Ethereum (ETH) 2.0 Network Validation Costs Calculated by Researcher

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Fri, 01/10/2020 - 13:13
Vladislav Sopov
Ethereum (ETH) 2.0 is only a few months away from the mainnet launch. Potential stakers are guessing whether it will be profitable to validate the ETH2 transactions.
Ethereum (ETH) 2.0 Network Validation Costs Calculated by Researcher
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Jim McDonald of Attestant staking service provider, attempted to foresee the costs to bear the future validators for the Ethereum (ETH) 2.0.

Ethereum (ETH) 2.0. Validation Expenses

Mr. McDonald mentioned three main types of validators’ costs: expenses for setup, infrastructure and operation.

The first type of costs includes those for selecting the hardware, the operating system and software implementation. The last one seems to be the most difficult as six implementations of Ethereum (ETH) network are available now.

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The infrastructure costs include depreciation expenses for the hardware, electricity and network costs. It’s better to calculate depreciation period for the period of 36 months, suggests Mr. McDonald.

The operation costs include those spent on Maintaining the hardware, software upgrades and re-evaluation of implementations.

Expensive Evolution

But the most interesting suggestion that Mr. McDonald has made is the fact that the expenses reviewed will drastically rise with the progress of Ethereum (ETH) 2.0. network phases. The analyst demonstrated this increase in schemes for the Phase 1 and Phase 2:

Phase 1 ETH2 Validation Expected Costs
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Phase 2 ETH2 Validation Expected Costs
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Unfortunately, Mr. McDonald failed to demonstrate the approximate costs in absolute numbers. By the way, in accordance with the last estimations, a minimum required stake in Ethereum (ETH) 2.0 will be 32 ETH with 4-5% of expected annual yield.

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Blockchain Analyst & Writer with scientific background. 5+ years in IT-analytics, 2+ years in blockchain.

Worked in independent analysis as well as in start-ups (Swap.online, Monoreto, Attic Lab etc.)