Hey, this is Damien from Simply Staking!
We’re excited to join the dYdX community and to contribute to the chain where we can.
Entity name and location
- Simply Staking, based in Malta.
- We run most of our infrastructure out of our own Tier 2 datacenter from Malta. We also have back-up co-location servers in Northern Europe and also in Canada.
What kind of hardware do you run? Baremetal, cloud-based…? In what geographic regions?
- We strictly make use of our own bare metal hardware. We do not make any use of cloud.
Technical make-up of team (elaborate on no. of dev ops engineers, experience, etc.)
- Simply Staking is roughly 35 people with multi-disciplinary backgrounds across multiple teams including 10 DevOps engineers and 10 Software Developers.
- Our DevOps engineers are highly skilled and experienced with multiple members having 4+ years of blockchain DevOps experience across all ecosystems.
Years of experience
- 4+ years in blockchain, 10+ years of server and datacentre management.
What other networks are you running validators for?
- Simply Staking currently runs on 20 Tendermint-based mainnets (such as Cosmos Hub, Osmosis, Agoric, etc), Substrate based chains, Chainlink Oracles including DyDx Stark feeds, Ethereum (LIDO Node Operator), & Oasis Network.
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?
- Overloading the testnet with too many validators 200+, causing peering issues
- Short-notice launches of testnets and upgrades, especially due to people working in different time zones
Do you have a validator voting framework and process?
- Simply Staking places high importance on governance participation on the networks it validates on. We have a dedicated governance team that monitors all of the chains for proposals.
- We have internal tooling that allows us to easily maintain and monitor the state of the proposal (If the vote has been placed, If discussions are ongoing, etc.).
- Whilst discussions take place actively within the governance team, we also have a governance-committee that comes together in case of high-importance proposals that can alter the network. The committee is comprised of 5 individuals and once the governance lead summarizes the proposal and presents the arguments for and against, the committee will then engage in deliberation until consensus is reached.
Are you planning to play any additional roles in the dYdX ecosystem (e.g. market maker, trader, indexer, front-end, other)?
- Contributors to EntryPoint, that will be using trading functionality of DEXs across the Cosmos ecosystem including dYdX.
Are there other products or services you want to highlight that could be relevant for dYdX?
- As above.
Any notable contributions in other ecosystems that you would like to highlight for the community?
- We have created tooling such as Panic, ETH2 Block monitoring tool and more to come.
- PANIC is an open source monitoring and alerting solution for Cosmos-SDK, Substrate and Chainlink based nodes.
- ETH2 Block Proposal Monitor is a tool for Ethereum validators to monitor block proposals and rewards of their validators.