SuperNode, EarlyNode and Ecosystem Node programme start is delays to 31 March 2021
An issue has been found on monitoring tool as we prepared it for Mainnet
We want to give the network time to settle after the high fees and odd finality reporting, before adding a new service on top of it
People are rushing to build nodes and insufficient information/guides publicly available so there is a risk of errors and this calms the process down
Rewards for the first 2 weeks will be doubled, to include the first two weeks
Block rewards are unaffected and commence at 5,760
After the successful launch a few days ago, the network has been up and running nicely, albeit with some odd behaviour due to misconfiguration on the NGL nodes (no remedied) - I will do a separate post shortly on that to explain.
We have been watching the network, speaking to the core developers and reviewing the supernode monitoring programme to get ready to launch it, it has now been decided this will require a further 2 weeks to get operational.
That means we are now targeting 31st March 2021 to start it (further info closer to the time).
The reasons are three fold:
An issue with how the SuperNode monitoring controller and agent communicate has been found with each other, this was not found on Testnet or in security testing but found in the final validations for deployment. We have not enabled the controller as a result to remove impact.
We recommend disabling the agent container as well, and will do so in the next bootstrap release, with the controller offline and it being the only thing the agent will communicate with there should be very little issue with it running but we recommend stopping for the time being just in case.
The misconfiguration in Bootstrap of a couple of defaults, and therefore on our nodes, has caused the fees to spike. This configuration has been fixed on our nodes and the new defaults will come in a release of Bootstrap tomorrow for others. Many supernodes have already altered it themselves to counter the issue - which is healthy, the network decided to lower the fees basically
This has caused a lot of concern, both we and the core developers think it would be wise to let the fees come down and network to stabilise with the new settings before adding additional services to it immediately. Now that it is running and should be improving, this is a conservative approach to bringing services online
There has been a lack of reliable information on how to configure a node securely, manually etc. This has led to people rushing and asking a lot of questions, there is a risk that in this rush people either miss our or configure things in a rush which are insecure, unreliable etc. Therefore taking this decision allows a bit more calm in the deployment approach.
The network currently has plenty of nodes and is running well, we want to keep that as a priority
The rewards that would have been paid out in the first 2 weeks, will be added to the following two weeks - so it will be double rewards for the first two weeks
Block rewards will start at block 5,760 and are unaffected.
This is not an easy choice but it is the right one now we are live and need to do things calmly and in a considered way, it is also unanimous between the Core Developers and NGL Exec.