- In order to be an active block and transaction verifying participant in the Ethereum network (a majority of dapps, miners, Infura, etc.), the disk size required to run a full node currently sits at ~130 – 150GB
- The growth in Ethereum’s chain size is well known (+200% Y/Y), however the size itself isn’t the only friction, as fully synced nodes require constant cryptographic-linked verification in order to confirm transactions.
- The cost to run a full node will vary dramatically across an end-user. For many, users can run a full node on AWS for anywhere from $50-$100 a month, or even a local instance (~300 GB of SSD) for as low as ~$30/month.
- Considering the rapid decline in active Ethereum nodes (down ~66% since the start of 2018), the costs of minimizing trust may be getting too high for the average active network participant.
This report, with the help of the TokenAnalyst team, is an indirect follow-up to our recent Infura piece, exploring the costs to run nodes for various users in the Ethereum ecosystem and how the cost tradeoffs impact trust.
What is an Ethereum full node, and which users run one?
One of the bigger points of confusion surrounding Ethereum is the distinction between ‘full nodes’ and ‘archive nodes’.
Enter The Block Genesis
Information your competitors wish they had.
The Block Genesis consists of our most in-depth, timely and impactful pieces, giving you an informational edge over the entire financial and technology industry. Genesis members get exclusive access to the stories that the mainstream media doesn’t understand and that remains undiscovered and buried amid the noise of social media. On a daily basis, The Block Genesis will feature the best research, investigative reporting, analysis, company digests, op-eds, and interviews. The Block Genesis is the first and last word on the world of digital assets, cryptocurrencies, and blockchain.
Below you’ll find a selection of articles exclusively for Genesis members.
- Research: MimbleWimble: History, Technology, and the Mining Industry
- Industry Overview: Block by Block – Crypto Lending
- Investigative Reporting: Blockchain Terminal
- Project Analysis: The growth of the Lightning Network
- Company Digests: The inside story of Coinbase internal power struggle
- Op-ed: Money 2.0 Stuff
- Token Analysis: So, is Binance Coin actually worth anything
- Profiles: Cathie Wood on The Block
Additionally, as a Genesis member, you’ll get exclusive access to:
- In-depth project, protocol, personal and company reports
- Crypto commentary by leading experts to review the week’s key happenings
- A unique community conversation, led by The Block team, which is better than Crypto Twitter, Telegram or Slack
- No trolls and less noise than Crypto Twitter
- Less groupthink than your Telegram or Slack
- Special events and deals involving crypto’s best products and people
If you would like to learn more, please reach out to [email protected].