Wondering what other people’s experience has been syncing an archival node.
2.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, 2TB SSD
download 150 Mbps, upload 160 Mbps
The first ~6 million blocks were syncing at a rate of 20-50 blocks/second. Since then the rate has been steadily decreasing and is currently averaging ~5-10 blocks/second after block 9,500,000. At this rate I am looking at 10-14 days to sync the archival node up to the present state of the network.
My theories on why sync rate is slowing down:
- More transactions / block towards late 2020 (block count 8,000,000 and above) which increases the amount of information that needs to be communicated
- My hardware is slow to process the information being sent by relay nodes
- Stress on relay nodes from increased network activity leading to decreased flow of information to archival nodes that are in the process of syncing.
Would like to hear other people’s experiences and theories why syncing is protracted.