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ANP joins ISPPA

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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https://isppa.info/

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ADA North Pool joines Cardano community effort for research on Covid-19

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 [email protected] to support the community effort to help research on Covid-19. We would like to thank the Cardano Foundation for encouraging such an effort.

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ADA North Pool Video introduction and update on server

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.

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ANP ADS BLOCK0 FETCH SERVICE TO COMMUNITY

With Jormungandr 0.8.11 you can fetch the genesis block with http(s). Enabling this functionality will not only reduce load on the IOHK trusted peers, but also reduces your bootstrap times, all you need to do is add the fetch block0 service in your node_config.yaml or in node_config.json.

JSON configuration

{
  "log": [
    {
      "format": "plain",
      "level": "info",
      "output": "stderr"
    }
  ],
  "http_fetch_block0_service": [
    "https://adanorthpool.com/bootstrap"
  (you can add multiple addresses here as well)
  ],
...
                    

YAML configuration

---
log:
- format: plain
  level: info
  output: stderr
http_fetch_block0_service:
- https://adanorthpool.com/bootstrap/
(you can add multiple addresses here as well)
...
              
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ANP on Telegram

To keep it short ADA North Pool now also has a telegram group https://t.me/adanorthpool

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Update on ANP Servers

We had a few rough periods and needed to rethink our approach. In that regard we made a new server structure as can be seen below in the image.

This has improved our stability and now our main pool server has had an uptime over a day without any problems. We are converting now around 82% of blocks an improvement of 75% from previous settings.

Finally an update on network equipment: Router has arrived and network cards as well. But we are waiting for the transceivers / cable equipment. Probably by next week we have everything and ready to install. The installation is likely to take half a day or with maximum preparations I could probably manage to get the pool up and running again in 1-2 hours. I will try to select a point in between blocks that is optimal – probably during next weekend.

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ADA North Pool lends out to Kiva through Cardano Community team

On the cardano forums there has long been an active kiva lending team (see https://forum.cardano.org/t/cardano-community-kiva-lending-team/17613/26 ) and given that we are now almost half way to paying down the hardware of the server I figured it was time to also try and reach out for a good cause. You could argue its selfish in branding the pool but at the same time I hope it is something that also other pools would consider and that it could become a positive thing for the Cardano community that not only has there been an active lending team but also now pool operators help as well.

In any case I have picked two projects from Philippines as that is where my wife came from and it has a special place in my heart. Today is her birth day and we decided we wanted to do something special so we wanted to support Kiva projects in Philippines. I know also well the social system there and I know that a sari-sari store is very much ingrained in the culture there and supporting someone making one is a good cause. The same with jeepneys and motorcycle / tricyle type of transportation projects that is very much part of everyday life.

I had some qualms if I should publish pictures or not but given that these lending projects are public on Kiva and also it could contribute to others wanting also to lend out to them I believe it does more good than bad.

Finaly perhaps this post is also a good time to direct some attention to an idea I have regarding how to cut cost for oversea family members to cut costs for transfers to family members. https://forum.cardano.org/t/possible-idea-for-family-economic-connection/25247

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ANP produces its 500th block for delegators during ITN testnet

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ADA North Pool will produce its 400th block at roughly 1PM UTC

Celebrating a milestone for ADA North pool we have come a long way since epoch 1 and 2 where we produce one block in each epoch! We have tweaked the numbers even more when it comes to connection settings and believe we have found a sweet spot that will give us even more optimal operations.

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ADA North Pool adds jormungandr monitoring

Had another long night where I tweaked the node cluster (less nodes but more quality to each nodes with more connections and file limits for each) and also optimized the server painstakingly reducing one by one some metrics I know affects the quality the serer has to read and process incoming connections fast until I found an optimal point. After this the server seems again more stable (hoping this time it is going to last for a while!)

Now with the server more stable I have had some time to add more “bells and whistles” type of features so I have now not only a hardware monitoring but also a Jormungandr server monitoring that user can look how the server is doing right here on the web page, I have added these as menu links. As always feel free to contact me for encouragement / suggestions.