[Pool Update] Epoch 344 โ€“ 355

Hi people! ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s a bit quieter here at the moment, but you can be sure that everything is going on as usual in the background. Cardano doesn’t stop, the development doesn’t stop and the innovations don’t stop. So let us start with the new IOHK blog posts since the last pool update and then we take a brief overview over the performance of the pool.

New IOHK Blog posts

DISH launches decentralized identification and loyalty coin system built on Input Output Global (IOG) technology

Plutus Community Docs: a new documentation site for devs, by devs

Lace: speed, simplicity, and seamless flow

Cardano’s foundational research overview

Overview of the research enabling smart contract support on Cardano

Cardano data on BigQuery

Cardanoโ€™s approaching Vasil upgrade: what to expect

Introducing the Cardano EVM sidechain

Research overview part 3: tokens, stablecoins, and fees

Bridges and sidechains: Wanchain making Cardano interoperable

An analysis of the research underpinning Cardano’s scalability

Staking is the bedrock of Cardano

Layer 1 & Layer 2: all you need to know

Kachina: privacy-preserving smart contracts

Cardano360 June 2022

Cardano360 July 2022

Babel fees via limited liabilities

In this video Polina Vinogradova, IOG’s research engineer walks us through the Babel Fees – a novel mechanism that allows the payment of transaction fees in user-defined tokens on Cardano.

Building together: the Story of Cardano

Want to introduce someone to Cardano who has no Idea what Cardano is. Send them this video to tell them the story of Cardano.

Advances in Ouroboros: Scaling for Future Growth

Chief Scientist of IOG Aggelos Kiayias breaks down new advances in the Ouroboros consensus algorithm.


Performance and assigned slots

EpochLeaderIdealLuckConfirmed LuckProducedConfirmedMissedGhostedStolenInvalid
3443839.2396.86%91.77%38360110
3453438.887.63%87.63%34340000
3464938.84126.16%121.01%49470110
3473538.6490.58%87.99%35340010
3483138.7879.94%77.36%31300010
3493139.0279.45%79.45%31310000
3504139.51103.77%103.77%41410000
3515239.59131.35%118.72%52470320
3524839.59121.24%121.24%48480000
3533939.5998.51%93.46%39370110
3545139.55128.95%121.37%51480030
3554439.66110.94%

We had some pretty good epochs recently but also some unluckier ones. Let’s hope our luck continues. Otherwise, there were no special occurrences with regard to the pool. Everything runs stable and reliable.

If you have any questions, criticism or just want to talk don’t hesitate to contact me (all contact details in the footer). That’s all I have for you today! Talk to you soon ๐Ÿ™‚

[Pool Update] Epoch 327 – 335

Hi people! ๐Ÿ™‚

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 humanityโ€™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 Cardanoโ€™s throughput with script referencing

Introducing the new command line interface tool for Marlowe

Cardano360 โ€“ 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

[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 โ€“ 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 โ€“ 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%โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“โ€“

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!

Thatโ€™s all I have for you today. Talk to you soon!ย ๐Ÿ™‚

[Pool Update] Epoch 266 & 267

Hey people!

Combined Pool Update for 266 and 267 containing many tables this time ๐Ÿ˜€

Some Software Updates

Cardano-node version 1.27.0 was released recently: https://github.com/input-output-hk/cardano-node/releases/tag/1.27.0

Rest assured that we already updated all of our relays and producers without any downtime or issues. We are up to date and ready to produce.

Cardano360 May edition โ€“ monthly Cardano update!

It’s time again. Put it in your calendar and don’t miss it! New edition of monthly Cardano show: 27 May, 16:30 UTC on Youtube.

New IOHK Blog posts

I’ll leave you the links to the most recent IOHK blog posts which were released since the last pool update right here:

Strategic partners pave way for Plutus smart contracts

Announcing new stake pools chosen for our delegation strategy

IOHK also moved their delegations to support a new round of SPOs. Congratulations to the chosen ones ๐Ÿ™‚

Bringing ERC20 to Cardano

I know all of you love the ERC20 Converter, and it’s coming soon to a testnet near you! ๐Ÿ˜‰


Performance for 264

LeaderIdealLuckAdoptedConfirmedMissedGhostedStolenInvalid
5657.192.82 %53530030

Assigned slots for 264 were already a bit on the low side but in addition we got unlucky and lost three blocks due to slot battles. Overall not a good epoch with ~93% luck and a ROA of around 4.7%.


Performance for 265

LeaderIdealLuckAdoptedConfirmedMissedGhostedStolenInvalid
5359.0586.37 %51510020

Epoch 265 was even worse. Only 53 slots assigned and two slots lost due to slot battles. Well, this leaves us at ~86% luck and a ROA of around 4.3%.


Performance for 266

LeaderIdealLuckAdoptedConfirmedMissedGhostedStolenInvalid
6559.13104.85 %62620030

Epoch 266 was quite good with 65 assigned slots. We produced all 65 slots but only 62 were adopted due to three lost blocks due to slot battles. Nevertheless, this epoch ends with ~105% luck and an estimated ROA of 5.3%.


Assigned Slots for 267

LeaderIdealLuckAdoptedConfirmedMissedGhostedStolenInvalid
6458.49109.42%000000

In epoch 267 we are looking for 64 slots which is an assigned luck of ~109%. Let’s see how it will play out ๐Ÿ™‚

Thatโ€™s all for now. Talk to you soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

[Pool Update] Epoch 259 & 260

Hey people!

Welcome to the pool update for epoch 259 and 260.

First of all, a big thank you to all the delegators and readers of the Pool Updates. From the statistics, I see that month after month more people read these posts and I am very happy about that. If you ever have any questions about one of my posts or any other questions about Cardano or the stakepool, just contact me. All contact details are linked in the footer of the website.

Upgrading Pool Infrastructure and Software

Over the past few days I did some upgrades to the server infrastructure as well as its software. The following has been done:

  • Two relays were migrated to new more powerful servers to ensure their reliability even during network peaks and in sight of the upcoming more demanding smart contract features.
  • The old backup producer retired and a new producer is in place with a new system for high availability using floating IPs.
  • The Monitoring system was updated to reflect the changes made to the servers and the architecture
  • Relays are now reachable within the Cardano network via their hostnames. This makes them more readable, easier recognizable and therefore aids future maintenance and upgrades
  • Nodes were also updated to the latest Cardano-node version 1.26.1 which includes many fixes and improvements. Most importantly the 48h calculations are now distributed to a bigger time frame which means, that the network is no longer at a halt at the 48h mark and we won’t lose assigned blocks in this time frame anymore. Full details about the 1.26.1 can be found on GitHub: https://github.com/input-output-hk/cardano-node/releases/tag/1.26.1

Note: Block production was of course not affected by the maintenance work.

Latest IOHK Blog Posts

Plutus: what you need to know

Many participants in the Cardano network are already preparing for the release of Alonzo and thus the release of smart contracts. Currently, for example, the Plutus Pioneer Program is in progress, in which developers can gain their first experience with Plutus. Learn more about Plutus in this recent blog post: Plutus: what you need to know

Smart contracts – here we come

This blog post is a really precious one. It gives a lot of information about Plutus, smart contracts and how all of this will come together. It also includes a roadmap and many links to other related topics. Highly recommended to give it a read: Smart contracts – here we come

Thoughts about the Roadmap

And since we have already briefly touched on the roadmap, here is a video by Charles Hoskinson in which he shares some thoughts about the roadmap and the coming months and years.

Performance for 258

|======================================================================================|
| Leader | Ideal | Luck    | Adopted | Confirmed | Missed | Ghosted | Stolen | Invalid |
|======================================================================================|
| 65     | 56.66 | 114.72% | 62      | 62        | 0      | 0       | 3      | 0       |
|======================================================================================|

In 258 we had 65 assigned slots and produced all 65 blocks. Three blocks were stolen due to (not influenceable) slot battles which leaves us with 62 adopted blocks and a performance of ~111%.

Assigned Slots for 259

|=====================================================================================|
| Leader | Ideal | Luck   | Adopted | Confirmed | Missed | Ghosted | Stolen | Invalid |
|=====================================================================================|
| 57     | 58.17 | 97.99% | 0       | 0         | 0      | 0       | 0      | 0       |
|=====================================================================================

In 259 we are looking for 57 assigned slots, which leaves us at ~98% luck for this epoch. The statistics tell us that we will most likely lose some blocks due to slot & height battles which can’t be influenced by us. In the end 259 will be an underperforming epoch for us. Luck is always slightly fluctuating and we had some good epochs recently (with 102%, 107%, 116% and 111% luck) which level out the unluckier ones.

Assigned Slots for 260

|======================================================================================|
| Leader | Ideal | Luck    | Adopted | Confirmed | Missed | Ghosted | Stolen | Invalid |
|======================================================================================|
| 66     | 58.39 | 113.03% | 0       | 0         | 0      | 0       | 0      | 0       |
|======================================================================================

In Epoch 260 we were assigned 66 slots which means a maximum performance of around 113%. We are likely to lose some blocks due to slot and height battles but nevertheless, this will be again a good epoch for us.

That’s all I have for you today. Talk to you soon! ๐Ÿ™‚