Chainflow operates infrastructure on many blockchain networks. Chris Remus founded Chainflow. He has over 20+ years of mission critical telecom and IT infrastructure experience.
Chainflow believes strongly in the Zcash mission and has followed the project for many years. As a smaller, independent and bootstrapped operation, we don't have the resources to run miners.
We've been looking for other ways to support the Zcash community by deploying infrastructure and are feeling excited to present this proposal to the Zcash community.
If this PoC project is successful, we would apply for a larger, longer-term grant to continue running these nodes.
This grant would directly support one of the Zcash Foundation's stated 2020 infrastructure goals-
It also fits within the framework of what the ZOMG funds -
To we will complete these tasks to meet the project's goals -
One execution risk is that nobody chooses to use the infrastructure. To mitigate this risk, we can work together with the lighwalletd developer and Zcash Foundation to encourage use and adoption within the Zcash community.
Another risk is related to faults and crashes inherent to Go based services experienced by the team developing lightwalletd. To mitigate this risk, we will stay updated with the Nighthawk team's efforts to build a fault-tolerant version of lightwalletd hosting, as well as develop our own strategy, informed by the experience we gain along the way.
The main downside we see to this project is that it could be viewed by some as a centralization vector if, for example, we end up running the majority of light nodes. To counter this potential centralization vector we could, under a separate grant application, develop automation packages to make the deployment of light node infrastructure easier. This could then further incentivize more operators to run Zcash light nodes.
This project will be deemed successful when -
(Note: Uptime can be measured in many ways. Our goal is to jointly define and agree to a meaningful uptime goal and measurement definition/method.)
Setup nodes, monitoring, alerting and backups - $3000
Three months of maintenance - $3600
Documentation development and maintenance - $1500
Three months of support - $3600
Three months of infrastructure for two nodes - $1440
Three month total - $13140