Hypha Worker Co-op currently stewards the Cosmos Hub testnet program, which was established over the course of 2023 and now includes two live gaia testnets, multiple consumer chain testnets, and regular Testnet Wednesday launch/upgrade events. In the coming months, we intend to build out the testnet program’s capacity for chaos and stress testing with the introduction of Wargame Thursdays, which will put the network to the test with production grade security attacks and testing.
Over 2023, Interchain Security has become the core product offering on the Hub, yet its economics remain unsustainable for validators who provide the infrastructure required to support consumer chains.
Like all networks, the Replicated Security testnet depends on the quality of its validator set. As a testing platform for the Cosmos Hub, it especially depends on validators who bring their Hub mainnet infrastructure and skills to the testing environment for both rehearsals and stress testing. Chaos testing and wargaming, in particular, benefit from a robust and highly participatory testnet as we seek to emulate mainnet conditions and see how the Hub will fare under various attacks and tests that seek to exploit potential vulnerabilities.
As validators run a new node for each additional consumer chain, participation in testnets and even mainnet becomes more and more financially challenging, particularly for the lower portion of the active set.
As part of a 6 month pilot funded by a grant from the ATOM Accelerator DAO, Hypha is launching a testnet incentive program to encourage validators to create a production-grade testing environment on the Replicated Security testnet.
Beginning in Nov/Dec 2023, eligible validator operators can be compensated between with ATOM worth between $100 and $500 USD per monthlong period depending on their mainnet voting power. Our first period will be from November 22, 2023 to December 20, 2023.
This incentive program applies only to the Cosmos Hub Replicated Security testnet. It is not responsible for incentivizing other testnets, with the exception of consumer chain networks that are secured by the Cosmos Hub provider chain.
This pilot program is intended to fund work only for 6 months: November 2023 - April 2024. In this time, we expect the Hub team at Informal Systems to continue researching technical solutions to improve Interchain Security and make the technology more affordable for validators. Several potential solutions are already under discussion in the Cosmos Hub forum: Atomic IBC with Megablocks and Partial Set Security.
For a 6 month pilot period, the testnet incentive program is funded by a 50k USD grant from the ATOM Accelerator DAO, 90% of which will be paid directly to validators. The remaining 10% will cover administrative overhead for the validator members who are managing a multisig wallet and sending out monthly payments (listed below).
Individual validators will be incentivized according to their mainnet voting power.
- All validators will be eligible a baseline payment of $100 USD per month.
- Validators in the middle 33% by voting power will be eligible for an additional $200 USD for a total of $300 USD per month.
- Validators in the lowest 34% by voting power will be eligible for an additional $400 USD for a total of $500 USD per month.
Payments will be sent from a 2/3 multisig (cosmos1078gmgntta9qguve7c52dhxrs45xumjvcwrutd) of representatives from:
- Silk Nodes
Any unused funding will be returned to the AADAO wallet at the end of the funding period.
To be eligible to receive payment for a particular period, validators must meet the following criteria. Proof for mainnet must be submitted via this Google form.
We update our schedule with new Testnet Wednesday events and indicate which events will be part of which incentive period (roughly 1 month per period).
Our first period will be from November 22, 2023 to December 20, 2023.
|Mainnet||Be an active mainnet validator on the Cosmos Hub.||Mainnet validator must send a tx with a memo containing to cosmosvaloper address of their testnet validator and submit proof via Google form.|
|Mainnet||Validate all available consumer chains secured by the Cosmos Hub.||Hypha checks mainnet validators and blocks to confirm.|
|Testnet||Remain unjailed for the duration of the period on the provider chain.||Hypha testnet recorder reports jailing events.|
|Testnet||Sign the fifth block after every scheduled Testnet Wednesday event in the period (consumer chain launch, chain upgrade, chain re-launch, etc).||Hypha testnet recorder reports on block signing during and after events on Wednesdays.|
|Testnet||Run mainnet-grade infrastructure (nodes, sentries, etc) on all chains.||Disclosure from operators via Google form.|
Here are the joining instructions for the Replicated Security provider testnet.
Coordination for the testnet happens on the Cosmos Network Discord, #replicated-security-testnet channel. Join here and ask for the Replicated Security role.
Need more info? Get in touch with @lexaMichaelides on Telegram or Discord.