[Pool Update] Epoch 336 – 343

Hi people! πŸ™‚

Updates are currently released a bit more irregularly than usual, but still contain all the important performance data of the pool as usual. So let’s see what we have.

New IOHK Blog posts

Guest blog: collaborating on Cardano interoperability

Interoperability is key to blockchain growth

Atala SCAN: Blockchain-based product authentication

Project Catalyst – A virtuous cycle of Cardano ecosystem development

Learn how to create low-code, low-cost financial smart contracts in the Marlowe Pioneers Program

Everything you always wanted to know about impermanent loss and were afraid to ask

Fund9 Catalyst Natives Cardashift challenge: demonstrating and monetizing impact

From Classic to Chronos: the implementations of Ouroboros explained

Cardano360 April 2022

Cardano360 May 2022


Performance and assigned slots

EpochLeaderIdealLuckConfirmed LuckProducedConfirmedMissedGhostedStolenInvalid
3354551.6487.14%71.65%45370530
3364147.885.77%81.59%41390020
3374748.1997.53%89.23%47430220
3384647.4297.01%90.68%46430210
3394344.0797.57%88.5%43390220
3405242.65121.92%121.92%52520000
3414842.59112.7%110.35%48470100
3423740.9490.38%
3433440.9683.01%

As usual there are unfortunately quite some ghosted and stolen blocks. We already improved our infrastructure to keep propagation times and therefore ghosted blocks as low as possible but we are still dependent on other pools infrastructure and some pool operators just don’t really care enough even though they are hurting the network with it. Let’s see which protocol changes we will see in the near future and what effect they will have.

That’s all I have for you today. Talk to you soon! πŸ™‚

[Pool Update] Epoch 327 – 335

Hi people! πŸ™‚

Long time no see. I was on vacation and took a break from the digital world. I think it’s always good to distance yourself from the things you deal with every day and take some time out to clear your mind. It is remarkable how new impressions, nature and exciting experiences can stimulate you and how much energy can be gained from them.

But let’s go back to topic: Although I was not active the pool was monitored at all times and there were no problems.

Maintenance & Pool Upgrades

As announced in the last Pool Update several parts of the Pools infrastructure were upgraded:

  • There are now four relays spread across different countries to provide good interconnection within the network as well as resilience in case of disaster.
  • The main block producer as well as the backup block producer were upgraded to more powerful servers.
  • The high availibility solution including the automatic failover was tested and the system works as intended.
  • The Monitoring solution was moved to a fully managed system to reduce maintenance effort for that part of the infrastructure
  • Existing alerts were adjusted and the incident response system was improved.

New IOHK Blog posts

Increasing the transaction throughput of Cardano

The critical role of AI / blockchain synergy in humanity’s future

Wave Financial launches ada yield fund to support Cardano’s DeFi ecosystem growth

Project Catalyst launches incubator for Africa

Introducing the Concept of Delegate Representatives (dReps)

Boosting Cardano’s throughput with script referencing

Introducing the new command line interface tool for Marlowe

Cardano360 – March 2022

Mid Month Development Update – April 2022


Performance and assigned slots

EpochLeaderIdealLuckConfirmed LuckProducedConfirmedMissedGhostedStolenInvalid
3264148.9183.83%77.69%41380300
3276756.4118.79%108.16%67610410
3286157.45106.18%104.44%61600010
3295550.16109.65%105.66%55530110
3305049.03101.98%99.94%50490100
3315148.69104.74%102.69%51500010
3324048.7182.12%80.07%40390100
3334848.7498.48%92.33%48450120
3344751.5791.14%81.44%47420230
3354551.6487.14%

Nothing special occurring during the shown epochs. Some were luckier, some were a little less lucky. Overall everything is in the expected range and we only see the usual ghosted and stolen blocks due to slot and height battles.

That’s all I have for you today. Talk to you soon! πŸ™‚

[Pool Update] Epoch 323, 324, 325 & 326

Hi people! πŸ™‚

First of all I want to thank each and everyone one of you for returning after the Sundae RISO or staying with me in the first place! We saw a quite big hit in stake after the ISO but quickly recovered afterwards. I really appreciate that.

SundaeSwap ISO and RISO

SundaeSwap ISO and RISO are over and it is possible to claim your ISO rewards via https://dripdropz.io/ now. Claiming your ISO rewards via DripDropz will come with a small fee of around ~1.6 ADA (plus ~0.18 ADA TX Fee). If you want to avoid this ~1.6 ADA fee you can wait for SundaeSwap to implement their own claiming solution which should not come with this fee. If you participated in the RISO your rewards are not claimable via DripDropz, you’ll need to wait for the SundaeSwap claiming solution. I’ll let you know if I have any more information about this. Don’t worry the rewards will be claimable for at least one year (so something around Q1/2023).

Cardano Submit-API and FreeLoaderz.io

As many Wallets already offer the option to use a custom submit endpoint for transactions instead of using their endpoints, I setup a Submit Endpoint for you:

  • https://submit.fairpool.eu/api/submit/tx

That endpoint uses an infrastructure of dedicated distribution relays connected to many peers inside the Cardano network to get your transactions onto the chain. The performance should be significantly better than the public options during high congestion times (e.g. highly anticipated NFT drops) as there are likely less users on this submit endpoint than on the endpoints of the wallet providers. If you need any help setting your wallet don’t hesitate to contact me.

I also joined https://www.freeloaderz.io/ a coalition of Cardano Stake Pools offering access to their submit APIs to help improve transaction speeds and spread the load among the network. Several submit APIs are sitting behind an HAProxy load balancer that you can also use to submit your transactions depending on your location:

  • https://usa.freeloaderz.io/api/submit/tx
  • https://europe.freeloaderz.io/api/submit/tx

Also stop by at their Discord (or contact me directly) if you have any questions about the project. Want to help? Then it would be appreciated if you’d check out the FreeLoaderz Catalyst proposals https://cardano.ideascale.com/c/idea/403911 (Load Balancer) and https://cardano.ideascale.com/c/idea/403924 (Reward Distribution).

Upcoming Maintenance and Hardware Upgrades

During the next few weeks I’ll upgrade several parts of the pools infrastructure. If you are subscribed to any notification bots you may see alerts about some relays being occasionally down. I assure you that there is enough redundancy in place that there will be no influence on the block production of the pool whatsoever.

The goal of these upgrades is to make the pool more future proof and have enough spare resources in place. I will also add a fourth relay and spread out the relays to even more different countries to be prepared for any eventuality and to be well interconnected within the network.

New IOHK Blog posts

From node enhancement to block leadership… Cardano’s February release

Project Catalyst, Cardano’s innovation engine, launches Fund8!

Diving deeper into the Marlowe Playground

Cardano360 – February 2022


Performance and assigned slot

EpochLeaderIdealLuckConfirmed LuckProducedConfirmedMissedGhostedStolenInvalid
3226263.198.26%90.33%62570500
3233933.91115.01%112.06%39380100
3243732.27114.66%111.56%37360100
3254734.8135.06%126.44%47440120
3264148.9183.83%–––––––

Looking at the past epochs we saw a great performance during the 323 – 325 with each over 110% confirmed luck. 322 could have been a good one too but unfortunately we saw 5 ghosted blocks due to nearby other slots. 326 will end as a rather unlucky one as we were assigned only 41 slots which is way under the expected 49 slots.

That’s all I have for you today. Talk to you soon! πŸ™‚

[Pool Update] Epoch 315, 316, 317 & 318

Hi people! πŸ™‚

Cardano is currently suffering from a very full chain. Transactions sometimes take a long time, but at least they are executed and the fees remain unchanged. Therefore good news first: Block size will be increased by 8KB taking it from 72KB to 80KB and in addition Plutus script memory units per transaction will be raised from the current 12.5M to 14M. This will take effect very soon at the boundary of epoch 319 on 4 Feb at ~21:45 UTC. This will further increase the capacity and allow more transactions. It is very special how quick and easy Cardano can make such protocol changes without any kind of fork.

SundaeSwap ISO

The SundaeSwap DEX started January 20th and since then executed nearly 65000 thousand orders and has around $70M total locked value (at the time of writing according to defillama.com). Due to the current situation of a congested chain and a very high initial demand for certain Liquidity Pools (especially Sundae/ADA) orders can take several days to process for those specific liquidity pools. Orders for other Pairs are usually processed much faster. Once we have worked through the backlog, the execution time for all pairs will be roughly the same. You can check the queue for the different Liquidity Pools in the Queue Section of the DEX.

Please take a look at the ISO Dashboard for all the important dates for the ISO as well as a reward estimation. No further information has been released yet about the claiming process or when you will be able to claim your rewards. Keep an eye on the official SundaeSwap Announcement Channels

New IOHK Blog posts

A new internal IOG Developer Experience department will improve development agility

How we’re scaling Cardano in 2022

The beating heart of a fast-growing network

Plutus fee estimator: find out the cost of transacting on Cardano

Simple property-based tests for Plutus validators

Introducing pipelining: Cardano’s consensus layer scaling solution

Cardano360 – January 2022


Performance and assigned slot

EpochLeaderIdealLuckConfirmed LuckProducedConfirmedMissedGhostedStolenInvalid
3145955.71105.91%105.91%59590000
3156258.22106.49%96.19%62560330
3165361.2286.57%83.31%53510110
3175062.9679.42%77.83%50490010
3187463.34116.83%–––––––

As we can see we recently were more on the unlucky side with overall luck often below 100%. In addition we lost some blocks due to height and slot battles, which we can’t really influence from our side. Epoch 318 looks pretty fine though and I hope we won’t see too many stolen/ghosted blocks.

That’s all I have for you today. Talk to you soon! πŸ™‚

[Pool Update] Epoch 307, 308, 309 & 310

Hi People! πŸ™‚

Welcome to probably the last pool update of this year. Let’s just start right away.

SundaeSwap ISO

Small Update about the SundaeSwap ISO and how the testnet is going. We saw many improvements during the testnet over the past weeks. It’s a continous process and the team is still developing and further improving UI, UX and fixing open issues. There is still no date announced when the ISO and DEX will start. The chosen Scoopers will start running their Scooper nodes on testnet soon to get ready for the Mainnet launch. I’m really excited to see this project going forward.

But there is more: Many asked themselves how much the Sundae token will be worth at launch. The SundaeSwap Team said from the beginning that they won’t set the initial price and the mechanism how the price will be set was released now. Give the announcement a good read and ask me if you have any questions about it: SundaeSwap Presents: The Taste Test

New IOHK Blog posts

The AGIX ERC20 converter testnet is now live

Introducing our new peer-to-peer (P2P) testnet

When it comes to DeFi, Do Your Own Research

Cardano at Christmas (and what to say if anyone asks…)

Mid Month Development Update – December

Building On Cardano: December Cardano360 Community Update


Performance and assigned slot

EpochLeaderIdealLuckConfirmed LuckProducedConfirmedMissedGhostedStolenInvalid
3065755.01103.62%99.98%57550020
3074759.978.46%75.13%47450020
3087160.73116.91%111.97%71680210
3096160.89100.18%93.61%61570310
3105160.8483.83%

No issues to report for Epoch 306 to 310. We were a bit unlucky, but also had a great Epoch 308, which ended with a new record (most blocks per Epoch) for us: We produced 68 blocks and broke our previous record of 67 blocks from epoch 261.

We unfortunately still see an increased amount of ghosted blocks due to rewards calculation each epoch. A future release of the cardano node should hopefully fix this issue soon.

That’s all I have for you today. I wish you all some beautiful last days of 2021. Reflect on what is important to you and stay healthy. Talk to you soon πŸ™‚

[Pool Update] Epoch 297, 298, 299 & 300

Hey people!

Financial freedom also means taking responsibility for the safety of your own money. I therefore urge everyone to read the following security advice carefully: Cardano Stay Safe Content

No one will ever send you free ADA. It is always a SCAM. Please stay away from it or you will lose your money.

New IOHK Blog posts

IOHK was really busy writing a ton of new blog posts. Here is what was posted since the last update:

Building on the Cardano Summit

UTXO alliance: fostering innovation and collaboration across the blockchain space

Oasis Pro partnership is where DeFi meets RealFi for Cardano

Cardano: robust, resilient – and flexible

Bringing premium spirits to the Cardano blockchain

New certification levels for smart contracts on Cardano

Africa is where the tough get going

Ouroboros Chronos provides the first high-resilience, cryptographic time source based on blockchain technology

Plutus Application Backend (PAB): supporting DApp development on Cardano

Buffalo soldiers march to the heart of the blockchain

Mithril: a stronger and lighter blockchain for better efficiency

Djed Stablecoin On Cardano

Mid Month Development Update – October

Cardano360 – October 2021


Performance and assigned slots

EpochLeaderIdealLuckConfirmed LuckProducedConfirmedMissedGhostedStolenInvalid
2965352.39101.16%89.71%53470240
2976051.33116.89%111.05%60570030
2984349.4486.97%80.01%43400120
2995748.3118.01%115.94%57560100
3004847.02102.08%–––––––

If we look at the 4-epoch confirmed luck during 296 to 299 we see around 99.2% luck, which is fine. However our lifetime luck is still under 100% so I think we’ll see more luckier epochs in the fcuture again. Otherwise the pool is running fine, doing some fine-tuning here and there but nothing special to report. If you have any questions regarding our performance or the above table, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I’m always happy to help or just have a nice chat with you!

That’s all I have for you today. Talk to you soon!Β πŸ™‚

[Pool Update] Epoch 286, 287, 288 & 289

Hey people πŸ™‚

Financial freedom also means taking responsibility for the safety of your own money. I therefore urge everyone to read the following security advice carefully: Cardano Stay Safe Content

No one will ever send you free ADA. It is always a SCAM. Please stay away from it or you will lose your money.

Alonzo Hard Fork

For your information and to ease your mind: Rest assured that FAIR will install all updates in a timely manner and is always ready when it comes to network upgrades. We are ready for the Alonzo Hardfork. All Nodes are running 1.29.0. Looking forward to September 12th!

New IOHK Blog posts

Cardano Stack Exchange: a growing and vibrant community developer resource

Making education in Africa more accessible, affordable, and equitable

No-surprises transaction validation on Cardano

No-surprises transaction validation: part 2

Cardano360 August edition – monthly Cardano update!

Cardano360 August Edition is here and it is again full of great updates and information! Get your favourite hot beverage ready again, lean back and enjoy the full show πŸ˜‰

Cardano Summit 2021

The Cardano Summit will be held 25th and 26th of September as a mix of virtual and live events from around the world over two days.

Everyone is invited and it’s free, so make sure to register now to stay up to date: https://summit.cardano.org/


Performance for 285

LeaderIdealLuckAdoptedConfirmedMissedGhostedStolenInvalid
6956.18117.48%66660030

Epoch 285 was a very good one for us. We were assigned 69 slots, we produced all 69 but lost three due to slot battles. At the end 66 blocks made it to the chain which results in a performance of ~117.5%


Performance for 286

LeaderIdealLuckAdoptedConfirmedMissedGhostedStolenInvalid
5455.6789.15%50500040

We were assigned only 54 slots in 286 and also lost four blocks due to slot battles. This means an underperformance of 89.15%.


Performance for 287

LeaderIdealLuckAdoptedConfirmedMissedGhostedStolenInvalid
4855.8976.94%43430050

Epch 287 was a really bad one: Not only were we allocated unexpectedly few blocks, we also lost five blocks due to slot battles. This leaves us with an underperformance of ~76.94%.


Performance for 288

LeaderIdealLuckAdoptedConfirmedMissedGhostedStolenInvalid
6358.46106.06%62620010

Epoch 288 was a rather good one. 63 assigned slots; 63 produced blocks; 62 adopted blocks = 106.06% performance. Not bad πŸ™‚


Assigned Slots for 289

LeaderIdealLuckAdoptedConfirmedMissedGhostedStolenInvalid
6958.71117.54%000000

In Epoch 289 we are looking for 69 leader slots which equates to 117.54% luck. If we don’t lose many blocks this will be a very good epoch for us! It has the potential to be the epoch with the most blocks per epoch of this pool so far.

This is it for now. Let’s see you all in the Alonzo Era! Talk to you soon πŸ™‚

[Pool Update] Epoch 280, 281 & 282

Hey people! πŸ™‚

It’s been some epochs and we really need to take a look at some new blog posts, videos as well as the pools performance metrics.

New IOHK Blog posts

Wolfram and Cardano build communities with NFTs and liveminting

A closer look at the cFund

Cardano360 July edition – monthly Cardano update!

Cardano360 July Edition is packed with loads of interesting topics! Get your favourite hot beverage ready, lean back and enjoy the full show πŸ˜‰

Cardano360 July edition – Mini

If you are short in time, here are the most important topics compressed in just over 4 minutes. Really everyone has the time to watch this!

Cardano Summit 2021

The Cardano Summit 2021 will be held as a mix of virtual and live events from around the world over two days. Everyone is invited and it’s free, so make sure to register now to stay up to date: https://summit.cardano.org/

Cardano Developer Portal

As talked about in the Cardano360 July Show the Cardano Developer Portal is finally here! A one stop library featuring, on launch, over fifty articles, vetted the community. It’s worth taking a look for everyone interested in Cardano who wants to take a deeper look into some topic. It’s not only for developers πŸ™‚


Performance for 280

LeaderIdealLuckAdoptedConfirmedMissedGhostedStolenInvalid
6146.26129.70%60600010

Epoch 280 was very good for us. We produced all 61 assigned blocks and lost only one due to a slot battle. This leaves us at ~129.7% luck for this epoch and a great ROA.


Performance for 281

LeaderIdealLuckAdoptedConfirmedMissedGhostedStolenInvalid
4648.195.63%46460000

In Epoch 281 we were assigned 46 of 48 expected blocks. Fortunately no block was stolen and we produced all 46 assigned blocks for an overall luck of 95.65%.


Assigned Slots for 282

LeaderIdealLuckAdoptedConfirmedMissedGhostedStolenInvalid
6153.77113.45%000000

In Epoch 282 we are looking for 61 assigned slots which leads to 113.45% luck. Sounds good to me πŸ˜‰

Lots of stuff to read and look at, hope you are well occupied with it. With the upcoming smart contract launch on the mainnet, we are in for some very exciting times. I’m really looking forward to it and I’m glad that everything is going according to plan so far (in case you missed it: you may rewatch Cardano360 – May 2021 Edition for the rollout plan and its different phases).

That’s all I have for you today. Talk to you soon! πŸ™‚

[Pool Update] Epoch 275 & 276

Hi and thanks for stopping by for Pool Update Epoch 275 & 276! πŸ™‚

Digital lending platform Nexo integrates Cardano

This latest partnership with a leading crypto company further expands the Cardano ecosystem and exposes new users to ADA.

Cardano360 June edition – Mini

If you haven’t managed to get your hands on the full Cardano360 show for June yet, then by all means take the time to check out the compact mini version.

Performance for 273

LeaderIdealLuckAdoptedConfirmedMissedGhostedStolenInvalid
4658.0672.33%42420040

As if we didn’t have enough bad luck already, four lost slot battles were lost, leaving us at 72.33% luck for that epoch.


Performance for 274

LeaderIdealLuckAdoptedConfirmedMissedGhostedStolenInvalid
5556.4195.73%54540010

Epoch 274 was quite on spot on the assigned slots. One slot was stolen due to a slot battle which means we end epoch 274 with 95.73% luck.


Performance for 275

LeaderIdealLuckAdoptedConfirmedMissedGhostedStolenInvalid
4856.0482.08%46460110

Unfortunately, we are really having a run of bad luck at the moment. We were only assigned 48 blocks in 275. We produced all of them but faced 1 ghosted and 1 stolen block (I explained how those ghosted blocks happen in some past pool updates). We finish epoch 275 with 82.08% luck.


Assigned Slots for 276

LeaderIdealLuckAdoptedConfirmedMissedGhostedStolenInvalid
6655.31119.33%000000

Okay, it was time for a better epoch and I hope epoch 276 with 66 assigned slots and a luck of 119.33% ends our run of bad luck. Let’s see how it works out.

If you ever have any questions or just want to talk please use any of the provided contact information.

That’s all I have for you today. Talk to you soon! πŸ™‚

[Pool Update] Epoch 268 & 269

Hi people! πŸ™‚

Combined Pool Update for Epoch 268 & 269 today.

Cardano360 May edition – monthly Cardano update!

Cardano 360 May Edition happened at 27th May and is now readily available for you to watch if you missed it πŸ™‚

Cardano360 May edition – Mini

If you do not have the time to watch the whole Cardano 360 Show, don’t worry, the Cardano 360 Mini covers the most important topics and gets you up to date.

Marlowe

Explainer

Whether you’ve heard of Marlowe or not, this Explainer Video will bring you closer to what it is, what it can do, and why we need it.

More detailed view

After watching the short Explainer Video I’m sure you are hungry for some more information on Marlow. Well, IOHK gets you covered with their blog post about it: Reimagining peer to peer finance with Marlowe

Performance for 267

LeaderIdealLuckAdoptedConfirmedMissedGhostedStolenInvalid
6458.49106%62620020

Epoch 267 was a good one for us. We were assigned 64 which we all produced but two blocks were stolen due to unavoidable slot battles. This leaves us with 62 confirmed blocks and 106% luck at the end, which should translate to an estimated ROA of ~5.4%.


Performance for 268

LeaderIdealLuckAdoptedConfirmedMissedGhostedStolenInvalid
4456.3478.1%44440000

Epoch 268 was very unfortunate for us. We were allocated only 44 blocks out of 56 statistically planned blocks. Good news: There were no slot battles and all 44 blocks made it onto the chain.


Assigned Slots for 269

LeaderIdealLuckAdoptedConfirmedMissedGhostedStolenInvalid
5356.0394.59%000000

Epoch 269 is again not the greatest epoch. We were assigned 53 blocks out of 56 estimated blocks. This equates to ~95% luck. Let’s hope the slot battles are in our favor.

That’s it for today. Talk to you soon πŸ™‚