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Dune Analytics: Freeing Bandwidth & Money to Level Up

Executive summary

Before Dune Analytics set it off in 2018, there was no easy way to answer any arbitrary questions about Ethereum activity with data, or look back to see how that data moved over time. Sure, there were a few sites that reported some specific metrics. But not with transparency and the flexibility to interact with the metrics and data provided. In that framework, it's hard to benchmark metrics across different dApps in a meaningful way. Without the right data, community discussions and product decisions are often based on apples & oranges comparisons, or made without ever considering data.

Dune Analytics offers the Ethereum community Ethereum data with SQL, where you can visualize the results and share it with the world in a matter of minutes. You can create your own dashboard full of beautiful visual graphs within a plug and play experience. Dune Analytics provides all the smart contract events, contract calls, and Ethereum transactions in real-time. They also have token/USD prices you can easily join with to get USD volumes of on-chain activity.

Beyond the data and tooling, it's easy to explore all the other great analyses that fellow community members have created w`ith Dune. If you get inspired you can simply fork the query with a click to make it your own. Wondering what is actually going on is now a thing of the past.

Products used Networks used
  • Ethereum mainnet
  • xDAI mainnet
  • Ropsten PoW testnet
Add-ons used
  • Trace Mode

Corrupted disk, various memory leaks and bugs

An innovation like Dune requires serious infrastructure. They opened up shop while maintaining their own Archive Node and ran into major resource drain, headaches, and bad sleep.

“Dune was previously self hosting Parity archive nodes. We had been struggling for a while with various memory leaks and other bugs that seemed to get no attention or prioritization. One day I woke up to an alarm from our last node. It had corrupted its disk overnight because it had run out of space on its ~ 4TB drive. At this point I had to recreate our VMs from a snapshot from a few days before, but this was a somewhat manual process and would take several hours to get online.

In the back of my mind I knew node providers such as Infura, Alchemy, and QuikNode existed, but we had never really used them. I read the Infura docs but they did not offer tracing at the time. I then contacted Alchemy who we had been in touch with previously, but they were not self-serve at the time and this was in the middle of the night in the US. Then I logged on to QuikNode, entered my credit card details and changed the URL in our kubernetes config map and everything worked. Out of the box. No further configuration. No custom code. And we literally went from spending $1000/mo in credits maintaining our archive node, to spending $35/mo at QuikNode.”

Mats Julian Olsen

Mats Julian Olsen
CTO of Dune Analytics