Justin Sun stepped down and Tron Foundation dissolved – What Next?

In the last days, there were a few headlines that resonated with the community.

  • “The Tron Foundation, the organization behind the TRON (TRX) cryptocurrency, announced that it will dissolve itself next summer, leaving the blockchain’s ecosystem completely in the hands of its community”
  • “Tron founder Justin Sun has revealed that he is stepping down from his position of CEO and will take up a job with the government of Grenada as its ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO)”
  • “The Tron Foundation’s three original nodes—”justinsuntron,” “BitTorrent,” and “µTorrent”—have withdrawn from the list of blockchain’s “super representatives” (essentially key players in the Tron’s governance system), leaving the network in the hands of 27 super representatives hosted entirely by the community.”

Official References:
1. https://tronfoundation.medium.com/justin-suns-open-letter-to-the-community-on-tron-s-decentralization-and-his-personal-journey-853990c3d978
2. https://twitter.com/justinsuntron/status/1471802392673161218

On reddit in the Tronix sub there were a few threads as well as discussions started (example) as of how to go forward like forming a SR, getting votes and being able to submit proposals. I did join them and tried to explain based on my experience how the last 2 and 1/2 Years played out. I am part of this since it all started and as you all know we’ve downsized starting November from 11 nodes to a single one, because of the lack of votes as it could not sustain the costs.

Not only that, but I did pay for TronLabsRO servers and yes, even if there is a risk of you believing I’m bragging, I am the one guy who used to own 1% of the nodes running on the tron main network. 2 Months ago, I decided to downsize as there was no point in paying for it, IF there is no break even in sight. You can read a detailed explanation here. The highest place the SR did ever climb was #56 and since then it only went down as voters vote for those who pay better, even if there is no project. I as a SR never achieved anything else, but at least I’ve tried. I am thou in the first 127, and I can go back to running nodes if the situation might change, but for now I’m just evaluating options.

I’ve also received questions like Why run a node?

Again, because of the love for this project. If you run a node, you will just help the network, there is no benefit nor gain, unless you are elected. IF you get elected, it will happen fast, and you will need to produce blocks. If you don’t, you will lose the associated block rewards and somehow sabotage the network because you can’t fulfill your duty.

There are also specific use cases in addition to the above like:

  • In case you develop or deploy dapps (games, gamble, etc) you will also need to use a dedicated node that is synced with the network and not overload a node that is run by someone else. This usually needs to be close to where your (d)app server is and be able to reply with low latency.

  • You can import the entire blockchain in a DB and then query specific transactions in case you want to offer data mining capabilities. This sort of access is a paid service. Jason from Community node had a project like this.

  • help other SR’s who had no nodes running when they got elected. I can deploy and get a node running (full sync) fast.

We have also seen FUD (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt) expressed by others who moved their coins from Tronscan. Relax, your coins are safe, they are in the network.

So far everybody blamed Justin for the lack of success. I’ve seen this over and over in the Tronix sub. Now he’s gone, so we either get to work and build on what we have as a community and the existing blockchain, or just roll over and die.

I’ll put my effort and shares on “Get to work and build” and I hope you do too. This is the only way to thrive and do good.

Infrastructure Downsizing

Dear friends and Tron enthusiasts. After evaluating the last year voting and rewards and our earnings as a SR Partner, I have taken the decision to downsize the server infrastructure that is allocated to the TRON network.

Starting with November 2021, I plan to reduce the number of active TRON nodes from 11 down to a single one. This is mainly done to keep the costs down. In case anyone is wondering how this happened, I am transparent and will share the details below.

Each tron Node consumes 16 CPUs, 32-64 GB of RAM and 2 TB of storage. While the datacenter has plenty of resources available as it was expanded at my own contribution, doing the math.. I provide ~176 vCPUs, ~416-704 GB of RAM and 22 TB of storage since we brought the nodes online in September 2019.

The initial plan was to help TRON, grow the network, bring awareness. The only thing we expected in return was other tron enthusiasts votes. I understand that 60% voting rewards is significant less than 80-100% as others are paying but we are not like others, this is how we operate as we have our costs.

In all this time the total earnings from the voting are in total sum of 1400 USD. (The full report can be found here).
This is a small drop in terms of returns, and I’m sad to admit that it is not enough for 1% of the network.

Our current voters are

Voters
Votes

Percentage

TVXkHyMWitcBseK6UCwPH3pfHX1sgBjCLh
138,178 82.908%
TXgbWCjqoM7QKSntXW9t1d9eoA3j9JUhCG
14,221 8.533%
TCEB1pg14dTmP3CG4NroHmrPg7PG2tSt5j
9,842 5.905%
TLV6x189E98jX75763SfTZS5EpNcv4o9Mv
3,000 1.80%
TJV5SHcLpMnNHSysoYigDqHFYbdrRYuZhq
1,000 0.60%
TC8HSbx8QXMQqNMwTCzwcYmxBAEiTyp6gC
200 0.12%
TB59xNQmLgP8GNdK8HSQpG647qa2dbNApN
200 0.12%
TTCa1Yr7Q2qsaaMSp8U78zHqzJxxLLyDMD
10 0.006%
TKsqoRbt8ywQpi1JBDFXVBeM87Az86hYj7
5 0.003%
TMHifEZDR61xZsittrgVbHaueXhGrWXEgC
5 0.003%
TYgotyWuRvowMefhE8VdNZXrVLrR2guk9S
3 0.002%

The first three accounts are with us for a long period of time. It’s worth mentioning that the second one is our own DAPP Fund that does accumulate our voting rewards. Kudos to everyone who is voting for us. We love you! You keep us going.

Going forward:
– The DAPP Fund will be used to pay for the expenses for the server colocation and expenses in the next few months. It was meant for developing new sites and services, and until now I was its main sponsor. It can very well be spent for datacenter expenses.
– We will keep just a single witness node running starting with November 2021.
– I remain open to any collaborations and projects. Feel free to reach out.

Thank you!
Dorian | TronLabs Romania

[Release] Java Tron GreatVoyage-v4.4.1(Protagoras)

The Java Tron GreatVoyage-v4.4.1(Protagoras) has been released today.

Note: This is a non-mandatory update.

GitHub link: https://github.com/tronprotocol/java-tron/releases/tag/GreatVoyage-v4.4.1

Changes

  • issues-4122 Solved the problem caused by database optimization. #4124
    Notes: Two solutions are proposed in this release, you can choose any one of them.

    • Restart the node with the latest configuration file. config file
    • Change the limits of the system file descriptor via unlimit -n -1 before the node startup.

There are two sides to every question.

— Protagoras

[Release] Java Tron GreatVoyage-v4.4.0 (Rousseau)

Java Tron GreatVoyage-v4.4.0 (Rousseau) has been released today.

Note: This is a forced update!

Link: https://github.com/tronprotocol/java-tron/releases/tag/GreatVoyage-v4.4.0

New Features

Core

  • TIP-289 Block broadcast logic optimization. #3986
  • TIP-290 Dynamic database query optimization. #3993
  • Transaction broadcast interface optimization. #4000
  • Database parameter optimization. #3992 #4018

TVM

  • TIP-272 Add a proposal to provide compatibility with Ethereum Virtual Machine. #4032
  • TIP-318 Add a proposal to be adapt to Ethereum London Release. #4032
  • The energy limit supports customization and the default value is increased in constant mode. #4032

API

  • Support ETH compatible JSON-RPC APIs excluding filter APIs. #4046
  • Support to disable specific APIs via the configuration file. #4045
  • Optimize the TriggerConstantContract API. #4032

Changes

  • Upgrade event plugin to support BTTC data. #4067
  • Increase the upper limit of the MaxFeeLimit network parameter. #4032
  • Optimize the quick deployment script start.sh see detail

 

The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.

— Rousseau

Server move / Planed maintenance

Monday the 7th of June 2021, all our server equipment will be moved by our provider to a new datacenter location. Please expect a downtime of 6-12 hours starting with 8 PM (GMT+2 Bucharest).

Switch in data center room

Infrastructure update

Wow.. 245 days have passed since the last big Maintenance work in the infrastructure. And more then 1 Year since the last upgrade.

Even if a high Uptime is considered good and the servers are present on the world map 24/7 it’s time for an infrastructure update. As the entire world is in isolation and i’m working from home I see an opportunity as I  have found the needed time to perform an overhaul of the servers.

The planned changes are:
Timeline 02-05 May 2020
– Upgrade the storage of each VM to 1 TB Disks. Right now each is using 3/4 of the allocated space and in order to grow without problems it would be good to provision it upfront.
– Update the Data center infrastructure by updating the software for hosts, the management, storage, performing driver and firmware updates, etc.

Timeline 29.05-02.06*
Hardware Upgrade –  Server Upgrade increasing capacity of compute and storage.

*) depending on the law and country restrictions

Bucharest Blockchain and DPoS is safe !

A few days ago I received the following message via e-mail from the Meetup Site.

save_meetup

Save Bucharest Blockchain and DPoS

The Meetup group that I’ve attended and got inspired to run for TRON SR was going to disappear in a couple of days, if no one would step up and save it.
Knowing that it might be an issue with the payment or just some glitch, I told myself to be patient and wait for a couple of days. I’ve waited until the 2nd of March at 10 PM. No renewal and no one else stepped up so I had to act.

Now our Meetup group is safe. I plan to continue what Crypto Girls have started and help our community to succeed. I plan for both in person meetings as well as for virtual ones.

Stay tuned for more.. good things are coming our way.

Java-tron node, new Odyssey-3.5 released

Yesterday (28.02.2019) a new release (v. 3.5) became available.
https://github.com/tronprotocol/java-tron/releases/

New features:

  • Multiple signatures support and different permissions support in account
  • The upper limit of energy can be adjusted automatically by the current state of the network
  • Develop a new mechanism to listen event message from a queue

Changes:

  • Solved the Compatibility Problem between Backup and DUP_WITNESS
  • Optimize duplicate check of transaction, Increase processing speed
  • Transfertoken function security improvement
  • ADDRESS and ORIGIN instruction security improvements
  • Improve the partial UNKNOWN execution results of the smart contract to a more detailed error type
  • Log optimization improvements
  • Http interface improvements

 

Important:
You will need to update the config.conf:
https://github.com/tronprotocol/tron-deployment/blob/master/main_net_config.conf

Please complete your upgrade to the new version before next Tuesday (March 05, 2019), otherwise it will affect the synchronization of the node !

Dapps/Project funding

Good morning fellow Tron enthusiasts !

As you know we have some exciting projects that we are working on and these need money. Historically speaking now with almost 174K votes we earn too less (12 TRX/day as total vote rewards) to fund the Dapp fund, so I thought how I can accelerate this a bit.

Screenshot from Tronstation

Vote rewards 18012019

Vote rewards 18.01.2019 (10:50 AM)

 

So how can we make the DAPP fund bigger ?

a) First contribution, of course, out of my own pocket.

The TronLabs Romania main SR account has 2000 Tron Power. This is because I’ve kept 2000 TRX frozen and have cast a vote for Cryptogirls till the end of year 2018. My first TRX that I ever received was 200 TRX (the bounty they promised) when I’ve attended their local meetup in Bucharest. When I later purchased my own in July, I’ve promised Irina that they will have 2000 Votes from me, till the end of the year. This promise I’ve kept till the 2nd of January 2019.

Since then, the same amount was used to vote for ourselves and according to what I’ve written above my plan is to pump this amount into the Dapp Fund as it’s first funding and to show that we are all in and need to lead by example. This is the HASH of the transfer. As details I’ve used “Project: TRLANY” (it can be used for any project).

b) though other contributions from fellow tron enthusiasts. If you wish to help, please donate into the Tron DAPP Development fundTXgbWCjqoM7QKSntXW9t1d9eoA3j9JUhCG and remember to add the Project ID Code into the Transaction Details so we can differentiate what it is for. Please check each Project page for more details.

Update 25.05.2020
Today all the voting rewards that were accumulated by the SR Candidate until now (5636 TRX) will be claimed and sent to the Tron DAPP Development fund. Let’s face it, there were no donations made by anyone, in the last 18 month and the money did not multiply a lot. The 2000 TRX made 65 TRX voting rewards in the same time frame of 18 months. The DAPP Funds needs more, as the projects need to be worked on and I will have to pump every cent.