Node Application 10538572833, submitted 2019-02-19 2:31:45

Respondent Id 10538572833
Application Date 2019-02-19 2:31:45
Application Language English
Applicant City Milano
Applicant State/Province MI
Applicant Country Italy
What languages do you speak? Italian, English
What is your occupation? IT
How many years experience in your field? 16+
What is the highest degree or level of school you have completed? Master’s degree (for example: MA, MS, MEng, MEd, MSW, MBA)
Please describe your experience in the Crypto/Blockchain space, if any? Crypto: - ten years experience in PKI, Certification Authorities, Time Stamping, HSM, Digital Signatures (CAdES, PAdES, XAdES) Blockchain: - developer of scala libraries implementing bitcoin / bitcoincash / litecoin protocols - developer of scala application to store ripple seeds - node operator for bitcoin / bitcoincash / litecoin / ethereum / ripple blockchains - security consultant for ripple labs - developer of institutional grade solutions for crypto storage
Are you an individual or a group? Individual
Node City Milano
Node State MI
Node Country Italy
For which networks Have you ever operated a node? Bitcoin (BTC, BCH, etc), Ethereum (ETH, ETC, etc), Ripple
What kind of improvements would you like to see in Elixxir nodes vs. previous the previous nodes you have supported? Better scalability and better API.
What are potential setbacks preventing you from operating an Elixxir node? In this test phase the potential mandatory usage of powerful GPU
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) 25
What is a reasonable uptime estimate you can provide for your BetaNet node? (As a percentage) 95
Please estimate the cost of electricity in the geographic area where your BetaNet node will be running. . 0.185 EUR/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? Hardware
In what type of environment would this server be located? Home or Office
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? No
Yes (Please list specs)
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: CPU: Intel Core i7-4790 RAM: 16GB Network: 100Mbps (symmetric) Disk: 256GB SSD
Do you have past experience deploying servers to cloud-based services? Yes (please specify)
Yes (please specify) Multi-year experience in AWS EC2 and dedicated servers in Cloud.
Why do you want to be a node? To experiment the technology in a real world scenario, to provide the service as an independent entity from a not so common location and to be eventually prepared for the mainnet launch.
How did you originally hear about Elixxir? Coindesk
Which current Elixxir communities are you a member of? Discord
Are you an active member of those communities? No
What specifically, interests you about the Elixxir platform? The promises of scalability, privacy and quantum resistance
Outside of Elixxir communities, are you an active participant in other node or developer community groups? If so, which ones? Nope, I prefer facts to talk
Have you ever attended a blockchain conference? If so, which one(s)? Construct, Scaling Bitcoin, Blockchain and Crypto Values Conference
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? Decentralization relates to the control aspect, if there is a single entity or a small group that has the power to make decision, then it's a centralized system. Distribution refers to the location where the data and the processing capabilities are located. Both are important aspects for the security and the scalability of a blockchain.
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. The promises are to deliver speed, scalability and privacy, currently missing (at least all together) in many other blockchain solutions. A few ways in which Elixxir tries to achieve these goals are: - the use of a hash-based ownership mechanism instead of classic digital signatures - cooperation between nodes instead of competition - multi-party computation and mix network - transactions are not stored on the blockchain
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? The freedom on the Internet is strictly related to the privacy of its users and the confidentiality of the messages and transactions exchanged on it. Exposing sensitive information to the public gives a tremendous advantage to other parties that can leverage such information to manipulate markets or for marketing purposes. Without privacy, censorship is facilitated and access to information can be restricted and controlled too.
Tags Individual, Italy, English
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After 3 months from the application submission I can add that running on cloud will be also a viable possibility, if it’ll be better suited for the final node requirements. The GPU requirement is not a setback anymore.


Couldn’t agree more on the need for privacy

If you are the Alex Dupre that I met many years ago at the Hackmeeting you’ll have my vote. Very deep knowledge together with high attention to the privacy, hard to find nowadays.

Too generous, I’m not sure to remember you, though, but I guess we are going OT.