[Pool Update] Epoch 252

Hey people!

Short and painless pool update this time:

News about d and k

Many of you already know about the network parameters d and k. We had many speculations about k going to 1000 in march, which was the initial plan. Since then, however, the circumstances have changed. The change of k and thus the reduction of the saturation limit has been postponed indefinitely into the future. This has the simple reason that first the parameter a0 or the entire reward formula has to be adjusted, so that increasing k also has the desired change of better decentralization. This also means that the current saturation point of ~63M is still valid for the foreseeable future and we are still well below this point.

However, nothing has changed in the slow decrease of d and thus the progressive decentralization. ‘D=0 Day’ will be on March 31, at the boundary of epoch 257. From this day on, all blocks will be solely produced by the community pools and no federated nodes will be involved in the block production.

I highly recommend to read or listen to the following blog post to learn more about d and k, as well as their importance for the network!

For more information read the IOHK Blog post about this topic: Not long till D (=0) day
Don’t want to read? The above article is also available on soundcloud:

Performance for 251

| Leader | Ideal | Luck   | Adopted | Confirmed | Missed | Ghosted | Stolen | Invalid |
| 35     | 37.77 | 92.67% | 34      | 34        | 0      | 0       | 1      | 0       |

In epoch 251, we were already assigned fewer than the statistically intended blocks. Of the 35 assigned blocks we produced 35 but went into a battle for slot 23178551, which we unfortunately lost. Slot battles are decided by chance alone and no pool has any influence on which block from which pool finally makes it into the chain. This leaves us with 34 adopted blocks which means a luck of ~90%.

Assigned Slots for 252

| Leader | Ideal | Luck    | Adopted | Confirmed | Missed | Ghosted | Stolen | Invalid |
| 42     | 38.6  | 108.81% | 0       | 0         | 0      | 0       | 0      | 0       |

Epoch 252 makes up a bit of the more unfortunate epoch 251. We were assigned 42 blocks which means a luck of ~108%.

Once again I would like to thank everyone in the pool for their support. I highly encourage you to join the FAIR Pool telegram group as I can quickly and easily answer all kinds of questions there: https://t.me/fair_pool01
But you can also always leave me a message on twitter or via e-mail which are both linked at the bottom of the page.

That’s all for today, talk to you soon! 🙂