Node Application 10661594392, submitted 2019-04-13 0:34:55

Respondent Id 10661594392
Application Date 2019-04-13 0:34:55
Application Language English
Applicant City Saratoga
Applicant State/Province CA
Applicant Country United States
What languages do you speak? English, French
What is your occupation? Software Development
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? started getting involved in 2012, running bitcoin nodes, miners, and a few others like LTC, FeatherCoin, and more recently ETH contracts, as well as Blocktack, DGTX, BNB and more. Some trading experience as well as running arbitrage bots.
Are you an individual or a group? Individual
Node City Saratoga
Node State CA
Node Country United States
For which networks Have you ever operated a node? Bitcoin (BTC, BCH, etc), Ethereum (ETH, ETC, etc)
What kind of improvements would you like to see in Elixxir nodes vs. previous the previous nodes you have supported? HW support can be finicky at times, so having plenty of documentation and troubleshooting would help
What are potential setbacks preventing you from operating an Elixxir node? local regulations? time required, although a distant second if the software does not fail often, or does not require things like daily updates (unless automated)
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) 20
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. . no idea, not relevant for the beta
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) 100
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? starting with home, eventually local datacenter, but does not exclude running in a remote datacenter, mostly europe
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) AMD Ryzen 7 2700X, 32Gb RAM, 2TB SSD, GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2070
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: Also have iMac Pro I could try to use with eGPU if supported
Do you have past experience deploying servers to cloud-based services? Yes (please specify)
Yes (please specify) yes, have been deploying servers to linode, heroku, AWS, Openstack, and many more
Why do you want to be a node? Definitely feels like a worthy endeavor, feel strongly about the space, and missed the initial wave of Ethereum, because I did not get what it was about, so trying not to repeat the same mistake...
How did you originally hear about Elixxir? Word of Mouth
Which current Elixxir communities are you a member of? Telegram
Are you an active member of those communities? No
What specifically, interests you about the Elixxir platform? privacy aspect along with scaling possibility (distant second, I guess, at least initially) Number of nodes in beta is unlikely to achieve either conclusively, but there seems to be a way to get there eventually.
Outside of Elixxir communities, are you an active participant in other node or developer community groups? If so, which ones?
Have you ever attended a blockchain conference? If so, which one(s)? no, except some local meetup. These tend not to be a very efficient use of time.
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. Yes (how much content on a monthly basis?)
If yes, how much content on a monthly basis? 1 article per month, deep dive kind of thing
What is the difference between decentralized networks and distributed networks, and where on the decentralization spectrum do you sit? depends on how easy for a single entity to take control of the network. The more decentralized, the least likely, and the better.
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. besides being a lot more energy efficient by randomly selecting the voting nodes each iteration, the privacy aspect is the key feature, but may be the most challenging aspect going forward.
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? Emphatically, yes! People seem to be light the deer in the headlights and don't realize all the ramification.
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