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Introducing Alchemy Supernode: The Industry Leading Ethereum API

Introducing Alchemy Supernode: The Industry Leading Ethereum API

Authors:Alchemy Team

Reviewed by Brady Werkheiser


Published on August 4, 20202 min read

Today we are excited to introduce Alchemy Supernode, the most widely used Ethereum API with all the functionality of a node, including full JSON-RPC support, but with the reliability, scalability and speed needed to run world-class applications on the blockchain.

The traditional Web 2.0 approach to scaling infrastructure uses multiple, indistinguishable servers managed by a load balancer. With blockchain, however, applications can’t treat nodes indistinguishably because each node syncs and stores data from the blockchain asynchronously. Simply running nodes behind a load balancer may result in inconsistent data, as the latest block on each node might be different. Data inconsistencies force developers to introduce tons of complicated workarounds and lead to inevitable errors that crash applications and ruin user experience. Without a new approach to blockchain infrastructure, developers are forced to choose between scale, reliability, and correct data (a trade-off no engineer should have to make!). 

Alchemy Supernode is an infrastructure engine specifically designed for Web 3.0. The blockchain-native architecture delivers peak reliability by powering each piece of node functionality with dedicated, distributed infrastructure -- the same kinds of systems used by Facebook and Amazon for achieving massive scale. Alchemy Supernode also ensures the data is always correct, real-time, and in sync across every corner of the system thanks to a proprietary coordinator service. This allows Alchemy Supernode to scale quickly, gracefully, and infinitely so developers never need to worry about maintaining infrastructure again. Like the rest of the Alchemy developer platform, it’s fast and simple to set up. No code, no configuration -- it works out of the box.

Here’s how developers get the most out of Alchemy Supernode:

Data correctness: Eliminate unexpected crashes by ensuring data is always correct, real-time, and in sync thanks to a proprietary coordinator service.

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Alchemy Supernode ensures data is always correct, real-time, and in sync.

Peak Reliability: Achieve best-in-class uptime, protected by highly available infrastructure, instead of suffering from high latency and downtime by using nodes directly.

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Alchemy Supernode guarantees 99.9% uptime.

Infinite Scalability: Scale your infrastructure quickly and seamlessly so that you can spend more time shipping products and delighting users.

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Achieve infinite scalability using Alchemy Supernode

Enhanced APIs: Do more, quickly with an Alchemy Web3 extension of web3.js as well as Smart WebSockets that automatically handle reconnection and backfilling of missed events.

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Manage smart contract and application level events using using Enhanced APIs

Instant On: Switch to the most powerful infrastructure engine for blockchain with a single line of code. Run your app on Alchemy Supernode in 5 minutes or less.

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Instantly set up your App on Alchemy Supernode within 5 minutes.

"As more people enter DeFi, it's critical that teams like Dharma have reliable tooling for reading on-chain activity - including tracking critical transactions. We use Alchemy Supernode to subscribe to updates for transactions that we've submitted through Alchemy, and then to consolidate that with internal data. This has helped us improve our reliability and UX."
-Graeme Boy, Director of Eng at Dharma

At Alchemy, our mission is to unleash the next generation of internet companies built on blockchain. While developers focus on products and users, we’re happy to power all the infrastructure behind the scenes. That’s why top Ethereum teams like Dharma, Maker, Aave, Balancer, and 0x use Alchemy to ship amazing products that scale. 


Get started now with Alchemy Supernode.

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Alchemy is the world’s most powerful blockchain developer platform, relied upon by millions of users and 70% of the top blockchain apps including Maker, 0x, MyEtherWallet, Aave, dYdX, Splunk and Kyber. Backed by Stanford University, Coinbase, the Chairman of Google, Charles Schwab, and globally recognized founders and executives, Alchemy powers billions of dollars of transactions for top companies around the world and has been featured in TechCrunch, Wired, Bloomberg and numerous other media outlets. The Alchemy team draws from decades of deep expertise in massively scalable infrastructure, distributed systems, and artificial intelligence with leadership roles at Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Stanford, and MIT. Our mission is to supercharge the next tectonic shift in technology with the world’s most powerful blockchain developer platform.

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