We are excited to announce the launch of d14n, a product by Gnosis Builders that measures the decentralization of Gnosis Chain and Ethereum's networks in real-time. This tool is a comprehensive dashboard that allows you to monitor the state of decentralization using the Nakamoto Coefficient as the primary measure. As we continue to support Gnosis Chain in its mission of becoming the most secure, resilient, and decentralized blockchain, we hope this is a valuable tool to provide insights to collectively maintain the network’s health and security.
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Measuring decentralization is a difficult task, but there are several key metrics that can be used to determine how decentralized a network is. Using d14n is simple and intuitive. Simply visit the dashboard, and you'll have access to a range of these key metrics.
This refers to the minimum number of individuals or entities that add up to 33% of the Gnosis Chain network across different subsystems that make up the chain. When 33% of any subsystem gets compromised easily, the integrity of the network is at risk. The d14n dashboard shows the Nakamoto Coefficient across the subsystems of consensus client types, geographic distribution of validators, validator pools, and cloud service providers.
One of the most important metrics is the number of nodes on Gnosis Chain. This represents the number of discrete processes checking and maintaining the integrity of the chain following the PoS protocol. Currently, there are over 1400 nodes on Gnosis Chain.
This refers to the number of validators that have made a deposit on Gnosis Chain. There are over 114,000 active validators securing the network right now.
The distribution of nodes and their geographic location can help you better understand the level of geographic diversity across all nodes.
The number of consensus client types and their distribution across GNO nodes can help you understand how reliant the network is on each client type.
The number of pools and the distribution of GNO between them can help you understand the level of decentralization between staking pools.
The number of cloud providers and the distribution of GNO validators between providers can help you understand how reliant the network is on each service.
By measuring these, d14n can help identify potential vulnerabilities, ensure that no single entity has too much control, and provide assurance that the network is operating as intended.
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