, lowering the gas limit won't help much. You must include enough gas to cover the computational resources you use or your transaction will fail due to an Out of Gas Error. All unused gas is refunded to you at the end of a transaction. So if you go to MyEtherWallet, send 1 ETH to our donation address ( ? ), and use a gas limit of 400000 you will receive 400000 - 21000* back. However, if you were sending 1 ETH to a contract and your transaction to the contract fails (say, the Token Creation Period is already Continue reading >>

How Will Ethereum Scale?

How Will Ethereum Scale?

Like other public blockchains, ethereumintends to support as many users as it can. The problem is that, today, we don't really know the limits of theplatform. Because of a hard-coded limit on computation per block, the ethereum blockchain currently supports roughly 15 transactions per second compared to, say, the 45,000 processed by Visa. This limitation of ethereum and other blockchain systems has long been the subject of discussion by developers and academics. While ethereum developers might like to highlight how the flexible smart contract platform differs from bitcoin, for example, it isn't unique in regards to scalability. As disappointing as that might sound, there's hope in proposed solutions that havent made it into the official software yet. Ethereum and bitcoin use a combination of technical tricks and incentives to ensure that they accurately record who owns what without a central authority. The problem is, its tricky to preserve this balance while also growing the number of users (especially to the point where average people can use the system to purchase coffee or run applications). That's because ethereum depends on a network of 'nodes', each of which stores the entire ethereum transaction history and the current 'state'of account balances, contracts and storage. This is obviously a cumbersome task, especially since the total number of transactions is increasing approximately every 1012 seconds with each new block. The worry is that, if developers raise the size of each block to fit more transactions, the data that a node will need to store will grow larger effectively kicking people off the network. If each node grows large enough, only a few large companies will have the resources to run them. Despite the inconvenience, running a full node is the best w Continue reading >>

Bitcoin And Ethereum Vs Visa And Paypal Transactions Per Second

Bitcoin And Ethereum Vs Visa And Paypal Transactions Per Second

Bitcoin and Ethereum vs Visa and PayPal Transactions per second One of the big debates happening in the Bitcoin community is over the specification of block sizes, which limits the maximum number of transactions that may be processed per second. Luno, a Bitcoin exchange and wallet provider, recently explained that transacting in Bitcoin has become painfully slow. It is also much more expensive than it was a few years ago. Atheoretical maximum speed for Bitcoin that has been circulating online is seven transactions per second. However, in reality the Bitcoin network is achieving maximums of 3 to 4 transactions per second. This seems low, and raises the question: How does Bitcoins maximum transaction capacity compare to the likes of Visa, PayPal, and cryptocurrency Ethereum? A few solutions have been proposed for the Bitcoin block size issue. One is Bitcoin Unlimited, which proposes removing the block size limit. Another is Segregated Witness, which proposes doubling the block size. There is no consensus in the Bitcoin community on which direction to take as yet, with support for Bitcoin Unlimited at around 36% and support for SegWit at around 27%. Support is measured as a percentage of the total Bitcoin mined over a specific period, with several miners not indicating explicit support for either of the two proposals. Towards the end of 2016, ETHNews reported that Ethereum had an estimated speed limit of around 20 transactions per second. A system called Raiden is in development that will use Ethereum smart contracts to increase the maximum speed to as high as one million transactions per second. The first version of Raiden was due out by the end of March , butthere have been no newupdates from the team since February. PayPal 193 transactions per second average PayPal han Continue reading >>

Ethereum Transactions, Gas Limit And Gas Price

Ethereum Transactions, Gas Limit And Gas Price

Ethereum transactions, Gas Limit and Gas Price When you send a transaction over the Ethereum network there are two things you have to worry about, besides sending it to the correct address, the Gas Limit and the Gas Price. To fuel a transaction you have to use Gas like in a normal car. If you want to go from A to B you need some patrol in the tank to get there. Its the same with an Ethereum transaction and it does not matter if you send ETH or any ERC-20 compliant token. Total transaction costs are Gas used * Gas Price. When the network is cloggy you notice transactions are not picking up or and appear and disappear in etherscan. You can use this gas station site to find out what gas price you should use to get it picked up The Gas Limit is the max amount of Gas that can be used in a transaction (compare it to a gas tank in your car, the larger the tank the further you can go) . Complicated smart contract can use quite a bit of Gas. For a Sift transaction to a wallet with no Sift in it you need about 3,500,000 Gas. For a simple ETH transaction 21,000 Gas is needed for most tokens 50,000 to 200,000 When you set the Gas Limit to low, the transaction will run out of Gas and failed (you wont make on a 60 liter tank all the way across the USA) and you cant refuel. You can set Gas Limit way to high. You only pay for the Gas used. But when a transaction fails you pay for the total limit. It happen on Etherdelta when you are competing for an order and the other guy was faster (read paid more for his Gas, see next paragraph) In MEW you can set Gas Limit for each transaction (see image below) Gas Price is what you pay for your Gas (or petrol in case of a car). The higher the Gas Price the more you pay for transaction and the faster it goes. I use Gas Price 0.5 Gwei, its is enoug Continue reading >>

Transaction Size Limit In Ethereum

Transaction Size Limit In Ethereum

Is there a transaction size limit in Ethereum? Is there a transaction size limit in Ethereum? There is no direct or fixed limit neither for transaction sizes nor for block sizes. This is a strength of the Etherem network, it does scale. That does not mean that there are no limits. There is the block gas limit of currently 3,141,592 gas which can be spent maximum per block. There is no direct or fixed limit neither for transaction sizes nor for block sizes. This is a strength of the Etherem network, it does scale. That does not mean that there are no limits. There is the block gas limit of currently 3,141,592 gas which can be spent maximum per block. Think of it rather linked to a gas limit than a size limit. Miners decide whether to accept certain transactions, and this is based on the computation power needed to process the transaction, as well as the Gas your paying to have the Miners process it. All Ethereum transactions contain instructions (think of smart contract here) and each instruction is given a "weight", instructions that use a lot of memory or a lot of processing power have more weight and the total weight of a transaction is the sum of the weights of all the instructions. Miners charge fees based on weight and the fee rate is determined by the person sending a transaction with the miners either accepting the rate or not just like with bitcoin fees. Blocks have a weight limit that is voted up or down by miners who want to earn as much as possible but not so much that the bandwidth and storage get too much. Now this is less of a fit as an analogy but it has the advantage that when you hear the word "weight" you automatically think of it as a measuring stick rather than as a currency which seems to be tripping a lot of people up when they hear the word Gas. Continue reading >>

What Is The Gas In Ethereum?

What Is The Gas In Ethereum?

Gas is the internal pricing for running a transaction or contract in Ethereum . At the time of writing before the launch of Frontier it is fixed to 10 Szabo, which is about 1/100,000 of an Ether.It's to decouple the unit of Ether (ETH) and its market value from the unit to measure computational use (gas). Thus, a miner can decide to increase or decrease the use of gas according to its needs, while if need be, the price of gas can be increased or decreased accordingly, avoiding a situation in which an increase in the price of ETH would cause the need to change all gas prices. This is also a response to the discussion in bitcoin about fees structure. The gas system is not very different from the use of Kw for measuring electricity home use. One difference from actual energy market is that the originator of the transaction sets the price of gas, to which the miner can or not accept, this causes an emergence of a market around gas. You can see the evolution of the price of gas here: With Ethereum there is a blocksize limit too so youre paying for premium space in the next block just like with Bitcoin . With Bitcoin miners prioritise transaction with the highest mining fees. The same is true of Ethereum where miners are free to ignore transactions whose gas price limit is too low. The gas price per transaction or contract is set up to deal with the Turing Complete nature of Ethereum and its EVM (Ethereum Virtual Machine Code) the idea being to limit infinite loops. So for example 10 Szabo, or 0.00001 Ether or 1 Gas can execute a line of code or some command. If there is not enough Ether in the account to perform the transaction or message then it is considered invalid. The idea is to stop denial of service attacks from infinite loops, encourage efficiency in the code and to Continue reading >>

Gas - Is There A Limit For Transaction Size? - Ethereum Stack Exchange

Gas - Is There A Limit For Transaction Size? - Ethereum Stack Exchange

Is there a theoretical limit for transaction data size when you send a transaction to Ethereum network? Wow this is such an interesting question! TL;DR: the transaction size limit, at the time of writing, is about 780kB (about 3 million gas). But read on. There is no direct or fixed limit neither for transaction sizes nor for block sizes. This is a strength of the Etherem network, it does scale. That does not mean that there are no limits. There is the block gas limit of currently 3,141,592 gas which can be spent maximum per block. That means, in theory you could create a single transaction which consumes all the gas of a single block. Let's try to send 256kB random data with a contract: That would consume almost 9 million gas, which is not available currently. Mist tries to create the transaction but it will be invalid. Let's try to create something close to the gas limit, 44,444 random bytes: That transaction went through, here is an explorer link . Hash: I0207 11:47:14.558908 eth/api.go:946] Tx(0x25e54394ab4e5f17d6e1240c02c1a6c4bb675ef9471f1105b006988f5fe5aec1) to: 0xfcae7970392f510a985a7eaccd3820b7759d65d9 Actual Transaction Cost: 151.59 Finney (0.15159 Ether) So, I just added 44kB to the blockchain in block 967163 . And now the scaling magic of Ethereum starts to kick in. In block 967164 the network reacts to the high gas consumption and increases the block gas limit to 3,142,967! So, if there is a continuos request in high gas consumption, the gas limit can be increased by plus/minus 1/1024 which is around 0.09%. See yellow paper equations 40-42 . In short, limit: yes, at the time of writing about 780kB for a tx full of zero bytes, or 46kB for a tx full of non-zero bytes. Fixed limits (like in Bitcoin): no. As of 12/08/2017, the gas limit as detailed on EthStats. Continue reading >>

The Ethereum Community Demonstrates Its Strength: How Ethereum Solved Its Own Block-size Controversy

The Ethereum Community Demonstrates Its Strength: How Ethereum Solved Its Own Block-size Controversy

The Ethereum Community Demonstrates Its Strength: How Ethereum Solved Its Own Block-Size Controversy Slow transaction times, high transaction fees, and a static gas limit were plaguing the Ethereum network, leading some to wonder if this was the emergence of a rift between miners and developers. But in less than a month, the two factions worked together to raise the gas limit and avoided what could have become Ethereums own block-size stand-off. Note: This article attempts to break down a complicated issue so that readers of every technical ability can understand. However, that makes it very long. Section headers are included to help readers navigate to the parts that meet their interest/technical level. Twenty-nine days ago, Ethereum Foundation (EF) contributor and Oaken Innovations co-founder Hudson Jameson alerted the community that the recent surge in token offering (TO) popularity may lead to severe network congestion and high transaction costs over the coming weeks. In a reddit post , he explained his belief that a temporary fix miners had implemented late last year in response to a Denial of Service (DoS) attack is what was causing blocks to fill up, or reach the limit of acceptable transactions per block, requiring many users to endure long wait times and high fees to send transactions on the network. Recognizing the frustration that users unaccustomed to Ethereums evolutionary rate might have with these long wait times, he suggested that miners raise their gas limit and gas price settings to help alleviate these issues. He called for miners to re-institute a pre-DoS attack adaptive gas limit that would track a moving average of previous block use and organically grow (or shrink) to help prevent blocks from filling up. In a discussion with ETHNews, Jameson expl Continue reading >>

Guide To Ethereum: What Is Gas, Gas Limit And Gas Price?

Guide To Ethereum: What Is Gas, Gas Limit And Gas Price?

Guide to Ethereum: What is Gas, Gas Limit and Gas Price? Smokescreen no more By Aziz, Founder of Master the Crypto No responses Home Ethereum Guide to Ethereum: What is Gas, Gas Limit and Gas Price? This article breaks down the concept of gas, gas limit and gas price, which is a central feature of the Ethereum (ETH) Blockchain and ecosystem. If youve performed a simple transfer of Ether (ETH) from one place to another or participated in an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) , then chances are youre exposed to the concept of gas in the Ethereum network. Understanding the mechanics of gas and the associated terms gas limit and gas price is a crucial element to executing your ETH transactions. But before delving into the details of gas, its important to have a basic understanding of Ethereum. (Read more: Coins, Tokens & Altcoins: Whats the Difference? ) Ethereum is a giant network consisting of a huge number of computers connected together. This large, interconnected web of computers is called the Ethereum Virtual Network (EVN) essentially a global, supercomputer where all transactions occurring in the Ethereum network are updated and recorded into each computer. Ether (ETH) is the native currency of the Ethereum blockchain and is used as the fuel for the network. ETH is not to be confused with Ethereum Classic ; the latter is a fork of the Ethereum Blockchain. Heres a guide to understanding forks, hard forks and soft forks . A revolutionary functionality of the Ethereum blockchain was the introduction of smart contracts. Smart contracts are any contracts that have been pre-programmed with a set of definitive rules and regulations that are self-executing, without the need of any intermediaries. Therefore, with any given inputs, there will be a known output. As they say: Heres si Continue reading >>

What Is Ethereum Gas: Step-by-step Guide

What Is Ethereum Gas: Step-by-step Guide

Ethereum Gas is the lifeblood of the Ethereum ecosystem , there is no other way of putting that. Gas is a unit that measures the amount of computational effort that it will take to execute certain operations. Every single operation that takes part in Ethereum, be it a simple transaction, or a smart contract , or even an ICO takes some amount of gas. Gas is what is used to calculate the amount of fees that need to be paid to the network in order to execute an operation. In this guide, we are going to understand how gas works. But before we do so, there are several concepts that we must learn. So, without further ado, lets begin our deep dive on Ethereum Gas. Bitcoin, Ethereum, and the Advent of Smart Contracts Bitcoin was created because everyone was asking the same questions. Will it be possible to create a form of money which can be transferred between two people without any middleman? Will it be possible to create a decentralized money which can function on something like the blockchain? Satoshi Nakamoto answered these questions when he created bitcoin . We finally had a decentralized monetary system which can transfer money from one person to another. However, there was a problem with bitcoin which is a problem with all first generation blockchains. They only allowed for monetary transactions, there was no way to add conditions to those transactions. Alice can send Bob 5 BTC, but she couldnt impose conditions on those transactions. Eg. She couldnt tell Bob that he will get the money only if he performed certain tasks. These conditions would need extremely complicated scripting. Something was required to make the process more seamless. And that something was a smart contract. Smart contracts help you exchange money, property, shares, or anything of value in a transpa Continue reading >>

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