Cloudflare, an American content delivery network and DDoS mitigation company, said in a recent blog post it will launch, and fully stake, Ethereum validator nodes on the Cloudflare global network.
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The San Francisco-based company says these nodes will serve as a "testing ground for research on energy efficiency, consistency management, and network speed." Cloudflare also claims that the move is a "commitment to helping research and experiment" with scaling of blockchains that could be a "key part of the story of the Internet."
"Running blockchain technology at scale is incredibly difficult, and Proof of Stake systems have their own unique requirements that will take time to understand and improve."
Before one can run a validator and start to secure the Ethereum network, they need to stake 32 ETH (~$63,000). If a validator goes offline for a number of days under normal conditions they will lose an amount of ETH roughly equivalent to the amount of ETH they would have gained in that period.
Earlier in April, Cloudflare reported that it had mitigated a 15.3 million request-per-second DDoS attack, which is believed to be one of the largest ones on record. The company said that the attack, launched by a botnet, was targeting a crypto launchpad.
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