Are there any super nodes in the network?


Similar to BitTorrent trackers. Or are all peers equal in ability and importance?


Posted 2012-05-17T19:13:50.927

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There is a node that will relay all transactions, regardless of whether a fee is paid:

There are well-connected nodes that are recommended for use by merchants to avoid risk to a race attack. Some of them have inbound connection whitelists so as to lessen the risk of intentional address list poisoning.

Stephen Gornick

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1Is there a common location listing the well-connected nodes? Or how can I get a list of these nodes? – TripleSpeeder – 2012-06-20T17:52:45.653


The Fallback Nodes can be considered to be "super nodes", as clients will at times use them to get a list of peers. Similarly, any node operated by a mining pool or a major Bitcoin website should similarly be able to provide more accurate information than a regular node (by being connected to much more nodes).


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2That list of fallback nodes is not the same as the list of seednodes built into Bitcoin. – theymos – 2012-05-17T19:49:42.803

@theymos Hmm, this is new to me and I can't seem to be able to find a Wiki article on the seednodes. I'll make an appropriate question... – ThePiachu – 2012-05-17T20:34:49.890