Soaring DeFi Usage Drives Ethereum Contract Calls to New Record

Coin Metrics reported the daily number of smart contract calls on Ethereum jumped to 3.11 million – a new record.

AccessTimeIconJul 28, 2020 at 5:48 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 14, 2021 at 9:37 a.m. UTC
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Ethereum usage is rocketing as the number of contract calls – a metric for network activity – hits an all-time high.

  • Coin Metrics reported Tuesday more than 3.1 million daily contract calls had gone through on July 25, an all-time high.
  • A contract call is where a user requests a specific function from a smart contract that, unlike a transaction, doesn't publish anything on the blockchain – sort of like a dry run.
  • Coin Metrics said record activity on Ethereum – now five years old – came primarily from the decentralized finance (DeFi), which has more than quadrupled in size to $4 billion total value locked, year-to-date.
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Ethereum daily contract calls over the past year

  • Coin Metrics analysts excluded from the figures abnormal network activity from a distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attack in October 2016, which saw daily contract calls spike from around 30,000 daily to 40 million.
  • A spokesperson told CoinDesk the July 25 all-time high was much more "organic."
  • The last time contract calls breached the three million milestone was during the "Black Thursday" sell-off on March 12.
  • This surge in daily contract calls coincides with a resurging ether (ETH), the price of which has increased 26% in a week, from $236 to $320 by press time.

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