Blockchain Glossary

Gossip Protocols

Published on August 30th, 2021

Gossip protocols were initially used as a way to maintain consistency on databases that were replicated at several hundreds sites.

From then on it was seen that the gossiping could be used to solve other problems, like calculating averages across a network of nodes; or as a way to build an overlay of nodes in a network. Maintaining node membership is another problem that’s been tackled with gossiping.