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Thousands of new nodes have joined the Ethereum network

by Carolina Lynch
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The Ethereum 2.0 Launch is all set for the December 1 launch attracting a lot of attention from cryptocurrency watchers in the last few days ever since the launch was confirmed.

Ethereum nodes reached its largest number as thousands of new nodes joined the network recently. There has been a massive increase in the number of Ethereum nodes in the past few days as the 2.0 neared its launch date.

New Nodes Ahead of 2.0 Launch

 The second half of November saw the addition of more than 3 thousand nodes taking the overall number to 11 162, one of its highest ever. The experts attribute the increase in the number of Ethereum nodes to the 2.) staking that begins on the Proof of Stake blockchain from December 1.

The new nodes are perpetually adding with the stakes beginning the validation of the POS chain. Every stake needs to run one Ethereum node and one 2.0 node. The Ethereum and Ethereum 2.0 node can contain many 32 Eth validating slots as every Ethereum stake can potentially have a large number of validators. The estimated number of validators with an average node is around 10; however, it would be more evident when the Ethereum 2.0 statistics are available post its launch. As currently, thirty percent of the Ethereum nodes are in sync, it is quite probable that the increased number is due to the new staking nodes.

With ambiguity regarding the nature of nodes, it is difficult to ascertain whether the operators of the node would allow users to connect to them and sync. With the nodes not allowing incoming connections, establishing the validity and existence of the new nodes is hard.

Considering the various ambiguity elements, the number of nodes is not yet clear, though it appears that 21000 new nodes may have been added. However, since only 2000 are visible right now, only time would tell the exact numbers.

As in the Ethereum 2.0 PoS, the staking node becomes the block proposer and validator, making the staking node equivalent to the mining node. The Ethereum nodes would thus go higher in number as the stakes do not need to bear any additional cost apart from running a node. The number of Ethereum nodes would increase further as the Eth 2.0 launch boosts its decentralized nature. 

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