The Cost of Resilience

Validators can significantly help increase Ethereum’s resilience by foregoing only a small amount of profit—check out our new post on the writings website!

Written in collaboration with @elainehu and @Hasu :slight_smile:

tl;dr:

  • A new mev-boost feature allows validators to maximize Ethereum’s censorship resistance by building low-MEV blocks locally while still outsourcing the building of high-MEV blocks.

  • Using this feature carries an opportunity cost—the price of resilience.

  • As most blocks are actually low-MEV, however, forfeiting a little profit goes a long way in increasing resilience!

  • This is a breakthrough in the tradeoff between maximizing MEV extraction and maximizing censorship resistance.

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