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It's depend on the consensus and how does it design. The interval value could be defined based on the calculated result and the capacity of network. E.g: You defined the interval between block is ~ 2 secs, you might need to calculate following these thing: Time for major nodes to reach an agreement to choose the next minter A window of time for another ...


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They are not interchangeable but often are used interchangeably incorrectly as they are very similar. A consensus protocol is actually a combination of at least 2 rules: A block author rule A chain selection rule ETH 1 and BTC use Proof-of-Work combined with the Longest Chain rule to reach whats called Nakamoto Consensus. Proof-of-Work is often incorrectly ...


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