LOCATION OF THE SKYWIRE NODES
The testnet for Skywire has been officially launched on the 22nd of May. From that point on until the 31st of May, early participants of the Skywire network could submit a document with the specification of their miner to be eligible to receive rewards. Receiving rewards also means your miner has to stay online the most of the time, since higher availability might result in higher rewards. Since we passed the 31st of May and therefore most miners should be fully configured to submit the reward applications, I assume that we have an adequate sample of nodes in the network online. Therefore, I made a snapshot of all miners that were online on June 1st and ended up with a sample size of 3936 nodes. Each of these nodes comes along with a node key, an app key and a location. Since node key and app key are both unique per node, I used the location data to process it statistically. The information I got from that is displayed in these four infographics:
Wrap-upExtracting the location from about 4000 nodes delivers some interesting insights. We saw, that the majority of nodes is based in the US, China and Western Europe. Nodes can be found in a total of 50 countries, although the six countries with the most nodes equal 75% of all nodes in the network. When you consider the relatively high node density in certain regions like Shanghai (399 nodes), California (316 nodes) or Provincie Gelderland (80 nodes) in comparison to other regions or countries, that do not feature a single node (Turkey, Poland or whole South America), we can conclude that there are local network effects that make the network grow. I can’t tell if this is coming from people who motivate their friends to build miners or people build them on their own and place them in various residences, but local network effects seem to be existing. Furthermore, the regions with the most nodes right now might also be the ones that grow the quickest, if there are already enough people at this point to spread the word about Skycoin. Overall speaking, I think 4000 nodes are a good number to perform a first statistical look at the location of the nodes in the network and it is also a great number for the Skycoin project, meaning they could motivate their userbase to run about 4000 nodes all around the world after the first week of the official Skywire testnet.