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⛓ BNB Chain Slips as No. 1 Ethereum-Compatible Chain

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BNB Chain Slips as No. 1 Ethereum-Compatible Chain: Report

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⚙️ Blockchain Data Provider for Uniswap and Other DeFi Platforms Quietly Scales Up

The Graph Notches 500 Subgraphs But Some Users Knock Performance

By Owen Fernau

INFRASTRUCTURE Data may not be the sexiest element in crypto, but it is a key piece of infrastructure. And on Oct. 3, The Graph, a leading provider of decentralized crypto data, recorded 500 subgraphs on its Graph Network.

DATA Subgraphs are application programming interfaces (APIs) that enable software programs to interact with other programs. In the case of the Graph, subgraphs pull, process, and store data from the blockchain so the information can be easily accessed.

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That function is pretty important and major players such as Uniswap depend on it. Yet some users grumble that The Graph needs to improve the technology’s composability — the ability for blockchain apps to work together.

The Graph Network is a decentralized protocol which allows developers to access on-chain data. The first 10 subgraphs migrated to The Graph Network in April 2021. 

Solid Growth

Reaching the milestone of 500 migrated subgraphs is solid growth, but Kyle Rojas, who works on business development and partnerships for Edge and Node, the team that built The Graph, said it’s just the beginning. 

“This scaling pace is almost exactly what happened with the hosted service,” Rojas told The Defiant. 

The Graph has a centralized service on which it still hosts subgraphs as they migrate to the decentralized network. “Small, fast, then all at once,” Rojas said. 

39 Blockchains

Major data sources like Uniswap’s well-used charts page use subgraphs for data. Developers are building subgraphs across 39 different blockchains, according to Rojas. 

“Subgraphs power the majority of the web3 space,” he said, listing major decentralized exchanges like Avalanche’s Trader Joe, as well as NFT marketplaces like Foundation

“Subgraphs are powerful because you deploy them once and they live forever on The Graph Network,” Rojas said. “There is no one that can shut down the API or deplatform the application.” 

A Billion Queries

The business developer said this differs from Google, a centralized company which indexes the web’s data.

Subgraphs are queried over a billion times a day, according to Rojas. Looking forward, he added that The Graph is testing out the Layer 2 Arbitrum as protocol-wide solution, to bring down costs of interacting with the network. 

In terms of momentum, The Graph has also formed a significant partnership with Messari, a crypto data and intelligence platform, to push forward standardization for subgraphs. 

Despite the milestones, The Graph’s GRT token has dropped 84% this year compared to a 63% slide in Ether. 

GRT has tumbled this year during the crypto bear market. Source: The Defiant Terminal

Token prices don’t necessarily mean demand is depressed. Rojas said the number of developers, queries of data, and subgraphs have all increased at a faster rate during the crypto bear market. 

That isn’t to say developers enjoy working with subgraphs. Pat Croke, a founding data engineer at Transpose, a company which translates blockchain data into APIs, told The Defiant that he found the composability — the ability of blockchain apps to talk to one another — of subgraphs lacking. 

“You can’t have subgraphs call other subgraphs,” Croke said. “That composability part is the biggest part of DeFi and when you’re doing data you want to map data to DeFi.”

Useful Data

Transpose operates more like a traditional company in that it doesn’t rely on token incentives in order to have a decentralized group of contributors to do the work necessary to provide useful data. 

“The Graph is the biggest and pretty much only decentralized indexing service, but that’s not to say that The Graph technologically isn’t the best solution,” Croke added.

Rojas told The Defiant that a feature called Substreams will make subgraphs more composable. 

Even so, it’s clear there is a hunger to translate data into more usable formats. 



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