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Mithril Network Architecture

Welcome to the Mithril Network Architecture guide!


For more information about the Mithril Protocol, please refer to the About Mithril section.


In its current version, the Mithril Network is a network of nodes responsible for creating Snapshots and Certificates that enable fast bootstrap of a Cardano Node. It runs on top of the Cardano Network.


The role of a Mithril Network is to enable end users to restore a full Cardano node in less than 2 hours!

It is basically composed of three nodes:

The trustless node that orchestrates the work of the Mithril Signer nodes and that gathers their individual signatures to produce Mithril multi signatures and their associated certificates. It is also in charge of creating and storing the ledger state snapshot archive.

The node that works transparently on top of the Stake Pool Operator Cardano nodes and which individually signs the ledger state.

The node used to restore a Cardano full node by retrieving, from a Mithril Aggregator, a remote snapshot, its certificate chain and by verifying their validity thanks to the Mithril cryptographic primitives.

Architecture Overview

  • This document is subject to change as it is a work in progress.
  • We are currenty working on decentralizing further the somewhat centralized architecture.