In current blockchain design, most of them have shard chains design which can increase transaction speed. However, higher transaction speed means larger data size, and the larger data size means fewer people can run the full nodes (because the hardware and maintenance costs are higher). For example, Ethereum 2.0 is designed with 1024 chains in the beginning (now is 64 shard chains). It’s impossible to download all shards, and it also loses the meaning of sharding. But what if a validator of shard A wants to get some data in shard B?! It’s not a good idea to download all the blocks form shard B. It takes too much time and space, and if doing so, everyone will eventually download all the shards. How to verify transactions without downloading all shards? This is our topic today, data availability.
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