What we did
We did it! We minted our first block! Four days ago, @lux-witness has validated the transactions, signed and appended block number 22 682 862 to the steem blockchain, and the other witnesses accepted it!
We are from now on a true witness of the steem blockchain! Thanks to all those who voted for us! We won't disappoint you!
Let's dispel straight away potential questions: yes, the "block production reward" is 0.97 SP. That is, at current prices, about $2.45. So if we wanted to use this reward to pay the bills for the server, we would be able to "Power Down" the wonderful sum of $0.19 (19 cents) per week for the next 13 weeks.
We need to do much more if we want to begin recouping the costs of running a node. So what have we done during the last week?
Thanks to @pstaiano, we have been able to heed the call of @gtg and have added a new seed node: seed.steemit.lu:2001 to the network. Pablo has also set up a backup witness server and used the tools to failover them successfully. Next week when we'll be up for the next block we'll be ready ! :-)
A lot has been going on on the "software" side. No, not that software. I'm talking here about "spreading the word" in order to advance toward our stated objectives: more quality content creators, more business interest for the steem blockchain and ultimately STEEM going mainstream on fiat exchanges such as Bitstamp.
Steem is, without contest, the best blockchain software currently in production mode as I have explained, alongside @roxane, @alexvan and @hightouch to a local public during the First Steem Meetup which I organized last week in Luxembourg. Check the post to see the slides I have shown.
Not only I know of no better blockchain software but it would appear that there really aren't that many contenders out there. At the recent conference in Malta on "Blockchain, Credentials and Connected Learning" the projects were all about registering diplomas and qualifications on either Bitcoin, Ethereum or (seldom) use complex Hypeledger Fabric bespoke designs. Basically no other technology has reached the necessary level of familiarity for people to start imagining projects around. I naturally introduced steem and its features at several occasions.
I participated in two other events at political level, as detailed in these posts:
- Poker Champion Tony G turns MEP Blockchain Champion!
My idea is pretty simple, I want to leverage the power of the steem blockchain and its many excellent features (as explained in the meetup presentation) to advance the European project. I know it's a (very, very) long shot. Considering I'm "Mr. Nobody", it's ambitious ... on the borderline with madness ...
What we'll do
What are the plans for the near future?
Not much on the "hardware" side. As we explained, keeping the blockchain running is paramount but (fortunately) at this point in time the first 20 witnesses are doing a great job and there are 100 other backup witnesses in front of us.
However we can't help but notice that steemit and busy do not always work quite so smoothly. As it has been explained several months ago, the anatomy of the steem ecosystem has several server tiers
And this layered model is currently not aligned with the economic mechanism of the blockchain.
That is, the block production rewards go to witnesses. But what makes the applications chug along are overwhelmingly the RPC Nodes. They are a lot fewer (8 or 9 if I'm not mistaken, compared with 135+ active witnesses) and they cost a lot more to operate.
A witness node needs about 45 - 50 GB of RAM. For an RPC node it's more like 256 GB or more !
Yet if I'm not mistaken there are no economic incentives to run an RPC node. The only things that push someone to run one are:
- love, pride, belonging for/to steem
- within the context of running a witness node, use it as an argument to gather more votes for the witness
We perceive this situation as a weakness of the current model and believe it should be addressed. Ideally, someone running an RPC node should be directly incentivized with SP, in proportion to the cost of running such a node. This would have the advantage of offering a lot more scalability and a much smoother user experience and prepare steem for the next 10 000 000 active users!
On the "software" side (no, not that software, I'm referring here to PR outside the platform), next week should be a great one but I don't want to say more right now in order to avoid jinxing it.
So I'll stop here (but remain available to answer questions from the curious)
Check previous updates: