delegate.lafona Witness Update & Hardware Changes 12-14-16

Now that the dust from hardfork has settled, I thought I would take opportunity to update everyone. With the new requirements associated with v0.16, I decided to move the witnesses to dedicated servers with more RAM and SSDs without throttling. Right now they are going strong with 0 missed blocks during or after the HF16 transition. I plan to move the seed node as well and hope to do so in the next few weeks. Here is a summary of the current setup.

Witness NodeSpecs
CPU8-core x86-64
RAM32 GB
Disk250 GB SSD
Internet Bandwidth800Mbit/s
Backup NodeSpecs
CPU8-core x86-64
RAM16 GB
Disk50 GB SSD
Internet Bandwidth500Mbit/s

SBD Policy
With the current state of the SBD (trading slightly below 1.00), the downward trend in the price of steem and an expectation of increased selling from the hardfork; I will be keeping my discount at 3% and potentially increasing it. I am a SBD converter, but I feel that it is an appropriate level for the discount and that it would be more unnatural to remove it solely because of that fact. I had also been gradually lowering the APR, but I will be keeping this at 9% for now. With the shortened conversion delay I have also increased the frequency of price feed updates to once an hour.

Other activities
I have been and will continue to use my stake to support various guilds and curators to help with the distribution of rewards. In addition I have been trying to visit the new section a little each night to try to find a post or two which may have slipped through.

Thank you for your time and please feel free to leave any comments, feedback or suggestions.

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Thank you for posting @delegate.lafona

Appreciate you bringing an update to Steemit.

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Excellent! Have you adjusted any of the kernel sysctls as was originally recommended, or has your use of the SSD not necessitated it?

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It is running with the stock kernel settings. It does take longer to resync and replay but nowhere near as bad as I was getting with the standard ssd setup for the AWS vps. I was initially hesitant to tweak the kernel settings and I figured the slow resyncing/replaying would be less of a problem as long as I had a backup or two to switch to.

Thanks for the update and support! Post upvoted and re-steemed!