playlists / Staking & Validator Experience
Home staking, distributed validator technology, pooling, decentralization improvements, protocol design, and everything in between.
A Breakdown of Ethereum Supply Distribution Since Genesis
As Ethereum looks ahead to its transition to a fully to a proof-of-stake consensus protocol, the topic of Ethereum’s supply distribution matters more than ever to network stakeholders. This is because under PoS, the amount of ETH users control directly determines how much influence they can have over the network’s consensus building process and the amount of rewards they can earn from staking. This talk dives into how distributed ETH supply on Ethereum has become over the last 7 years.
Beyond Stake: Implementing Diversity Policies on PoS
We look at the challenges of implementing various diversity-improving policies on a PoS network. Economic (dis)incentivization is a popular approach, but can be undermined by non-standard miner economics such as (cross-domain) MEV or derivatives on incentivization. As an alternative, we outline an approach to include diversity support into the consensus level without requiring changing the basic functionality of the protocol by adapting the concept of general adversary structures.
Client Diversity Matters: Thinking Independently, Together
There is an ongoing conversation about the increased centralization of the Ethereum ecosystem following the migration to Proof of Stake. Clients deployed, nodes location, hosting services as well as liquid staking providers that have significant relevance that could potentially reduce the resilience of the network as a whole. We will dive into the state of the network post-merge and share specific actions related to how we can collaborate for a better outcome for the Network.
Can’t Someone Else Do It!? Shifting Behaviors in Ethereum Network Participation
Decentralization is touted to be at the core of the Ethereum ecosystem and community. Yet we continue to operate in a world of end users trained and programmed not to think about any of the infrastructure services they use, how they run, how secure they are, and how they are managed. The community continues to operate with the mantra of Web 2.0 where someone else can handle it. It is up to us to help shift user behaviors and mental models around what it takes to truly participate in the network.
Does it Make Sense to Aggregate and Average feeReceipent Rewards Using a Smoothing Pool?
This talk presents a statistical model and python code that can be used to model feeRecipient tips using a set of binomial, Gaussian, and Bayesian modeling techniques. We will explore if the ideal of pooling these fees, similar to how POW miners have been pooling their hash power, makes sense for Ethereum validators. We will present the results of modeling one such feeReceipent pooling contract to determine if such a model adds value to other validating Ethereum Node operators.
Everything a Solo Staker Should Know for the Next Phase of Ethereum
Solo stakers have a lot on their plate. Keeping up with every single change, how it will affect them and what steps they need to take to ensure their operation runs smoothly is a full time job! In this talk we are going to detail very clearly everything that they should be doing, everything that's coming, what tools and projects are coming to the rescue and what they are expected to do.
Formal Specification and Verification of the Distributed Validator Technology protocol
In this talk, we present our work on formally specifying and verifying the Distributed Validator Technology (DVT) protocol, using the verification-ready programming language Dafny, to ensure that the DVT protocol behaves as expected. You will learn how to read the formal specification, how to use it to write your own implementation of the protocol, what properties we have formally proven to be guaranteed by the protocol and what the future directions of the DVT protocol and our work are.
How to Design DVT While Ensuring Non-Correlation
The proof of stake Ethereum specs are designed to encourage decentralization by punishing centralization. In this session, we will discuss how to design Distributed Validator Technology in a way that minimizes correlation risk by using design choices across distributed key generation, middleware, networking topology, and versioning. We'll also describe why creating a trust-minimized, non-custodial, and non-correlated architecture is the most healthy way to enable multi-operator staking.
Collin Myers, Oisín Kyne
How to Build a Decentralized Ethereum Liquid Staking Protocol?
Liquid staked Ethereum is a reliable source of yield and is fast becoming a key primitive in DeFi. Come hear from Rocket Pool about their experience designing a decentralized Ethereum liquid staking protocol. How do you create a decentralized protocol for staking? What are some of the design trade offs in token design? What tools are available today? What challenges exist due to current L1 structures? What opportunities exist in future upgrades?
How to Run a Validator From Zero on Resource-Constrained and Low Powered Devices
Our main goal is to contribute to the network decentralization by making it easier and affordable for regular users to run nodes (and staking) on resource-constrained devices as well as helping to test the next major Ethereum upgrade (The Merge). In this workshop we will show from scratch how to install and set up an Ethereum validator node, from running the Execution Layer + Consensus Layer combo to creating the keys and setup for the validator in order to get it up and running.
"It's 10pm, do you know where your mnemonic is?"
Many stakers set up their validators nearly two years ago, and will soon need to revisit them to obtain the rewards they have earned since. This panel provides a refresher for what stakers did, and why they did it. It discusses protecting mnemonics and keys, and what can be done if they are misplaced or compromised. Bringing together experts on validating key creation, protection and use, this is a wide-ranging discussion that will be useful for all stakers and potential stakers.
Adrian Sutton, Oisín Kyne, Paul Hauner, Vasiliy Shapovalov
Launch Your Own Validator Node
taking someone through every step of provisioning their own nodes. Go from independent 1 server deployments to multi-server deployments in the workshop. Attendees will be able to spin up and manage their own nodes with easy to use open source software.
Like a Kindergeburtstag - Ethereum Node in under 3 minutes with Stereum
Stereum is a tool to manage the process of setting up & maintaining an Ethereum node for the user with a heavy focus on self sovereignty, privacy and flexibility. With Stereum you are capable of setting a node up in under 3 minutes. Around Bogota we hope to have finished our full release version (currently in beta - https://github.com/stereum-dev/ethereum-node/milestones?state=closed) and would like to talk about the development, the challenges and why a node is valuable infrastrucutre
[Panel] The Staking Economy: From Monolith to Modularity
The staking industry is on the verge of a new and exciting innovation cycle. The modularization of the staking tech stack, led by advances in middleware solutions such as Obol Network (Distributed Validator Technology), Flashbots (MEV Boost), Liquid Collective (liquid staking), and EigenLayer will create a new playing field for existing operators, product builders and solo stakers. This panel seeks to discuss these important developments and the new benefits and risks they bring to Ethereum.
Collin Myers, Sreeram Kannan, Viktor Bunin | Coinbase Cloud, Stephane Gosselin
Promoting Small and Independent Stakers: Q&A with the Ethereum Staking Protocols
The Node Operator Association presents a roundtable discussion on promoting small and independent professional stakers. Topics include operator qualifications, application processes, costs, risks, each platform's unique advantages, and their vision for the future of Ethereum staking. Panelists: Darren Langley (Rocket Pool) Vasiliy Shapovalov (Lido) Oisin Kyne (Obol) Jordan Sutcliffe (Stakewise) Ariel Zimroni (SSV Network)
Ken Smith, Oisín Kyne, Darren Langley, Mike Leach, Ariel Zimroni, Jordan Sutcliffe, Vasiliy Shapovalov
Run Your Own Beaconcha.in
In this workshop we will show participants how to setup and run the [beaconcha.in-explorer](https://beaconcha.in) for existing networks (mainnet, prater, sepolia) as well as for custom networks. Also we will explain how to analyze the network using the explorer and how to monitor validators. By doing this workshop we hope to learn about problems people are running into while trying to run the explorer on their own and improve the usabilty of the explorer in general.
Patrick Pfeiffer, Stefan Starflinger
Spin it up - spin up your own Ethereum validator on testnet
This workshop aims to be an essential introduction to Ethereum PoS consensus by inspecting its underlying infrastructure. We will first demystify concepts such as Execution + Consensus layer, PoS validation, Keys and Signatures, and Slashing. You will learn by watching when we demo how to spin up a validator using the Lighthouse validator client. You will learn by doing when we give you some time to spin up a validator yourself and experiment with the setup.
Jennifer Parak, Gabriella Sofia
The Future of Liquid Staking
Liquid staking is now a major factor is the staking economy and staking protocol design. I'm going to lay out how I think it's going to interact with future DeFi, protocol development, MEV, interchain communication, L2s and modular blockchains. How liquid staking protocols will have to change with the blockchain world, and how to make them to shape themselves better.
Under 2 Min - Become an Ethereum Staker and Set Up Node
We need more mainstream users to partake in Etheruem PoS activity, A brief talk showcasing stake tooling for Ethereum deposit contract that allows a normal user to safely stake 32 ETH and have his/her Ethereum Validator from 0, this includes generating credentials and processing deposit, another 60 seconds will allow them to have a node up and running using DVT techstack.
Validating Made Light and Simple
The network has seen an increase in staked Eth led by staking pools, liquid staking protocols, CEX and solo stakers. The complexity of running multiple clients (Execution, Consensus, Beacon and possibly MEV) means that validating is increasingly considered an organised activity for teams of specialists. Nimbus is pushing for simplification to ensure it remains accessible to individuals and institutions alike. In this talk, Nimbus presents its vision for the future of Ethereum client experience
Why and How to Run a Node! (No ETH Required)
The foundation of Ethereum is a resilient and decentralized network of nodes. You’ll learn how nodes defend the network, the easiest ways to run a node, about the upcoming upgrades to Ethereum which make it easier to run a node, and more.