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Goal: <33% | Danger: >50%

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Client Diversity Is Not Optional

Many know client diversity is important for a more resilient network, but they don't understand why or just how essential it is. It's not only important — it's critical. If a single client is used by 2/3rds (66%) of validators (this is currently the case) (this is currently the case) there's a very real risk this can result in disrupting the chain and monetary loss [1, 2] for node operators.

It takes 2/3rds of validators to reach finality. If a client with 66%+ of marketshare has a bug and forks to its own chain, it'll be capable of finalizing. Once the fork finalizes, the validators cannot return to the real chain without being slashed. If 66% of the chain gets slashed simultaneously, the penalty is the whole 32 ETH.

So why is >50% marketshare still dangerous? (this is currently the case)(this is currently the case) If a minority client forks, the 50%+ majority client can obtain a 66%+ majority. With no client having a marketshare over 33%, these scenarios are avoided. That's why <33% marketshare is the goal for all clients.

Execution clients are not immune. The risks mentioned above apply to both consensus clients and execution clients equally.

Client Resources

Consensus Clients

Client Github Docs Chat Status Support Donate
* Grandine betaLinux, Win, macOS-
Lighthouse stableLinux, Win, macOS, ARM
Lodestar stableLinux, Win, macOS
Nimbus stableLinux, Win, macOS, ARM
Prysm stableLinux, Win, macOS
Teku stableLinux, Win, macOS
* Grandine is not open sourced

Execution Clients

Client Github Docs Chat Status Support Donate
Akula deprecated-
Besu stableLinux, Win, macOS
Erigon (Turbo-Geth) -alpha & betaLinux, Win, macOS, ARM
EthereumJS alphaLinux, Win, macOS
Geth stableLinux, Win, macOS, ARM
Nethermind stableLinux, Win, macOS, ARM
Nimbus pre-alpha-
Reth pre-alphaLinux, macOS-
Silkworm -pre-alphaLinux, Win, macOS

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