It has been quite a ride for ADA North Pool and as a staking pool operator I have learned a lot during these 109 days. I am grateful for the trust delegators have put in my pool and I hope to continue improving also for the main net. Thank you to every delegator who made it possible for ANP to produce 2000 blocks during the ITN.
As promiced ADA North Pool will contribute to the ecosystem. We had not expected it would happen so fast that we would launch already 1. April but given that we recently compiled a sucessfull iron rust build of our beta software “paperkitties” we decided why not do a live test on the network – with a little bit of taganta menu and some patchwork we believe we wil have this launched in some form (maybe as in the image above). In any case April 1st. we will launch the beta as it is the perfect date and time for such a launch!
ISPPA – Inter Stake Pool Peering Agreement
In spirit with the Cardano incentivised testnet and experimenting on models of pool operation several pools have together formed an “Inter-Stake Pool Peering Agreement”
In total these pool operators have produced well over 42000 blocks all together and have proven over time to be reliable pool operators securing 24/7 operations of their pools. For comparison this is roughly the same size as all the blocks produced by the largest multi pool combined. On average the pool operators produce around 12% of the blocks in the network in any given epoch.
The main intention of this agreement is to test for and try to achieve an even better networking infrastructure and propagation of blocks than with each pool operator running on his own during the ITN. It involves connecting the pools and relay nodes as preferred meaning that these nodes will form a huge cluster located all over the world that will be constantly inter-connected and exchanging data. The preferred option technically adds a fourth layer of communication on top of the 3 communication layers of Cyclon, Rings and Vincity. It does not mean that the pool operators are going to exclude other pools from their information flow as we are firm believers in decentralization. It also does not mean the operators are running a common business but will stay independent entities.
Finally as this is an ITN we hope to collect data and see if this model of operation can give improvements to the already steadily improving network of Cardano nodes all around the world! We will welcome collaboration at a later point but for now want to keep a steady sample size to compare data.
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In light of the recent post on the Cardano Forums ( https://forum.cardano.org/t/cardano-foundations-community-management-team-supports-folding-home-for-covid19-research/31523 ) ADA North Pool has decided to support this effort by dedicating the backup computer node to folding@home to support the community effort to help research on Covid-19. We would like to thank the Cardano Foundation for encouraging such an effort.
So encouraged by Charles post on staking pool making videoes I created one today that you can find here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZ4dlmw_Dsg
Currently I just need to do some cable managment but as you can see we are running straight from ISP to pool.
In these Covid-19 times trival news like this is perhaps not that important but it is an important milestone for ADA North Pool. Today we connected a 1 gigabyte dedicated connection straight to the pool’s Mellanox network card this should help tremendously with capacity as we can now fully unleash the 1 million tcp packet per second capacity of the network card.