The Cosmos Ecosystem is based on Tendermint, that relies on a set of validators to secure the network. The role of validators is to run a full node and participate in consensus by broadcasting votes that contain cryptographic signatures signed by the validator's private key. Validators commit new blocks in the blockchain and receive revenue in exchange for their work. Validators must also participate in governance by voting on proposals. Validators are weighted according to their total stake.

Our validation set up consist of:

  • The typical set up for a chain that we validate cosist of : 2-of-3 multisig cluster running Horcrux connected to 3 sentry nodes.

  • The nodes are running in a mix of owned and rented bare-metal servers. Owned servers are located in a proprietary datacenter in US. The others are spead across EU in different locations and different datacenter providers in order to garantee the most redundancy as possible. (for more infomation contact us).

  • Monitoring tools are primarily Tenderduty and Prometheus.

Advantages of using an Horcrux cluster against more traditional methods:

  • Providing high availability for block signing by ensuring fault tolerance.

  • Securing validator private key by distributing it across multiple private signer nodes using threshold Ed25519 signatures.

  • Add security and availability without sacrificing block sign performance.

The followings are our criteria to select a chain to validate:

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