⚠️ This EIP is not recommended for general use or implementation as it is likely to change.

EIP-5793: eth/68 - Add tx type to tx announcement Source

Adds the transaction type and transaction size to tx announcement messages in the wire protocol

AuthorMarius van der Wijden
Discussions-Tohttps://ethereum-magicians.org/t/eip-5793-eth-68-add-transaction-type-to-tx-announcement/11364
StatusDraft
TypeStandards Track
CategoryNetworking
Created2022-10-18
Requires 2464, 2481, 4938

Abstract

The Ethereum Wire Protocol defines request and response messages for exchanging data between clients. The NewPooledTransactionHashes message announces transactions available in the node. This EIP extends this announcement message such that beside the transaction hashes, the node sends the transaction types and their sizes (as defined in EIP-2718) as well.

Motivation

The NewPooledTransactionHashes message announces transaction hashes, allowing the peer to selectively fetch transactions it does not yet have.

EIP-4844 introduces a new transaction type for blob transactions. Since these blob transactions are large, naively broadcasting them to sqrt(peers) could significantly increase bandwidth requirements. Adding the transaction type and the size to the announcement message will allow nodes to select which transactions they want to fetch and also allow them to load balance or throttle peers based on past behavior.

The added metadata fields will also enable future - upgradeless - protocol tweaks to prevent certain transaction type (e.g. blob transactions) or certain transaction sizes (e.g. 128KB+) from being blindly broadcast to many peers. Enforcing announcements only and retrieval on demand would ensure a much more predictable networking behavior, limiting the amplification effect of transaction propagation DoS attack.

Specification

Modify the NewPooledTransactionHashes (0x08) message:

  • (eth/67): [hash_0: B_32, hash_1: B_32, ...]
  • (eth/68): [[type_0: B_1, type_1: B_1, ...], [size_0: B_4, size_1: B_4, ...], [hash_0: B_32, hash_1: B_32, ...]]

Rationale

This change will make the eth protocol future-proof for new transaction types that might not be relevant for all nodes. It gives the receiving node better control over the data it fetches from the peer as well as allow throttling the download of specific types.

Backwards Compatibility

This EIP changes the eth protocol and requires rolling out a new version, eth/68. Supporting multiple versions of a wire protocol is possible. Rolling out a new version does not break older clients immediately, since they can keep using protocol version eth/67.

This EIP does not change consensus rules of the EVM and does not require a hard fork.

Security Considerations

None

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Citation

Please cite this document as:

Marius van der Wijden, "EIP-5793: eth/68 - Add tx type to tx announcement [DRAFT]," Ethereum Improvement Proposals, no. 5793, October 2022. [Online serial]. Available: https://eips.ethereum.org/EIPS/eip-5793.