Orange IV Node Application 12100541111

Respondent ID 12100541111
End Date 10/22/2020 2:17:59 PM
language en
If you have previously applied to be a node please provide us with your application ID.
City/Town Fribourg
State/Province Fribourg
Country Switzerland
What languages do you speak? English, German
What is your occupation? Non-technical Role or Other (please specify)
Non-technical Role or Other (please specify) Academic Researcher (Informatics)
How many years experience in your field? 4-7
What is the highest degree or level of school you have completed? Doctorate or other terminal degree (for example, PhD, EdD)
Did you purchase xx coins in the xx coin sale? Yes
Are you an individual or a group? Individual
Node City Fribourg
Node State/Province Fribourg
Node Country Switzerland
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 xx network nodes vs. previous nodes you have supported? 1. Better documentation. 2. Meaningful default configuration not compromising validation and security, e.g. not exposing critical APIs over RPC. 3. Making it easy to run it long term in the background with logging and restart in case node or network are unstable. 4. Monitor correct option easily, e.g. log status of connected peers and ongoing validation.
What are potential setbacks preventing you from operating an xx network node? 1. Time required for setup and maintenance. 2. Unclear operational status. 3. Excessive resource or power requirements.
What is the maximum upload bandwidth in megabits per second your node can provide? 1000
What is the maximum download bandwidth in megabits per second your node can provide? 1000
What is a reasonable uptime estimate you can provide for your BetaNet node? 99
Please estimate the cost of electricity in the geographic area where your BetaNet node will be running. 0.27 USD per 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?` 10
In what type of environment would this server be located? Personal Home
If your server is located in your personal home, please specify the name of your Internet Service Provider (ISP). Salt S.A. Switzerland
If your server is located in a Datacenter, please specify the name of the company hosting it.
Do you have past experience deploying hardware servers in a datacenter? I have deployed several servers for web applications.
Do you already own sufficient hardware to meet the published xx network BetaNet Node specifications? Intel 6 core i5 (9th gen. 10nm), 64 GB DDR4 RAM, Samsung 980 Pro 1TB
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: Node without GPU, can be upgraded at least with GTX 1660 Super if needed
Why do you want to be a node? Support the xx network and its goals, gain experience and learn.
How did you originally hear about the xx network? Coindesk
Which current xx network communities are you a member of?
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • BetaNet Forum
Are you an active member of those communities? No
What specifically, interests you about the xx network platform? Scalable next-generation blockchain, independent of today's major platforms.
Outside of xx network 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, however, academic conferences which included blockchain tracks or topics.
Do you have past experience managing communities or creating content to be distributed across social media? Please enter details for all with which you are comfortable or have experience:
    As part of growing the xx network community, are you willing to create content as part of operating an xx network BetaNet node? How much content on a monthly basis? No
    Would you be interested in helping to lead the development of the next xx network community? Yes
    Why do you want to run a node in the xx network
    • To help build David Chaum's vision of a decentralized world
    • To contribute to a promising project
    • To undo the centralization of the internet by big tech companies
    • To help build true digital cash to fuel a decentralized economy
    What is the difference between decentralized networks and distributed networks, and where on the decentralization spectrum do you sit? Decentralized networks are distributed networks where not only the architecture of the system is distributed but also the control and operation are shared among participants. Today's internet needs to become decentralized.
    As best as you can given currently available information, please describe the value proposition of the xx network platform and how it differs from other current blockchain solutions. Scalabilit and privacy without unnecessary complexity.
    Privacy by Default is a goal of the xx network Platform. In your opinion, why is Privacy by Default critical for the future of the internet? Without privacy today's internet would not function since messages and transactions based on it would not be secure.
    In your opinion, what threat, if any, do quantum computers pose toward decentralized systems? What about centralized systems? Quantum computers may one day break currently deployed public key cryptography.

    Specs can be found on page 3-4 of Beta Node Handbook
    RTX 2070 or higher is recommend

    Turing GPU Requirement
    The xx network BetaNet requires a Nvidia Turing GPU due to upgrades to the microarchitecture of the shaders granting an order of magnitude increase in performance for the specific workloads used. The mul units have been increased to 32 bits, which greatly increases the speed of the modular exponentiation and modular multiplication which are some of the core cryptographic operations of the cMix protocol.

    You have my support if you can bring in the required GPU.

    Thank you for clarification. I was under the impression that a GPU would only be required at a later point in time. Since this requirement is not met, I withdraw my application and will observe the network from the sidelines.

    All the best