Answering all your DVT questions like "What is DVT?" and more!

What is DVT?

Distributed Validator Technology. In a traditional solo staking setup, if a single validator node goes offline due to technical issues or maintenance, it immediately stops performing its validator duties (attestations, block proposals, etc.). This can lead to missed rewards and penalties for the staker.

However, with Distributed Validator Technology (DVT), a group of stakers work together as a single unit. If one of the stakers within the group experiences node downtime, the remaining stakers in the group continue to perform the validator duties collectively. This ensures that the staking process remains uninterrupted, maintaining network stability and allowing the group to continue earning rewards while minimizing the risks associated with individual node failures.

Distributed validator technology (DVT) allows a solo staker with one machine to spread one validator out to multiple machines worldwide.

Groups can collectively pool financial and computational resources to run validators.

This distributed validation design has many advantages over solo stakers and professional node operators.

  • Security: By distributing the validation process among multiple nodes, it is much more difficult for a single entity to gain control of the network and manipulate it maliciously.

  • Decentralization: Distributing the validation process helps avoid central points of control, which is one of the leading value propositions of blockchain technology.

  • Fault Tolerance: A distributed network of validators can provide better failure resilience. If one node goes offline, the validator keeps working.

  • Regulatory resistance: If one geographical area stops operating, the validator will keep operating

  • Transparency and Trust: No single entity has complete control over validating transactions.

  • Client Diversity: Each machine can run different clients

A less discussed aspect is the 32ETH Bond can be dramatically changed thanks to DVT.

  • Solo stakers are single entities validating the network; in almost all cases, they must deposit 32ETH.

  • Staking Pools allow users to deposit any amount of ETH and use node operators to validate the network. Most node operators do not have to put in their collateral.

Staking pools do not use solo stakers because of security issues (one holder has the key) and potential performance issues if the node goes offline.

Some use cases:

  • DVT clusters could form and collectively deposit the 32ETH.

  • Four DVT users could form Rocketpool mini node by depositing 2ETH each.

  • DVT cluster could join larger staking pools by pairing with existing node operators to increase the decentralized nature of the pool.

What is the purpose of DVStakers?

To level the playing field of the Ethereum staking ecosystem.

Are you sponsored or paid by anyone?

Yes. DVStakers received a grant from the Ethereum Foundation in 2023. This money was used to fund content creation as well as the Kenya node project. More details about the EF grant will be shared when the Q3 2023 Allocation Update blog post is published.

Lido awarded DVStakers a grant of $25,000 USD to support the work we do and the content we create. The details of that grant can be seen here. This was a no-strings-attached grant and DVStakers remains in control of our content and views.

DVStakers thanks everyone who supports the project both with monetary contributions as well as time commitments πŸ™

Can I be involved in this project?

If you are interested in being part of the DVT revolution then please join us!

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