Cephalopod Equipment Validator

Please tell us your validator moniker used for mainnet genTx and link to the github PR.

Cephalopod Equipment

Please describe the setup you are using for your validator? Include any relevant security information, processor speed, backups and sentry nodes etc…

We use a sentry node architecture with sentries located in the AWS cloud. They connect to the validator over a redundant VPN connection.

Our validator is located in a Tier 3 datacenter near Toronto, Canada. Some notable hardware features are RAID-1 storage, TPM encrypted hard drive, secure boot and redundant networking and power.

Signing is done using Tendermint KMS and a Yubikey hardware security module.
Our monitoring and alerting system checks for peer connectivity, height drift and missed blocks.
The operator address for the validator uses a multisig with 2-of-4 required for any transaction

Are you in some way trying to apply the high level application logic to create ecological credits. If so, please explain how.

Not at this time, but in the future as we ramp up our rust development team.

Are you working to engage a broader community? If so, please explain how.

Very active participants in the IBC / Cosmos community by bulding the Hermes IBC relayer in rust and participating in governance and testnets.

Engaging the Rust language community and trying to attract rust developers to the blockchain space. Sponsored RustConf2020 RustConf 2020 Sponsorship - YouTub

Informal Systems has been talking with many different cooperative organizations and research organizations exchanging knowledge on cooperative structures and promoting our version of a coop. Check Informal Organizations: Iterating on Cooperative Ownership for more information.
Mentioned in Disco report as a coop to watch (have been speaking with them for 6+ months on how to improve coop structure, share learnings, etc) https://twitter.com/informalinc/status/1349030346692714498

Actively engaged in the formal specification / Apalache users / TLA+ community in an effort to bring software reliability in the blockchain space. Of note is speaking at TLA+ community events 2020 - TLA+ Community Event :: TLA+ Community Event & Conference

Are you a professional validator? Please list your company name and include other chains you are validating for. Please include how long you have been in operation.

Informal Systems is validating on the Cosmos Hub. We have been active since genesis in 2019.

How did you perform during testnets and which testnets did you take part in? Please include the moniker(s) used. You can refer to your testnet results at https://regen.vitwit.com

Our role as lead validator in the Regen testnet was focused on helping the Regen community with technical advice rather than obtain results. As such, we forfeited all points awarded to us during the testnet.

Are you active within the community on discord/telegram and in the discourse forum? Please include your usernames for the relevant platforms.

We are active in the community discord. User name is "mircea | Informal Systems#7620"

Are you committed to actively voting on Regen proposals and contributing to governance?


Do you have website or other links which offer insight to you validation services? Please include any social media and website links.

Website: https://cephalopod.equipment/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CephalopodEquip

Please add a paragraph which will help the community decide to delegate to you. This may include any relevant information not listed above as to why you would like to be a Regen Network validator and why the community should choose to delegate to you.

Our organization understands the infrastructure and product needs of the builders in the blockchain ecosystem. We employ consistent monitoring practices to ensure availability and quick response time to critical incidents. Multi-tiered security best practices are followed so that staked assets are always protected.

All of the above is made possible by the team at Cephalopod Equipment which is comprised of a unique blend of creators of Tendermint / Cosmos SDK and 10+ years of enterprise infrastructure experience.