Node Application 10541135928, submitted 2019-02-19 20:48:55

Respondent Id 10541135928
Application Date 2019-02-19 20:48:55
Application Language English
Applicant City Sydney
Applicant State/Province NSW
Applicant Country Australia
What languages do you speak? English, Greek
What is your occupation? IT
How many years experience in your field? 8-15
What is the highest degree or level of school you have completed? Bachelor’s degree (for example: BA. BS)
Please describe your experience in the Crypto/Blockchain space, if any? Head of Research for an investing firm. Also maintain mining/node operations for multiple cryptocurrencies (Loki,Decred,PivX,Eth, Moneroetc)
Are you an individual or a group? Group
Node City Sydney
Node State NSW
Node Country Australia
For which networks Have you ever operated a node? Bitcoin (BTC, BCH, etc), Ethereum (ETH, ETC, etc), Monero, Loki, PIVX, Decred etc
What kind of improvements would you like to see in Elixxir nodes vs. previous the previous nodes you have supported? Improved autostaking features. Dynamic reward payouts. Faster blockchain synchronization on init.
What are potential setbacks preventing you from operating an Elixxir node? None at hte moment
What is a reasonable maximum connection speed on which you could operate a BetaNet node in your geographic region? (Where 0 = 10 Megabits/second, and 100 = 10 Gigabits/second) 53
What is a reasonable uptime estimate you can provide for your BetaNet node? (As a percentage) 90
Please estimate the cost of electricity in the geographic area where your BetaNet node will be running. . 13.134 KwH
On a monthly basis, how much time can you publicly commit to dedicating toward governance if you were selected as a BetaNet node operator? (Where 0 = 1 hour/month, and 100 = 20 hours/month) 50
If you were selected to run a BetaNet node, would it run on your own hardware or be deployed to cloud-based servers? Both
In what type of environment would this server be located? Office space
Do you have past experience deploying hardware servers in a datacenter? Yes (please describe)
Do you already own sufficient hardware to meet the published Elixxir BetaNet node specifications? Yes (Please list specs)
Yes (Please list specs) As per your minimum spec guide. For mainnet we could provide more.
Do you have hardware you would like to use but does not meet the stated BetaNet node specs? If so, please provide specs on that hardware below: No
Do you have past experience deploying servers to cloud-based services? Yes (please specify)
Yes (please specify) Digital Ocean, Vultr, IBM, Amazon etc
Why do you want to be a node? Economic incentives + security reassurances
How did you originally hear about Elixxir? Word of Mouth
Which current Elixxir communities are you a member of? Telegram, Reddit, Discord, Twitter
Are you an active member of those communities? No
What specifically, interests you about the Elixxir platform? We're always investing in different consensus mechanisms and we like David Chaum.
Outside of Elixxir communities, are you an active participant in other node or developer community groups? If so, which ones? Loki, Decred
Have you ever attended a blockchain conference? If so, which one(s)? Too many to list. Most recently Consensus.
As part of growing the Elixxir community, are you willing to create content as part of operating an Elixxir BetaNet node? Examples would be node setup & on-boarding review vlog post, bi-weekly twitter update, medium review of on-going node operational process, etc. No
If yes, how much content on a monthly basis?
What is the difference between decentralized networks and distributed networks, and where on the decentralization spectrum do you sit? Distributed is what the traditional e-commerce systems follow i.e centralised control/decision making where uptime/data retention etc are maximised as nodes are distributed/load-balanced across different servers/geographical locations etc. Decentralized is where the control/decision making is done independently by a node or cluster of nodes that can be part of the network as they follow the same rules as other independent nodes but are acting independently.
As best as you can given currently available information, please describe the value proposition of the Elixxir platform and how it differs from other current blockchain solutions. Can scale but more importantly its a novel way of ensuring privacy.
Privacy by Default is a goal of the Elixxir Platform. In your opinion, why is Privacy by Default critical for the future of the internet? Because we made mistakes when we built out the internet / TCP/IP and other protocols; which resulted in todays world where ISPs can censor/redirect/monitor traffic. Privacy should be considered a basic human requirement and should be in the lowest tiers of maslows pyramid.
Tags Group, Australia, English


Qualified Node runner +1



10% node downtime seems kinda high. Figure internet outages, pc upgrades, node updates, would be a lot less than that. 10% downtime would be 1.2 months a year down. i’m guessing you didn’t mean that much downtime. You got my vote. Best of luck to you.