Silk Nodes - Validator Profile

Hello there Cosmonauts,

Let us introduce ourselves….

We are Silk Nodes and you can find us here:

About Silk Nodes

1. Can you tell us a little bit about your validator – who are you and what makes you stand out from the others?

Here at Silk Nodes, our focus is primarily on building and operating secure infrastructure for blockchains and other decentralized networks to support and push forward those projects and chains, thus accelerating the adoption of decentralized technology.

We run our highly secure and reliable nodes for PoS protocols on enterprise-level hardware to ensure maximum security and efficiency

Also, along with our secure nodes we also additionally go the extra step and support a number of IBC enabled chains by running our Interchain relayers - by relaying IBC packets we are also contributing and ensuring the liveness of the Interchain network

2. How long has your validator been active on the Cosmos Hub?

Silk Nodes has been active on the Cosmos Hub since June 2022 but our team members are long-term true cosmonauts.

Silk Nodes first validator set was to support the Cosmos Hub as we believe it to be the #1 Proof of Stake blockchain

The Cosmos Hub is an Internet of Blockchains (a network of blockchains able to communicate with each other in a decentralized way) a network that requires a high-end node setup and a blockchain that matches our ethos here at Silk Nodes, and one we are delighted to support!

3. How do you engage with your delegators?

Our most active discussions and communications is via our Twitter account @silk_nodes

Our Discord server we will deep dive more on each of the dedicated channels for a more formal communication on a range of discussions - along with our community support channels

On our website you will find supporting literature, detailed ‘How-to videos and links to our nodes, and networks

Our aim and goal here at Silk Nodes is to constantly stay communicating and engaged with our delegators - so to promote a more inclusive atmosphere where we have clear lines of communication and connection- so we are all aligned in our vision for how best to keep the Cosmos Hub evolving and secure

4. How do you make governance decisions? What is your process for deciding how to vote on proposals, and how do you ensure that you keep delegators’ best interests in mind?

As a fully independent company, we have no external influences when it comes to governance participation.

We put an extremely high responsibility value on our delegator’s votes, and ALL views are considered when casting our validator vote(s)

5. How do you share your voting choices, and the thought process behind them, with your delegators?

Every week, we will share our governance participation decision(s) and the reasons why on our Twitter page, and invite further discussions on our Discord server channels

6. What are your hopes and goals for the Cosmos Hub?

We truly believe that the Cosmos Hub is now established as the router for all IBC enabled chains

This year alone has seen a massive increase in IBC enabled chains and with the imminent release of Interchain (shared) Security, we feel that the Cosmos Hub is at the cutting edge of a truly decentralized, governance lead validator set which will be even more easily accessible to new chains and projects than it already is today.

Here at Silk Nodes, we are extremely excited to be available to provide an easy on-ramp for these new projects to build on Cosmos by providing not only a secure, reliable validator infrastructure along with our Interchain relayers but also an inclusive engaging environment for our delegators

7. How can I delegate my ATOM to Silk Nodes?

We are greatly appreciative of your delegation

You can delegate to us here at the current commission rate of 1%

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We hear there’s a bare metal group @jacobgadikian - here’s what we are starting out with, growing our bare metal stack.

Best Server Specs reserved for our Validators:
2 x E5-2680V4 CPU
Total of 56 CPU threads running at 3.30 GHz max.

196 GB of ECC DDR4 Ram with a max capacity of 1.5 TB

SSD in raid configured for best IO performance.

Redundant Power Supplies, and hot-swappable if there is a power supply failure.

We are planning for big things for the cosmos ecosystem, and being able to pack a lot of hardware in a small amount of space to keep data center costs low…

We arrive at the data center with big plans, lots of hard drives

Now we have hardware for monitoring, snapshots, and backups, with an array of different hardware to support the infrastructure we plan to build. We keep on building and adding to our stack

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