Hello to all blockchain communities! It’s time we updated you on the latest news about Komodo Platform!
The philosophy behind Komodo’s multi-chain architecture relies on four pillars: security, scalability, interoperability, adaptability. Komodo has the greatest advantage over most existing blockchains — a blockchain security solution to protect chains with Delayed Proof-of-Work (dPoW). Komodo’s dPoW is a second layer consensus mechanism. dPoW security protects every integrated blockchain with the power of the Bitcoin network. Approximately every half hour, a hash of the developers blockchain is notarized to Bitcoin. All transactions included in the hash are considered to have achieved finality. A series of cross-chain notarizations, carried out by Komodo’s Notary Node network, make leveraging Bitcoin’s hash rate possible. Komodo’s multi-chain architecture is unique and is surely suitable to become an important player in a great number of industries!
Let’s now focus on the latest news from the Komodo high-tech world!
Those who would like to run in the 2020 Notary Node Election must submit a proposal to announce their candidacy by 12:00 UTC on March 16. The elections start with the airdrop of the Vote2020 tokens and end on April 6th. The Komodo Core update is planned for April 13th and the hardfork activation for May 31st, 2020. The top 30 NNs will be auto-elected and announced on March 15th. 30 Notary Node spots are available in the 2020 election. The Komodo Notary Node Elections are stake weighted, meaning that those who hold more KMD have more voting power in the election. More detailed information on the upcoming election can be found in the report.
You’ll also be interested to learn about DEXP2P tech for P2P file sharing. DEXP2P works as a real time decentralised P2P orderbook. Millions of orders can be displayed without clogging down the P2P network. It’s a great solution for AtomicDEX orderbook and it opens up new possibilities including live streaming of videos or any other files.
Last but not least! AMA for Komodo platform was held on Binance channel. The guest speakers from the Komodo team were: Kadan Stadelmann, CTO, Audo Kowitz, Marketing Manager, Daniel Pigeon, Content Lead, Torsten Sandor, Technical Marketing Manager, and Charles Gonzalez, Business Developer.
More news to follow!
Developer activity (from Coinlib.io):
DEXP2P works as a real time decentralised p2p orderbook and millions of orders can be displayed without clogging down the p2p network. It’s a great solution for atomicDEX orderbook, it opens up great possibilities. One of them is live streaming of videos or any other files.
Go to Komodo discord to join the latest discussions about the platform’s development
How Komodo is different from Ethereum?
Komodo’s Technical Marketing Manager, Torsten Sándor, has created a video about the differences in the architecture of the 2 platforms: Komodo and Ethereum. He explains it using a very a simple analogy, highlighting the fact that Komodo is multi-chain whereas Ethereum is single-chain. Projects on Komodo’s platform are built on their own chains. Komodo doesn’t need gas, this means you don’t have to pay fees to use the Platform.
Visit Komodo’s new Community Portal to watch the whole video! Follow the link here
Those who haven’t checked out Komodo’s 2019 Annual Report, summarizing all of the milestones and progress made throughout the year, please read a brief recap of last year’s major developments here.
Komodo’s Fourth Annual Notary Node Election
Those who would like to run in the 2020 Notary Node Election must submit a proposal to announce their candidacy by 12:00 UTC on March 16. The Komodo team would like to encourage everyone who is interested to run.
The elections start on March 16th with the airdrop of the Vote2020 tokens and end on April 6th. The Komodo Core update is planned for April 13th and the hardfork activation for May 31st, 2020.
The top 30 NNs who will be auto-elected will be announced on March 15th. 30 Notary Node spots are available in the 2020 election. Starting with season 4 the automatic re-elections are reduced to 3 spots per region.
There are a total of 64 nodes in Komodo’s Notary Node network. There are four Notary Node regions: Europe (EU), Asia-Russia (AR), North America (NA), and the Southern Hemisphere (SH). Each region contains at least 13 notary nodes, boosting the physical distribution and security of Komodo’s Notary Node network. In 2020, each region will have an even 15 Notary Nodes.
Those running for election must declare in which region they intend to operate their Notary Node. If anyone is discovered to be running a node in a region other than the one for which they were elected, this operator will be immediately disqualified and the NN spot gets assigned to the next candidate in the election result list. This keeps things fair, as different geographic locations offer Internet connections at varying costs and speeds.
Candidates may choose to run for one seat in one of the four regions. That means that, at the most, any individual candidate can seek 1 Notary Node position in their first election participation.
If that candidate proves his reliability and ability to operate a NN by making it to the top 3 rankings for his region at the end of the season, he is able to apply for up to two additional NN spots in different regions for the next elections. Three is the maximum number of spots that any one candidate is permitted to seek.
Important dates for Season 4:
- KMD snapshot: March 13th, 2020
- Autoelection announcement: March 15th — cutoff time: March 15th 2020, 12pm UTC
- Proposal deadline: March 16th 2020, 12pm UTC
- Vote2020 airdrop: March 16th, 2020
- Season 4 Election start: March 16th 2020, 12pm UTC
- Season 4 Election end: April 6th 2020, 12pm UTC
- Public Komodo update announcement: April 13th, 2020
- dPoW season 4 start: May 31st, 2020
Every year, the Komodo community elects a new cohort of Notary Node operators. The first Notary Node Election was in January 2017 and the previous annual Notary Node Election took place in April 2019.
Notary Nodes perform cross-chain notarizations to provide security, scaling, and interoperability features. Cross-chain notarizations are transactions that store a small piece of crucial blockchain data from one blockchain on the ledger of different blockchain.
Notarizations are required for Delayed Proof of Work (dPoW) security, which recycles the hash rate of the Bitcoin network to secure third-party blockchains, as well as Platform Synchronizations, a technology that makes scaling and interoperability features available to all Smart Chain projects.
The Voting Process
The Komodo Notary Node Elections are stake weighted, meaning that those who hold more KMD have more voting power in the election. The process works as follows.
A special voting token will be airdropped to KMD holders at a 1:1 ratio. If you have 1000 KMD, you will receive 1000 voting tokens. The current supply of KMD is around 120 Million, so roughly 120 Million voting tokens will be airdropped to the Komodo community.
It’s important to note that you must hold your private keys in order to receive these tokens. If you hold your KMD on a centralized exchange, then you do not hold your private keys and you will not receive any tokens. If you’re a KMD holder and you wish to participate in the election, now is time to withdraw your coins into a private wallet.
All candidates will publicly post an address in which they can receive voting tokens. Once you’ve received them, you may cast your ballot by sending them to the candidate(s) of your choice. The only rule for voting is that the sale of voting tokens is strictly prohibited. Anyone caught buying or selling them will be disqualified from participating in the election. Apart from that, community members may vote for any candidates in any region.
How To Run For A Notary Node Operator Position
Anyone with the required hardware and knowledge can run in the Notary Node Election. Candidates don’t need to own a single KMD coin to become a Notary Node Operator. In fact, candidates don’t need to be a current member of the Komodo community or know anything at all about the inner workings of Komodo’s technology.
The technical requirements:
- OS: Linux is mandatory. Ubuntu 18.x or Debian 10.x recommended.
- CPU: A High-Performance CPU, e.g. Xeon, i7/i9, Ryzen, EPYC, etc.
- RAM: 64GB or more
- Disk: 1TB SSD or greater
- Bandwidth: 100Mbps or higher
The hardware requirements for the 3P NN server are as follows:
- OS: Ubuntu 18.x or Debian 10.x is recommended.
- CPU: A High-Performance CPU (e.g. Xeon, i7/i9, Ryzen, EPYC, etc.)
- RAM: 32 GB or more
- Disk: 500 GB SSD or greater
- Bandwidth: 100 Mbps or higher
In order to run in the Notary Node Election, candidates must submit a written proposal to the Notary Node repository on Github. Proposals can contain, among other things, a brief bio, motivations for running in the election, and planned contributions to the Komodo ecosystem.
At a minimum, a candidate’s proposal must state which region they are running in and post an address to which KMD community members can send voting tokens. Candidates may choose to run for one seat in one of the four regions. That means that, at most, an individual candidate can seek 1 Notary Node position in their first election participation.
For more information about running in the election, please see this guide to setting up a Notary Node. This guide will explain how to setup your Main Server, then go through the process of setting up the 3rd Party Server separately. After that there are instructions on how to create your Notary Node pubkeys, import them to your servers and then, create a basic start script for each server. Having a second server (or VM) is now a requirement for Komodo Notary Nodes. There are ways to have a single server and then creating separate virtual machines on it, instead of having two separate servers. This guide won’t touch on how to do that. Join the #notarynode channel on the Komodo Discord Server if you face any problems.
You’re also encouraged to read the Notary Node Bible, which contains more information about the duties and responsibilities of a Notary Node Operator.
If you’re interested in becoming a candidate in the Notary Node Election, please join Komodo’s Community Portal to connect with the team and other community members.
Delayed Proof of Work
Komodo’s delayed Proof of Work (dPoW) security is a secondary consensus mechanism that recycles the giant hash rate of the Bitcoin network through a series of cross-chain notarizations.
A Second-Layer Consensus Mechanism
Delayed Proof of Work (dPoW) does not act as a blockchain’s primary consensus mechanism. Every dPoW-protected blockchain’s decentralized network still validates each transaction.
dPoW security protects every integrated blockchain with the power of the Bitcoin network. A series of cross-chain notarizations make leveraging Bitcoin’s hash rate possible.
These cross-chain notarizations are carried out by Komodo’s Notary Node network. Notary Nodes are dedicated servers that perform notarization transactions for the Komodo ecosystem.
dPoW is a second-layer mechanism that provides an extremely high level of security in addition to a blockchain’s normal consensus rules. It is available to both PoW and PoS blockchains.
dPoW Security in 7 Steps
The dPoW process is rather straightforward. While it provides an incredibly high level of security, dPoW is an elegant and simple security solution that can be explained in 7 steps.
- Choosing a block to notarize
The Notary Node propose a particular block to notarize from a dPoW-protected blockchain onto the KMD chain.
That dPoW-protected chain’s network then comes to consensus on the fact that the block is valid and ready for notarization.
2. Choosing which Notary Nodes will notarize
Next, the Notary Nodes must come to consensus on which nodes will participate in the notarization.
Each notarization transaction is 13-of-64 multi-signature transaction, with the 13 signature- transaction, with the 13 signature-providing nodes chosen randomly before each notarization transaction.
3. Notarizing to the KMD Blockchain
Once the notary Node network has reached consensus on which 13 nodes will participate in the notarization, they make a transaction on the KMD blockchain.
Using the OP_RETURN command, this notarization transaction saves the block hash of the block choses in Step 1 onto the KMD ledger.
4. Notarizing to the BTC Blockchain
Now, the Komodo network comes to consensus on which block will be notarized to the Bitcoin blockchain.
Using the same procedure as Step 3, the Notary Nodes execute a transaction on the Bitcoin chain, thus saving a KMD block hash onto the BTC ledger.
5. Back Notarization to KMD Network
After the Bitcoin network has confirmed the notarization transaction in step 4, the Notary Nodes broadcast the info to the KMD network.
This provides complete immutability to the notarized block and all blocks that preceded it. The network will not accept a re-org that moves or alters a notarized block.
6. Back notarization to each dPoW protected chain
The Notary Nodes also announce to the networks of each dPoW-protected chain that a notarization has been completed.
Just as in Step5, once a dPoW-protected chain’s network learns that the block has been notarized, that block and all blocks that came before it become immutable.
7. Repeat the entire dPoW process
Komodo’s Notary Node network repeats the entire dPoW roughly every ten minutes. This provides BTC-level security around the clock to all dPoW-protected blockchains.
Even if an attacker gains control of a network, they cannot re-organize any blocks that have been notarized. Since notarizations occur every 10 minutes, 51% attacks are both infeasible and unprofitable.
Binance AMA Series KOMODO
AMA ( Ask Me Anything ) for Komodo platform was held on Binance channel
The guest speakers from the Komodo team:
Kadan Stadelmann, CTO, @cryptoanarc333 ( ca333 )
Audo Kowitz, Marketing Manager, @AudoKowitz ( Audo Kowitz )
Daniel Pigeon, Content Lead, @daniel_komodo ( Daniel CP )
Torsten Sandor, Technical Marketing Manager, @torsten1 ( TS )
Charles Gonzalez, Business Developer(@ptyx11) ( PTYX )
Partnerships and team members
MintFlint airdrops to all KMD holders
Start date for Komodo’s IOS holders was 28th February 2020
In order to receive your Flint tokens, you must hold your Komodo on Binance or Bittrex.
1 Komodo = 1 Flint
The platform allows traders to subscribe to other traders and get instant buy/sell signals. Traders can also challenge each other based on portfolio performance.
MintFlint leverages airdrops to release Flint tokens into public circulation. If you currently do not have an IOS device, wait until MintFlint is launched on Android.
Komodo Blockchain Training in Panama
At the moment The ChainZilla team are in Panama to hold negotiations with The Data Science Institute. The team are now developing a new blockchain model based on Komodo technology for the institute. The model can be used for educational purposes to teach enterprise in companies to employees. The dates for the training haven’t been announced yet. The detailed information will soon appear on the official channels.
Earlier this year ChainZilla partnered with Panama’s Government Innovation Agency (AIG), a government-backed entity to jointly launch a training program for developers and government officials on the Komodo blockchain.
In late August 2019, the Panamanian government announced its plan to implement a blockchain-based bidding platform for government contracts. This move will increase traceability and transparency for government projects and spending.
On January 22 and 23 they trained 40 government officials on blockchain-based solutions for real-world applications. The first phase of the training program was a success and a second phase will be rolled out in the second quarter of 2020.
Komodo is constantly working on training resources and marketing initiatives that improve awareness of the ecosystem.
Don’t miss a splendid opportunity to become a member of Komodo’s progressive team!
Follow updates on the official site of the Komodo Platform
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The Einsteinium blockchain is secured by Komodo’s Delayed Proof-of-Work security service.
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GameCredits is secured by Komodo’s Delayed Proof-of-Work security service.