📡 Polygon’s Big Week Fuels Overall Relay Growth 

Pocket Network Relay Recap

Relay Recap #101 features Polygon RPC traffic pushing the chain towards the #1 spot, FUSE Archival and Solana with jumps up the earnings rankings, and strong weeks from several other chains. This recap covers stats from February 2 – February 8.

Happy Friday! We’re back with another Relay Recap – and with some tweaks in the format!

We’re streamlining the Chain Highlights section to make the Recap much more visual and get you just the stats you’re looking for. This will be an easier format to digest and will be a quicker way to get a feel for which chains have had trending relay traffic over the last couple of weeks. Plus, we’re adding some context on how many nodes are servicing each of the highlighted chains, and what the average daily relays per node looks like.

So, on to this week – we saw another steady week of relay growth, even with the weekly high not quite hitting last period’s high of 1.3 billion. The first day of the week had the highest relay traffic. After that, we saw the network stay extremely consistent the rest of the way. For the last six days of this week, daily relays remained in a channel between 1.14 and 1.17 billion.

Polygon was a big reason for the overall growth this week. The chain has been inching closer to taking the #1 spot from Ethereum again. Polygon RPC relays were up 40% this week, and the chain jumped from a 20% share of total relays all the way up to 26%. At the end of this period, Polygon sat just 2% shy of Ethereum’s share of total relays.

Polygon RPC traffic fuels 5% overall relay growth.

Throughout this period, the network serviced an average of 1.167 billion daily relays. The daily high for this time period was recorded at 1.21 billion on February 2nd. 

Overall, 8.17 billion relays were serviced during the week. This was a 5% increase over the 7.8 billion relays the prior week.

Polygon RPC traffic fuels 5% network-wide relay growth.

Chain Highlights

Below are some of the chains with the top week-over-week relay growth. Images courtesy of POKTscan!

FUSE Archival ↗️ 55%

🦾 134 nodes servicing

📡 1,763 average daily relays per node

Polygon ↗️ 40%

Polygon RPC traffic grows 40% week over week.

🦾 21,806 nodes servicing

📡 13,802 average daily relays per node

Boba ↗️ 29%

🦾 2,460 nodes servicing

📡 1,540 average daily relays per node

Optimism ↗️ 22%

🦾 19,734 nodes servicing

📡 468 average daily relays per node

Moonriver ↗️ 12% 

🦾 2,782 nodes servicing

📡 1,028 average daily relays per node

Starknet Mainnet ↗️ 12% 

🦾 51 nodes servicing

📡 435 average daily relays per node

For the developers out there, remember to visit the Pocket Portal to get set up with RPC endpoints for these and other chains that Pocket Network supports!

Polygon RPC growth helps the chain move from a 20% share of total relays to a 26% share.

Node Earnings

From February 2nd through February 8th, we had Polygon close the gap between it and Ethereum in terms of POKT earnings, now just 0.1M behind. We also had the jockeying for the third spot continue, as this week DFKchain took the spot from Gnosis – xDai. Like last week, though, DFKchain and Gnosis – xDai have been generating virtually the same amount of relays and POKT earnings, essentially tied for the #3 spot.

Polygon RPC traffic growth moves Polygon closer to Ethereum in POKT earnings.

In terms of average daily relays per node, we saw the following chains make the Top 15 list.

Solana was the big one to take note of here, as a big one-day spike in relays on February 5th (double the amount of relays from the day prior) helped the chain move up 9 spots and all the way inside of the Top 10.

We also had a couple of noteworthy archivals going in opposite directions – FUSE Archival making a solid move up 5 spots thanks to its 55% relay growth, and Polygon Archival dropping 9 spots to just barely stay on the list.

Node Infrastructure

As of February 8th, Pocket Network’s decentralized infrastructure included 21,175 active nodes across more than 25 different countries, allowing the network to provide constant uptime and resiliency while supporting dozens of different chains. 

This total node count was down about 7% from the previous week.

Note: PIP-22 and PUP-19 brought big changes to the incentives that shape Pocket’s node infrastructure, by way of introducing stake-weighted servicer rewards and increased validator rewards. We’ll likely continue seeing a consolidation of nodes, as node runners and providers combine stakes to take advantage of these incentive structures that were rolled out in v0.9.0.

Wrap Up

  • A big week from Polygon RPC traffic brings solid network-wide relay growth.
  • FUSE Archival and Solana make moves up the average daily relays per node rankings.
  • Healthy node consolidation continues.

Thank you for reading!