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History in the making – the dawn of Shelley

Yesterday was a very busy day for me at ADA North Pool. We created the staking pool ANP on the main net at 20:45 Eastern Time the 29th July or the “fork of July” as some of the SPOs have started calling it. I was also on the 100th episode of The Cardano Effect where I said little sensible things and cheered with my Cognac. I was quite tired at that point with 2 weeks of hard work and driving home to operation center. We registered ANPNL on the 29th but had some problems and some users reported not seeing the pool so we resigned it (sceduled for resignation in epoch 209 one epoch from the current 208 epoch). A new pool was registered today the 30th and this is the one you should delegate to. I hope this has caused little trouble for delegaters, but it was better to do it now early than later. Also I made a small video to the community about the dawn of Shelley:

Allready 1.1K views.

All in all a good days work.

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ADA North Pool adds new monitor grafana dashboard

As promiced when I took down the old dashboard / grafana service I would soon make a new one. I have now a beta version that can be found at the website under menu link “monitor” or through direct link: https://adanorthpool.com/monitor/d/NQQGUr7Gz/monitoring-ada-north-pool?orgId=2

Statistics are currently from main net candidate 1.16.x

Image of some of the dashboard
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ANP Northern Lights logos

After revision of our logos we currently have the following available logos for video/websites and such.

ANP Northern lights logos:

ADA North Pool logos

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ANP adds Google VM relays in Australia, Japan and USA

LiveView of the 3 relays in the 3 different continents we are now also covering on top of our Norwegian home servers and German remote dedicated servers.

ADA North Pool and ANP Northern Lights take network infrastructure as serious as we can and we try to evolve whenever we get a chance to do so. In this case we now are using the IOHK nix docker images that we deploy through a docker swarm across the world. We now have 5 public relays in Norway across two different computers with seperate fiber connections and 2 internal private relays handling incomming request to our cores. This on top of 1 ITN pool and 1 ITN relay. We have redundancy through using a mikrotik router (can handle 5 million 64kb packets per second of routing) for a 2nd internal LAN network across the home computers so even if one of the internet is down we can still reach globaly through the other. On top of this we have 2 servers in Germany handling 4 relays (and 2 ITN relays). Finally we have now expanded outside europe with a single google cloud vm (1cpu 4gb) individually in each with premium network infrastructure tier in USA (US WEST) and Japan (Tokyo) while a regular network infrastructure tier in Australia (Sydney) as well. We hope this will mean we can contribute even more to the overall network health of Cardano while also benefitting our own two core pools in our homeservers in Norway ANP and ANPNL.

Full list of relays:
norway1-relay5.adanorthpool.com
norway1-relay4.adanorthpool.com
norway2-relay3.adanorthpool.com
norway2-relay2.adanorthpool.com
norway2-relay1.adanorthpool.com
germany1-relay1.adanorthpool.com
germany1-relay2.adanorthpool.com
germany2-relay1.adanorthpool.com
germany2-relay2.adanorthpool.com
uswest1-relay1.adanorthpool.com
japan1-relay1.adanorthpool.com
australia1-relay1.adanorthpool.com
On top of this we have:
3 ITN relays and 1 ITN pool.
2 Private relays in Norway.
2 pools in Norway.

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ANP PREPAIRS SECOND POOL – ANP NORTHERN LIGHTS FOR MAIN NET

After considerations and something I have deliberated for the last 3 months I have decided ANP is going to have a 2nd staking pool called ANP Northern Lights. While we are supporters of decentralization and certainly we will not be going massive amount of 1%pools on you guys like 1percent did during the ITN, for competitive reasons we believe a model with 2 pools allow us a lot more flexibility in what cost structure we can offer our delegators. One main reason is we are not in this for charity in itself (but certainly will support charitable efforts if we can afford it like we have done so far with Kiva lending and [email protected]) and we are trying to be profitable to such a degree we can continue do do supportive causes like patroning pooltool.io and developing the ecosystem further with our own projects in the future. If you think this is terrible you are free to delegate to others. If on other hand you can see the value I am trying to contribute to the ecosystem like for example my latest presentation during the Cardano Virtual summit we hope you will consider delegating to us or remaing a delegator with us if you have so during the ITN.

Main logo for ANP Northern Lights
2nd logo for ANP Northern Lights (Possibly subject to revision)
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ANP with 2nd walkthrough video

In this video I share with the viewer some of the experiences I have had with my time in the Friends and Family testnet period for cardano-node and walk the viewer through making a node certificate, creating staking keys and as bonus contents we look more into docker swarm, pro’s and con’s of docker containers for cardano-node and community scripts.

Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yhx6IQRrbBA

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ANP creates cardano-node scripts for learning purposes

They say one of the best ways to learn how something truly works is to build it from the ground up. So I took that to heart and decided to build some scripts instead of using some of the other great scripts out there. And I could not resist putting in some ASCII for ANP logo in there as well 🙂


Create address and .vkey .skey:
https://gist.github.com/Willburn/32fb6c5bf69e85258320bc7be7a24db5

Simple send transaction script:
https://gist.github.com/Willburn/b91cde5227826be465e21bcc6be9cf88

Multiple (2) transactions:
https://gist.github.com/Willburn/5240f6f2fc45e49a1bc01af183ae5dfd

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ANP joins friends and family testnet and adds hardware based encryption for cold staking keys

Ada North Pool had the great honor of being asked to join the friends and family testnet. The TLDR is the progress is great. Overall the experience has been great and documentation, features and overall experience is shaping up well in the opinion of this pool operator.

We also added a hardware encryption usb drive in preperation of cold staking key storage.

Fingerprint identifying 256-bit AES hardware encryption usb.
View of a core node and a relay as of today 14th May.

The nodes come prebuilt with a lot of features that can be enabled. For example the EKG view that you can set to a port on your localhost.

EKG view of cardano-node with a lot of data.
With a Prometheus exporter built into the node it is really easy to setup Grafana data as well.
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ANP New server/node structure overview and update on [email protected]

An overview of the latest node structure for Ada North Pool (ANP).
Attribution for logos used: Computer Vectors by Vecteezy

To end the testnet with a bang we have upped our efforts even more. We added two Germany based xeon 4core computers on 1gb fibers at one of the datacenter of Hetzner where we are now both [email protected], practicing with cardano-node swarm (manager/[email protected]) and also adding block propegation for jormungandr to improve our chances of winning slot battles. For our home servers we have a local swarm on its own network (lan based) for the cardano-core that is in touch with the cardano relay nodes (in ip addresses relay1.adanorthpool.com and relay2.adanorthpool.com and also the remote servers @ relay3 and relay4) and thus should work fine even if one of the internet falls down. We also have full UPS backup in both the home servers and in the datacenter. I think we are now on a path to become far more secure in our operations even in the event of internet failures or power outages.

[email protected] is going solid with participation previously by the whole ANP family of computers. Onwards we will be using ANPLAPTOP (4 core) ANPSERVER2 (its a 12 core so have idle capacity for this) Both the ANPHERTZNER servers (4 core) + ANP FAMILY computers that are 8 core and 4 core and with GPU computation as well.

We are currently participating with a good deal of computation for the Cardano team. Stats can be viewed @ https://stats.foldingathome.org/team/244483
Main jormungander server with a pool and 6 nodes.
The main server also hosts a core cardano-node (2nd network lan) and a cardano-node relay (internet)
ANP server 2 hosting 4 cardano-node relays. Server is also [email protected] on light setting.
ANP Hertzner servers the two cardano-node relays are up and running. The jormungandr propagators one is up and other is boostraping soon to be up as well. Both ANP Hertzner servers also run [email protected] on light to help support the cause.
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ANP 2. SERVER EQUIPMENT STARTS ARRIVING

Today the first batch of equipment for our second server arrived. We are considering naming our second server oro8 after the Oroborus snake of life/death cycles with the 8 symbolizing the eternal ring cycle. But probably we will name it ADA NORTH POOL 2 (ANP2). Main server will use Ubuntu for stabile operations while the 2nd server will use the more rolling updating distro called Manjavo for faster implementation of new kernel/hardware support. The stable server will likely host the pools and the more rolling updating server will hold a majority of nodes (but both will run nodes).

New hardware structure for ANP with a total of 24 cores (20 not including test laptop) and 136GB ram (128 not including test server) and above 10TB of disk space. Icon graphic: Appareil Photo Vectors by Vecteezy
Chassis ment for watercooling.
a bit more value driven mb than the ultra we ordered last time.
heart of the server 64gb ECC and 12 core ryzen 3900
Fractal design ION+ a very efficient (platinum class) power supply.