After quite a tedious back and fourth with a Manjaro real time kernel managing to break the bios and needing to do a flash/cmos clear finally the ANPSERVER2 computer is up and running. As tradition (for ANP anyhow) my daughter has put some good luck charm stickers on the computer. Due to this being more stranious than what I had originally envisioned I have put on hold doing container learning for one more week but the plan is to make a docker swarm with the two servers and a laptop to orchestrate according to demand. One server will be the more fail safe ubuntu and the other will carry more of the nodes and more recent kernels with the rolling releases of arch linux based distros.
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).
I have been pondering this for quite a while and I have seen other pools gain competitiveness by having multiple pools with lower fees. I want to remain competitive and at the same time encourage decentralization with having bare metal servers in house. My plan now is to launch ANP and ANP2 with 2% fees for the main net if the pledge mechanism will allow for this to be competitive. The following hardware should be here in a week or so:
Ryzen 3900x (12 cores)
Gigabyte MB with support for ECC RAM
64GB of 2667 ECC RAM
Mellanox Connectx 4 Network card (I really love this card for its network performance vs price)
Fractal Cabinet (More air flow and less silent than my other server but if its too noisy I will switch to water cooling)
2 TB PNY CS3030 NVME
500MB PNY CS3030 NVME
I have not decided yet if I will run both pools from main server and all extra nodes on the other or one pool on each of the servers but will test out models as we approach main net and during performance testing of haskel nodes.
Fractal Design ION+ a 760 Platinum power supply (important for power effiency that keeps running costs down.)
To reduce costs that we instead can look into putting back into the community the ADA North Pool server will host its own SSL cert renewal / maintainance with CERTBOT – this will allow us to add another 75 usd per year in foundings to Cardano Kiva Lending team or other community initiatives ADA North Pool wants to support.
As we are not stronger than the community we build around Cardano ANP has decided to divert back founding into supporting projects in the ecosystem on top of supporting charity projects. First up is Mike Fullman’s pooltool.io that has become a central hub for information regarding pools performance. To be clear in no way will us supporting pooltool.io make us have any special relationship with the site and they will report our performances correctly as can be verified from other explorer sites as well.
This month we used both new founds and some of the money repaid from the two last projects and lend out to the following project: https://www.kiva.org/lend/1944562
In total we have lent out 75 USD in projects so far.
ANP is having a friendly competition with the likes of DIGI fortress to help contribute as much as possible to the Cardano team’s [email protected] contributing to covid-19 problem solving. In that respect not only are we now using a backup server but we have assigned two more computers to donate cpu and gpu power to [email protected] Let the friendly competition begin 🙂
Ranking can be found here https://stats.foldingathome.org/team/244483
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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