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EOS Nation Infrastructure Improvements

Over the last few months, we’ve made significant changes to our infrastructure based on lessons learned over the past 2 years of testing and optimizing hardware for EOSIO purposes. Our hardware is optimized for the specific requirements of the variety of services we offer and we want to take the time to share what we’ve been doing and the positive impacts it will bring to many of our services.

EOS Nation makes infrastructure investment a priority, which is reflected in the highly performant hardware we use to continuously offer world class services on the EOSIO networks we serve. Our bare-metal hardware spans multiple data centres and we use different network providers located in multiple jurisdictions for maximum redundancy. 

Our latest changes come in 3 parts: data centre space, server infrastructure, and network bandwidth. Let’s have a look at each in more detail:

Data center Space
The data centre where we hosted most of our services had limited space and was not cost efficient, but was otherwise working well.  We now moved our primary data centre to a new location with much more space for us to grow, while reducing our costs at the same time. We now use twice as much space and have room to grow some more as needed.

Server Infrastructure
Our block producing nodes have been using Intel Core i9-9900K processors for a long time. We’ve now upgraded to the newer i9-9900KS for all of our block producer nodes across all of the EOSIO networks on which we produce blocks. This CPU change increased our clock speed from 4.6GHz to 5.0GHz. And while we were at it, we also doubled the RAM on the i9s to 128GB per server.

As explained in a previous article, we run private P2P “blocks” and “transaction” nodes to exchange blocks with all other block producers. These nodes have been upgraded with i9-9900K processors. Now and all of our EOS Mainnet public API and P2P nodes are using the same i9-9900K processors to ensure transactions submitted to our API are billed at the same price that they will be executed on our block signing nodes.

We also increased the i9 servers running P2P nodes in our backup block producing data centre.

With the i9-9900K being ‘consumer’ class hardware, it takes up quite a bit of rack space compared to Xeon based servers, which we currently use for the most critical parts of our infrastructure.

Speaking of Xeon servers, we’re happy to announce that we’re in the process of deploying new Xeon Gold 6248R based servers. These heavy-duty servers have 768GB RAM and many TBs of storage space. It has the hardware nerds inside EOS Nation extremely excited. These servers will be used to continue providing Hyperion history services among other things. Stay tuned to our publications for more Xeon Gold updates in the future!

Network Bandwidth
Our expanding list of tools (xNation, deWebEOS Resource PlannerEOS DetectiveDaily Snapshots, EOSIO Blocktivity statistics, BP Validator, LiquidityPortal, DSP Portal) also requires more network bandwidth to support them. So we increased network bandwidth by 8x in partnership with our provider, DNSnetworks.

What does this all mean for dApps, wallets and all EOSIO network users?
It means better infrastructure for everyone since we now offer:

  • More performant EOSIO API nodes
  • The ability to handle all incoming P2P requests
  • Public history
  • Up-to-date EOS Detective

We’re committed to investing in EOSIO infrastructure and delivering world class services to all our users. This set of changes positions us to be ready for the next phase of growth that we anticipate on our EOSIO networks.

Thank you for supporting EOS Nation. Your votes are important to us. Show your support by visiting proxy.eosnation.io!

Block.one dished out $1.9M USD to EOSIO projects

This week Block.one announced they’ve awarded 34 projects with $50,000 USD grants through their EOS VC fund and another $200,000 to Syed Jafri for winning the EOSIO Challenge.

When Block.one announced the EOS VC Grants Program in December 2019, the EOSIO developers community was excited to fill out the application for the chance of receiving a $50,000 grant. During some recent Twitter conversations on the topic, Brendan Blumer reaffirmed that Block.one supports startups that have a thoughtful business plan and show signs of execution capability, while also highlighting that these grants are aimed for developers who realize the power of the EOSIO tech stack is what is needed to power their applications.

Many of these projects receiving grants have been mentioned in previous EOS Hot Sauce publications, such as:

We were also happy to see new projects that we had not heard of before, and we recommend our readers to read the Block.one article that contains the full list of projects along with brief descriptions of their product and use-case.

Sectors that have seen support from these grants are extremely varied and include advertising, media, digital authenticity, supply chain management, data insights, cyber insurance, portfolio management, wardrobe management, ecological efforts, medical tools, developer tools, and blockchain education.

The $200,000 award to Syed Jafri is for his outstanding work completing the EOSIO Challenge to create an application running on an EOSIO blockchain that provides a full Ethereum application environment, much like a virtual machine. It’s a significant step towards blockchain interoperability. 

Developers who are used to coding in Solidity now have a bridge that allows them to build their applications on EOSIO without having to learn an entirely new code language.

The EOSIO Challenge kicked off on February 3, 2020, with more than 800 registrants. Syed’s winning solution is open sourced as a developer tool.

We’re happy to see so many forward-looking projects receiving support from Block.one and you can expect to hear more updates from these great teams in future episodes of the EOS Hot Sauce. 

Congratulations to everyone who qualified for these grants!

EOS Lost Keys - Contract renewed until June 2021

The EOS Lost Keys smart-contract has been once again enabled and is now valid for a 12 month period ending on June 1st 2021. If the recent expiry of the smart-contract took you by surprise, you now have another year to gain access to your account. 

When the EOS Lost Keys smart contract was activated in April 2019, it allowed users who lost their genesis account private keys to reclaim their accounts by proving ownership of the Ethereum key paired to that account. During those 12 months, over 2.6M EOS was successfully recovered through the EOS Lost Keys recovery process.

In April 2020, when this process expired, some EOS users reached out to block producers expressing they had yet to do the recovery process as they were not aware it had an expiry date.

After reviewing the smart contracts and making the necessary modifications, EOS Nation submitted an MSIG proposal to the top 21 block producers to enable the EOS Lost Key recovery process for another year. We’re happy to report that this proposal was approved by 15/21 top block producers and executed by Thierry Stoudmann, an EOS Nation Ambassador and active EOS Lost Keys community volunteer.

Token holders who lost their genesis account keys can once again gain control of their account by following the steps over at EOS Authority.

It finally happened!

Starting with a list of 10 block producers, Block.one announced they will be rotating their 10M votes over a 6 week period. It’s important to note that even though Block.one is now the largest voter on chain, they seem to be structuring their votes in a way that will bring the least amount of disruption to the current rankings. For example, this first list of block producers includes some in the Top 21 as well as some in the “middle range” for standby block producers. Block.one has voted in a way that has not impacted the Top21 rankings and has not caused any standby block producers to fall below the pay zone. Although EOS Nation is not on the initial voting list, we are confident that we will get our turn. Here are the 10 block producers that received these first historic votes:

  • atticlabeosb
  • bitfinexeos1
  • eoscafeblock
  • eoshuobipool
  • eosriobrazil
  • eosswedenorg
  • newdex.bp
  • okcapitalbp1
  • starteosiobp
  • teamgreymass

Fans of the Anchor wallet have even more to like these days with their recent mobile beta release for iOS. Users are invited to join their TestFlight beta program from their mobile Apple device to get started.

Something interesting to note is that since Anchor does not include an embedded app store, it should have an easier time getting listed in the popular app stores. As for the many Android users out there, don’t worry, the team is now working on the Anchor Android release. Here’s an exclusive quote from Aaron Cox of Greymass:

Everyone here at Greymass is incredibly excited to get the first iOS beta of Anchor out into the hands (and pockets) of the community. It’s a project we’ve had in the works for about 6 months now, and is part of a much larger suite of products that we hope will push the EOSIO user experience to the next level. Even in its most basic form, as a simple to use authenticator, it already offers users many powerful ways to interact with the blockchain.

With the beta underway, we’re already pushing forward with new features including the integration of Fuel (our solution for resource management) and will soon be introducing an account creation service to ease onboarding of new users. In parallel we also are building out the foundational pieces we need, with the help of the EOSIO developer community, to bring the same experience to Android devices.

In time, and as these features (and more) are completed, we’re excited by the potential changes that these technologies will bring to the EOSIO ecosystem. Easier, faster, and very flexible are the name of the game when it comes to increasing adoption, as we try to get the wallet out of the way and get users into the applications (and blockchains) they want to interact with.

Official Greymass announcement on Anchor Mobile:

We’re launching the iOS beta version of Anchor, an authenticator (very similar to the authenticator B1 published) that utilizes the EOSIO Signing Request (ESR) protocol we’ve been working on. It’s the culmination of a lot of our work over the past year or two within the space, and as we move forward this product and it’s protocols – it will offer additional ways to drive adoption.

For the more technically oriented folks who want to explore the open standards we’re implementing to make this all possible, we’ve published REV2 of the signing protocol as well as a new standard (anchor-link) built on top of ESR for secure/persistent sessions:

ESR REV2 (@eosio_signing_request on Telegram)
Anchor-link (@anchor_link on Telegram)

Any wallet or application can implement these protocols which natively works on both desktop, mobile, and even print media. It’s our hope to create a standard around these technologies to create a great user experience for EOS (and EOSIO) end users while maintaining a simple integration path for developers looking to build new or adapt existing products to use the blockchain.

We’d welcome the collaboration by other groups in the space to help refine all of these systems, for the betterment of the entire ecosystem. Feel free to join us in one of the topic specific channels mentioned in any of the above or linked media.

This week Raman Bindlish from Blockstart and Jason Kemp from DAPP Solutions announced a partnership that will see them join forces as they both continue to develop on the DAPP Network and onboard enterprises onto the blockchain with as little friction as possible. Visit their website for more information.

Their two current projects are the DAPP Accounts, which makes it easy for everyone to create a blockchain account with just an email address, and the more recently announced Blokument, an eSignature software platform that leverages blockchain as a transparent, immutable record.

For those who want to learn about DAPP Solutions and Blockstart, we invite you to watch the latest episode of DAPP Talks, where Zack Gall of LiquidApps interviewed the pair of blockchain entrepreneurs.

As mentioned in our infrastructure update, our latest hardware has enabled EOS Detective to once again keep up with the high throughput of the EOS Mainnet and is showing up-to-date EOS account activity to users of the platform. 

For those who don’t know, EOS Detective puts forensic data analysis for the EOS blockchain at your fingertips — and EOS Nation is proud to make it available to everyone. How does it work?

  • Lookup any account to visualize its token transfer history
  • Double click a node to expand
  • Single click a node to see all transfers to that node
  • Single click an arrow to see all individual transfers
  • View individual transfers or aggregated

That’s all there is to it, but for more details on the filter options, physics settings, and the graph network queries, head on over to our EOS Detective Guide. Happy sleuthing!

 

The EOS Resource Planner is back! Originally developed by EOS New York prior to closing up shop to join Block.one, EOS Nation is now maintaining this code base and hosting the website to assure that all EOS users have access to this great resource. The site is very simple and easy to use, showing you a general overview of costs on one tab, and offering a calculator on the other to calculate your costs based on your needs.

While there are lots of developments going on in the WAX Community, the great success of the Topps Garbage Pail Kids Trading Cards still seems to be the dominating topic and sends waves into the wider crypto community. 

Most recently, Evan Vandenberg was invited by the Crypto YouTuber Crypt0 (118K subscribers) for a talk about WAX, Topps and a GPK give away

Evan gave a great introduction to WAX and, apparently surprised by the initial success of the Topps’ GPK himself, shared his enthusiasm for the upcoming Topps products and the potential of introducing game mechanics to the NFTS, a feature that would not be possible with physical cards. There seem to be a lot of talks behind the scenes with companies holding IP rights, and the value proposition is even clearer with this successful launch on WAX. It’s pretty clear that this is just the beginning.

Since the 1st GPK Series sold out very fast, the activity on the secondary market continues. Our newest WAX Explainer video covers the WAX Simple Market and how you can get your hands on some GPK cards. 

If you want to learn more about Simple Markets and its creators, the awesome CryptoLions, you should join the 6th WAX Meet Up organized by MaltaBlock and EOSphere.

Besides the Marketplaces and GPK packs opening videos, there are also some other tools and educational content for GPK users being created. On Niftycap you’ll find GPK NFTs sorted by market capitalization, and WaxSweden published a great article on how to securely manage GPK NFTs, because: not your keys, not your GPKs. 

While the WAX Cloud Wallet is a great entry point for new users, at some point or at a certain value, one should consider moving to a more secure option with full and sole control over the account keys. 

In other WAX news, we are very grateful and happy to report that in the OIG Report for the month of May EOS Nation made it to the #1 Spot. Thanks to the WAX OIG for their work of rating a total of 40 WAX Guilds.

Last but not least we want to make you aware of the WAX Labs Community Ideas campaign, which gives anyone the opportunity to pitch an idea that could be built on WAX. This goes out to all the visionaries and creative thinkers who are not creators or developers. Go on record to share your ideas so that you could potentially get connected to a team that can help you to realize your ideas.

Speaking of WAX Labs and NFTs, let’s take a look at AtomicAssets, the first project approved for funding by the WAX Labs Worker Proposal System (WPS) for the creation of the Atomic Assets Hub, a new promising standard and marketplace for NFTs. 

Two months ago the proposal submitted by the WAX Guild Pink.Network got approved and the team just gave an update on the progress they’ve made on their road to Atomic Assets 1.0.

During the 1st month, they mainly focussed on designing the most user-friendly user experience possible, so that all the functionalities of the Hub could be easily understood, even by users completely new to crypto and NFTs. AtomicAssets teamed up with Dallas Rushing, CEO and founder of Karma, for this.

The following month was mainly dedicated to the Market Contract, which comes with a couple of unique features:

  • Sellers keep ownership until the asset is sold

This means that you can list your assets for sale, and still continue to use it normally in dApps or use it for other trade offers.

  • Listing Assets with USD Prices

While payments for NFTs sold on AtomicAssets will be settled in crypto, prices will be set in USD to tackle potential confusion due to the price volatility of crypto. This is made possible by the delphioracle, providing a real-time price feed to calculate how much WAX needs to be spent.

  • RAM is paid by the dApps and not the users

Since NFTs use RAM on the blockchain, new users especially could run into unwanted difficulties. One of the core features of AtomicAssets is that dApps can pay for the RAM costs for their users and the same priorities apply for the Atomic Markets.

  • Anyone can integrate the AtomicMarket in their app with low base fees and customizable dApp fees.

The market API provided by pink.network can be used by other teams to build their own marketplaces, allowing them to earn the 2% fee taken from each sale. Fees by the seller can be customized individually. 

Here it should be said that all the various marketplaces using the AtomicMarkets contract automatically share the same liquidity pool.  

In total the team assessed a timeline of 3 months in their proposal, so we can expect the launch of the 1.0 version of the AtomicAssets Hub in a couple of weeks. 

We’re very excited about the launch of this first project funded by the WAX community. If you feel the same we suggest you join the AtomicAssets Telegram, because everyone that joins the channel before the product launch will receive a special asset.

Since the BOS IBC Hub was revealed, the BOSCore team is successfully engaging with the larger community on several occasions and published a great summary of their efforts to build EOSIO Multi Chain Communities. Participants from various chains and dApps came together to send their favourite tokens across chains to demonstrate how the IBC Hub works and share the joy of cutting edge technology. All these transactions were documented and analyzed in a detailed network activity report with some interesting pie charts.

If you didn’t have the chance to try your first cross-chain transaction yet, the BOSCore team published a step by step guide for you to follow. And as a little incentive to try it out, BOSCore started the “Content is King” challenge with a prize pool of 150,000 BOS tokens. All you need to do to participate is to write an article about your experience of using the BOS IBC Hub or chose another advanced feature of BOSCore such as the BOS 3s LIB or the EOS-EVM.

Read about all the details in the “Content is King” announcement article.

The Telos Network created an integration with the Steam gaming platform in Farm Game and an opportunity for competitive gaming managed by Telos Smart Contracts. All you need to create your own event is the Wombat Wallet chrome plugin and to follow the steps laid out in the tutorial video.

The first game available on Farm Game is the very popular multiplayer online battle game DOTA 2, which is played by half a million gamers from all around the world. 

After already integrating with the Unity Engine in the previous month via QUDO, Farm Game is the second integration of a mainstream gaming portal, clearly showing the ambitions of Telos in the Gaming Industry.

A second new participant of the Telos Network, this time not gaming related, is Transledger, an interactive platform that allows cryptocurrency to move between blockchains.

Transledger will be using the Telos blockchain to enable the fast and fee-less transactions we all love about EOSIO networks. The plan is to create Telos-based proxy tokens for networks like BTC or ETH, which then can be used as a medium of exchange on decentralized exchanges. 

Transledger CEO Didier Martin was quoted:

“Cryptocurrency users shouldn’t have to rely on a centralized exchange to trade their assets when we have the ability to create secure, peer-to-peer networks.”

As we just learned, the Wombat Wallet will be the go-to login for Farm Game, the new Steam integration on Telos. 

And since the recent announcement of EOS VC Finlab AG to support Wombat creator Spielworks with additional funding, there has been lots of other exposure and activity. For starters, the Spielworks flagship game Chain Clash was featured in Germany’s biggest news outlet, promoting EOSIO-based blockchain gaming to the mainstream. 

Additionally, Chain Clash was featured on EGamers

As a new member of the Blockchain Gaming Alliance, Spielworks presented their activities during the latest BGA meet up, along with the EOSIO projects Bountyblok, Azarus, and EOS Costa Rica. 

When it comes to the Wombat Wallet, we’re happy to see the well-curated dApp explorer growing. For the most recent addition, the Hexa Puzzle Duel, the Wombat team published some tips and tricks, so you can increase your chances to earn more tokens while playing. 

Just like Hexa Puzzle Duel, there are many other games on Wombat that feature play to earn mechanics. You can find a complete list of those with explanations in the recently published How to Earn EOS with Wombat article.

The EOSIO community welcomes the new decentralized exchange Alcor to the growing list of options for peer-to-peer trading. Alcor comes with the opportunity for projects to self list their tokens. And there are no trading fees for now. Any user can open a market for any token, without filing a listing request, waiting for approval or depending on a third party. Matching is fully on-chain and takes place in the RAM of the smart contract.

If you’re curious how this all works, the tutorial video by HODL EOS might be handy.

This week’s Hot Sauce is full of opportunities for you to earn tokens by writing, gaming, sharing ideas and testing various EOSIO based software solutions. Here we have another one.

The Equilibrium team worked hard on their newly launched DeFi Web Portal by adding features and designing it to be as intuitive as possible, with the goal to unlock the mystery of DeFi for the masses. Now it’s up to you, the end-user, to check it out and provide valuable feedback. To join the Equilibrium product testing team you simply need to fill out a Google Form

Equilibrium shared the following testing work scope:

  • QA test the functionality of broader scenarios involving test cases, i.e. create and connect a wallet, create EOS/BTC positions, etc.
  • QA test Equilibrium.io DeFi hub (web application)
  • Workflow testing

Doesn’t sound like rocket science, does it? 

And yeah, you’ll get paid for your efforts in NUT tokens, one of the highest-ranking EOSIO tokens by market cap not considering EOS itself.

The EOSIO based fitness app PUML is already available as an iOS application in the Apple App Store and keeps growing its user base with fun challenges and opportunities to earn crypto by staying fit. The live-streamed fitness workouts on the PUML website are another great initiative to introduce PUML and their fitness coaches.

We also want to congratulate PUML for receiving one of the 34 EOS VC Grants of $50,000 USD. 

BlockBase has announced a new distribution program that will reward the service providers (validators) who run the first BlockBase side chain. The BlockBase business model requires customers who want to run their own side chain to directly pay for the service providers that run them. A customer can customize the level of decentralization, security, and cost by adjusting the number of service providers on their network.

As a pilot project, BlockBase itself is going to be the first customer and is requesting 10-25 service providers to run a sidechain for a duration of 1 year. BlockBase intends to use this sidechain for proof-of-concepts and demos to potential clients. If you’re interested in potentially being a service provider, make sure to check out their latest announcement and reach out to them on Twitter or Telegram.

EOS Nation is a top Block Producer on the EOS public network. We earn inflation rewards based on the percentage of tokens staked towards us. Those rewards are reinvested into EOSIO community, tools, and infrastructure. Help grow the ecosystem by staking your vote to eosnationftw for BP or proxying to proxy4nation

Remember, we never accept compensation in exchange for featuring projects in the EOS Hot Sauce. That means if a project is included in the EOS Hot Sauce it’s because we believe that project brings value to the EOSIO ecosystem and we want our community to know about it!

Are you building an interesting project on EOSIO? We want to hear from you! Reach out to us on social media or email info@eosnation.io. 

Thank you for supporting EOS Nation and for reading this week’s edition of EOS Hot Sauce! Want more spicy updates? Check out some of our recent EOS Hot Sauce episodes!

Introducing WAX Detective

WAX Detective puts forensic data analysis for the WAX blockchain at your fingertips — and EOS Nation is proud to make it available to everyone.

Curious? Explore the WAX blockchain like never before, and visualize the journey of tokens between accounts. Whether you’re a token holder just snooping around, or an exchange investigating the relationships between hacked accounts, anyone can be their own Sherlock with WAX Detective.

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EOSwriter: 1T1V. A Thorny Subject with Yves La Rose

This week Yves La Rose, CEO of EOS Nation, sat down with Chaney Moore, Head Writer at Cryptowriter, for an in-depth interview about the thorny topic of 1-Token-1-Vote (1T1V) on the EOS mainnet. Chaney Moore did a great job writing this article and we hope that the community will appreciate the additional context behind our recently announced public support of 1T1V.

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