[Pool Update] Epoch 244 & 245

Hey people! 🙂

Combined Update for epoch 244 and 245 today and there are so many news, that I don’t know how to accommodate them all…

The Mission of Cardano

Sometimes we need a little reminder of who we are and why we are here: We are Cardano. And if you’ll permit us, we’d like to change the world…

Transaction Metadata on Cardano

This doesn’t sound like a big deal at first glance, but take a closer look and you’ll see that transaction metadata is paving the way to the future. Transaction metadata is basically arbitrary data that can be attached to a transaction and then stored forever and unchangeably on the blockchain. This opens up new possibilities and use cases that we have not seen before.

If you’re curious now, definitely check out this post on the Cardano forum about it, where you’ll get more information about what metadata is, how you can use it, how you can view it and how we can benefit from it in the future: How to get started with metadata on Cardano

Dezentralized Finance on Cardano

DeFi here, DeFi there. DeFi is a term you can’t avoid in the crypto space at the moment. How DeFi looks like on Cardano and which advantages Cardano offers compared to existing platforms is discussed in more detail in the following article in the Cardano forum: What will decentralized finance look like on Cardano?

Plutus Playground

Great short video to get you started with the Plutus Playground and therefore with writing smart contracts on Cardano. Some additional shortcuts for you:
Plutus Playground: https://playground.plutus.iohkdev.io/
Cardano Plutus Forums: https://forum.cardano.org/c/developers/cardano-plutus/148
Plutus GitHub repository: https://github.com/input-output-hk/plutus
Access to Additional Support: https://input-output.typeform.com/to/gQ0t9ep5
Full Technical Walkthrough: https://youtu.be/DhRS-JvoCw8

Goguen Development Update

Every two weeks, the Goguen development team presents the latest updates, features and functionalities. This is the fourth episode of the series of technical development updates.

Atala PRISM Demo

Ever heard of Atala PRISM? No? Atala PRISM is a self-sovereign identity and verification solution, built on the Cardano blockchain. Check out the video to see what’s already possible.

Cardano Monthly Update

Check out January’s monthly Cardano update for a quick and easy way to keep up with the latest developments. Tim and Aparna do a great job of making everything simple and easy to understand. Definitely worth seeing!

Dezentralizing Social Media

In this landmark conversation, Charles Hoskinson and Dr. Ben Goertzel of AI pioneers SingularityNET discuss the implications of decentralization for social media platforms, the moral dilemmas of centralized social media platforms and how applying AGI to these systems might help drive positive change.

Join Ben and Charles discussing libertarianism, artificial intelligence, and what improvements will result from SingularityNET moving to Cardano.

Performance for 242

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| Leader | Ideal | Luck    | Adopted | Confirmed | Missed | Ghosted | Stolen | Invalid |
|======================================================================================|
| 5      | 3.44  | 145.35% | 5       | 5         | 0      | 0       | 0      | 0       |
|======================================================================================|

Epoch 242 was great for us with 145% luck, 100% assigned performance and an ROA of about 7.8%.

Performance for 243

|======================================================================================|
| Leader | Ideal | Luck    | Adopted | Confirmed | Missed | Ghosted | Stolen | Invalid |
|======================================================================================|
| 4      | 3.64  | 109.89% | 4       | 4         | 0      | 0       | 0      | 0       |
|======================================================================================

Epoch 243 was also quite good for us with a slight overperformance of 109%, again 100% assigned performance and an estimated ROA of about 5.9%.

Leader Schedule for 244

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| # | Status    | Block   | Slot     | SlotInEpoch | Scheduled At            |
|============================================================================|
| 1 | confirmed | 5260679 | 20115887 | 71087       | 2021-01-26 17:29:38 UTC |
| 2 | confirmed | 5263014 | 20163536 | 118736      | 2021-01-27 06:43:47 UTC |
| 3 | confirmed | 5268499 | 20273093 | 228293      | 2021-01-28 13:09:44 UTC |
| 4 | confirmed | 5272574 | 20354375 | 309575      | 2021-01-29 11:44:26 UTC |
|============================================================================|

As this Update is written late in epoch 244 you can see that we already produced all four assigned blocks of this epoch. We are at about 100% luck and 100% assigned performance again.

Leader Schedule for 245

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| #  | Status | Block | Slot     | SlotInEpoch | Scheduled At            |
|========================================================================|
| 1  | leader | -     | 20489994 | 13194       | 2021-01-31 01:24:45 UTC |
| 2  | leader | -     | 20517894 | 41094       | 2021-01-31 09:09:45 UTC |
| 3  | leader | -     | 20540298 | 63498       | 2021-01-31 15:23:09 UTC |
| 4  | leader | -     | 20586497 | 109697      | 2021-02-01 04:13:08 UTC |
| 5  | leader | -     | 20728713 | 251913      | 2021-02-02 19:43:24 UTC |
| 6  | leader | -     | 20735585 | 258785      | 2021-02-02 21:37:56 UTC |
| 7  | leader | -     | 20743773 | 266973      | 2021-02-02 23:54:24 UTC |
| 8  | leader | -     | 20823159 | 346359      | 2021-02-03 21:57:30 UTC |
| 9  | leader | -     | 20840181 | 363381      | 2021-02-04 02:41:12 UTC |
| 10 | leader | -     | 20861596 | 384796      | 2021-02-04 08:38:07 UTC |
|========================================================================

Epoch 245 looks absolutely amazing for us! We are heading for 10! blocks this epoch, thus we will produce the most blocks we have ever produced in one epoch. It also means that we will have an incredible lucky epoch with a performance of over 200%. Hope you enjoy this as much as I do! 🙂

A warm welcome goes out to all new delegators and a huge thank you to all existing delegators who ensure the existence and thus decentralization through their support of an independent pool with an excellent infrastructure.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me. That’s all for today, talk to you soon! 🙂