Ethereum full (archive) node discussions…

There are fortunately thousands of Ethereum full nodes, just as for Bitcoin. This is good because it provides decentralisation and trust in the network.

For some reasons, there are also Ethereum archive nodes, these store more states of information than full nodes, but do not provide more trust (just easier lookup of stuff). Apparently critics believed archive nodes are needed for maximum trust, but that is not the case.

The buzz was that there are only few (one, two or maybe three?) of these archive nodes and that it takes ages to sync them.

Check some BitMEX research and twitter remarks below to get the picture.

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