LOCATION OF THE SKYWIRE NODES
Over two months have passed since the official launch of the Skywire testnet on May 22, 2018. Two weeks after launch, we already saw 4000 nodes in the network. As of today, there are over 7000 nodes participating in the testnet from all over the world. On July 31, 2018 I made a snapshot of all miners that were online at that point and received a sample size of 6582 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 results from this analysis are displayed in five infographics. Two of them show the nodes per continent and the top eight countries with the most nodes in the testnet. The other three infographics show maps of different regions in which the nodes per country or state are shown as a number on a flag. Only countries/states with at least ten nodes where considered in the graphics. Check it out:
Wrap-upThe number of participants in the Skywire testnet is growing. Over the past two months, about 2500 nodes joined the network. Most of the participants are from the United States (2300 nodes) and Europe (2080 nodes). The locations that contain the most nodes are California (747 nodes), Shanghai (395 nodes) and Texas (208 nodes), while not a single node is hosted in other countries like Poland and Turkey. As we could already conclude from the first Skywire node location analysis, 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. It is actually a good thing to see nodes popping up in huge numbers in similar regions, because these nodes will be able to connect to each other once the Skywire meshnet is running.
Updated VersionThe first article about Skywire statistics was originally published on June 3, 2018. This update contains new numbers captured on July 31, 2018. If you want to read the first version of Skywire statistics, you can find it here: Skywire Statistics 03.06.2018