Hello everyone, this is Anil from Witval validator.
Witval is the validator arm from Vitwit (https://vitwit.com). We are a web3 technology consulting, services and infrastructure company. We have a team of 20+ engineers specilized in blockchain research & development & devops. We are validating across 20+ production networks, majorly focusing on Cosmos ecosystem. We are one of the top validators on Regen Network, Tgrade, Akash, Passage and Polygon. Along with running validator for the networks, we also bring value to the table by running IBC Relayers, explorers and staking interfaces. We help community with active governance participation and guidence on stake decentralization & security.
We have built our own version of PoS explorer called Aneka. Aneka is now supporting Passage, Akash, Regen and Tgrade. We have a custom built interface for the cosmos ecosystem users, called Resolute (https://resolute.vitwit.com/). Resolute allows users to do all the bank, staking & governance transactions. It also has support for multisig wallets, authz, feegrant and groups.
We are really excited to be part of dydx community and looking forward to contribute more with tooling, research and integrations in the future.
Hey @anilcse ! Thanks for posting Witval’s profile, super helpful for the dYdX community to get to know your team better.
Something that caught my eye was the Authz functionality on the Resolute UI tool that you guys have built out! A key discussion point in the community now is exploring how endorsed delegates can continue being participative in governance in dYdX v4. Here’s the discussion thread, and I’d love for you to provide some comments there!
Since the launch of the endorsed delegate program, these community leaders have been instrumental in the governance of the dYdX ecosystem (see the Delegation section under the Learnings from v3 governance post ), and Resolute definitely looks promising as a governance tooling to enable the community to delegate their voting/proposal powers.
Curious - have there been communities in the Cosmos space that have used this functionality much? Again, appreciate if you could chime in on that thread, and share more about Resolute!
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Thank you @Cliff , good to hear that you liked Resolute and it’s usecase for dYdX community. We are using Resolute authz for voting on behalf of Witval on multiple networks. A number of validators in the ecosystem are also using authz voting but mostly via CLI. Hope soon they will migrate to tools like Resolute in near future, we are revamping UI/UX of Resolute for smooth experience.
Adding some comments about endorsed delegate program in the original thread. Thanks for pointing to that.
Hey @anilcse , no problem at all!
In addition, it’d be helpful if you could fill in your details and answer the relevant questions listed in the Validator Introduction Framework.
Please note that using the above intro format is encouraged but optional. We view this as an effective way for community members to evaluate the potential validators of dYdX v4 using a consistent, standardized framework. Many thanks!
Hello everyone, updating the details to fulfill Validator introduction framework:
Entity name and location
Vitwit Technologies Pte Ltd, Singapore
Singapore & India
What kind of hardware do you run? Baremetal, cloud-based…? In what geographic regions?
We use baremetal + cloud for our infra. Baremetal is mostly used for HSMs and validator nodes. All the lateral infra like sentries, public facing nodes are hosted across multiple cloud providers to avoid downtime issues.
Technical make-up of team (elaborate on no. of dev ops engineers, experience, etc.)
We have a team of 25+ cosmos and devops engineers. We have been working closely with Cosmos ecosystem since 2018 and helped multiple projects with development and launch strategies.
Years of experience
10+ years working experience and 5 years in cosmos.
What other networks are you running validators for?
We are validating on CosmosHub, Akash Network, Regen Network, Osmosis, Polygon, Umee, Stargaze, Passage, Tgrade, Comdex, Mars Protocol, Ethereum, Oasis, Gravity Bridge, Crescent, Omniflix, Agoric, Desmos, Emoney, Juno and many other networks in testnet phases.
Based on your participation in any previous testnets, mainnets, are there any best practices to be aware of? What are some things that made previous testnets, mainnet launches successful and/or things to avoid that have gone poorly?
We advise for
- Giving the voters enough time for reviewing governance proposals. This can be achieved by posting the proposals in forums first
- Community engagement and communication channels
- Engaging validators for upcoming releases and having testing cycles prior to the upgrade.
- Encouraging stake decentralization
- Funding strategy for tooling and infra to improve accessibility to the protocol
- Don’t push upgrades on Fridays
Do you have a validator voting framework and process?
We generally go through all the proposals/forums/discussions prior to deciding our vote. We internally discuss critical proposals and take a decision. For upgrades, we generally test the upgrade software ourself once before voting on upgrade proposals.
Are you planning to play any additional roles in the dYdX ecosystem (e.g. market maker, trader, indexer, front-end, other)?
We would love to contribute to the ecosystem with tooling, research and development. We have our own version of Cosmos explorer called Aneka (https://regen.aneka.io) and we work on a lot of tooling like Resolute (An interface for cosmos), Node monitoring tools, governance alerting tools.
Are there other products or services you want to highlight that could be relevant for dYdX?
We can work on a version of Resolute specific to dYdX requirements.
Any notable contributions in other ecosystems that you would like to highlight for the community?
- Explorer: Aneka
- Interface: Resolute
Our interchain interface, Resolute now supports dYdX chain. @dydx community can use it for performing actions such as staking, governance voting, send/ibc-transfers etc.
Resolute | dYdX