Hello List, I think we can use the upcoming "Multi-frame sphinx onion format"  to trustlessly outsource the computation of payment routes.
A sends a payment to an intermediate node N, and in the onion payload, A provides the actual destination D of the payment and the amount. N then has to find a route to D and make a payment himself. Of course D may be yet another intermediate node, and so on. The fact that we can make several "trampoline hops" preserves the privacy characteristics that we already have. Intermediate nodes have an incentive to cooperate because they are part of the route and will earn fees. As a nice side effect, it also creates an incentive for "routing nodes" to participate in the gossip, which they are lacking currently. This could significantly lessen the load on (lite) sending nodes both on the memory/bandwidth side (they would only need to know a smallish neighborhood) and on the cpu side (intermediate nodes would run the actual route computation). As Christian pointed out, one downside is that fee computation would have to be pessimistic (he also came up with the name trampoline!). Cheers, Pierre-Marie  https://lists.linuxfoundation.org/pipermail/lightning-dev/2019-February/001875.html _______________________________________________ Lightning-dev mailing list Lightningemail@example.com https://lists.linuxfoundation.org/mailman/listinfo/lightning-dev