The Solana Foundation has been thinking a lot about censorship resistance and decentralization lately. Specifically, how we can increase the validator “Nakamoto Coefficient” i.e. how can we increase censorship resistance and security of the network by increasing the minimum number of distinct nodes that hold stake adding up to 33%.
Visually - how can we move the banner on solanabeach down the list as far as possible (for a moment setting aside the obvious improvement that will come when we remove our Boot Nodes)?
Keep in mind that comparable PoS networks seem to all fall < 10 nodes to get to 33% (Cosmos ~ 5, Tezos ~ 7, EOS ~ 8). Due to Solana’s data propagation design and PoH, we believe that we can go much higher without significantly impacting performance - so let’s do it.
If we’re not here to focus on censorship resistance, what are we here for? I think we have a unique opportunity to build the most secure PoS network and we’re looking for your help.
We’re looking for ideas, partners, grantees, etc. to help us expand the network in a censorship resistant way.
Here are some of the avenues we are currently exploring and would love collaboration on:
- Foundation token delegation strategy
- How can we design the delegation strategy to maximize the number of block producing nodes?
- Tools to facilitate broad delegation distribution from token holders
- Stake-o-matic competitions
- Validators running their own stake-o-matics
- 100% slashing
Long term goal! Previously discussed here
- We believe that 100% slashing for 100% malicious acts encourages delegation diversification leading to a stronger network
- Long term goal! Previously discussed here
- Quadratic delegations
- Each unit of delegation costs twice as much as the previous unit
- Variable rewards or novel inflation distribution
- I.e. economic design innovations
If you have any thoughts, ideas, examples we’d love to hear them. A discussion here would be great and also feel free to reach out directly. We have a number of grants available in this area and we’re looking for partners in this work!