Epoch 238 – Happy New Year!

Statistics for Epoch 238

Estimated number of blocks (Adapools.org) : 4.7

Block Allocated : 1

Blocks Produced : 1

Luck* : 21%

Community-driven stake pools are producing 68% of all blocks we continue the decentralisation process, the remaining 32% produced by federated IOG nodes. Estimated date for complete decentralisation of the Cardano blockchain is March 2021.

Really tough epoch with the pool only being allocated a single block. For the first time we have run the leaderLogs script before an epoch commences to see what we can expect next epoch in regards to blocks allocated. This script developed by one of the pool operators determines which blocks you have been allocated for an epoch which can be really useful to know when you can do maintenance and when you should expect blocks so you can check immediately if you miss one to see if there was a problem. As this is the first time we have run it before an epoch (we normally run it just after an epoch starts) we are not 100% sure of the validity of the results but for the next epoch it said we will be allocated 7 blocks which will be very nice if this happens and should help make up a bit for the last lean epochs.

This epoch we have implemented a system to ban connections from pools who have not updated their software to the latest release as this was causing memory resources to be used and extra CPU cycles. This seems to be working and the memory utilisation is better after updating the relays.

Other than that we will keep this short and wish you all a Happy New Year and a happy and prosperous 2021. Thanks to all of you who have delegated to our pool in 2020 and we hope you continue your journey with us during the coming year.

* – Blocks are allocated randomly each epoch based upon total stake a pool has just like a lottery. Luck refers to how many blocks were allocated to a pool against the expected blocks that the pools should produce. Some epochs (5 day periods) you will be allocated more and some less but over time it should even out.