P2P.org Joins SSV Network as Mainnet Verified Operator: Enhancing Ethereum Staking with DVT

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P2P.org, are excited to reveal our latest collaboration as a validator - stepping into the influential role of Mainnet Verified Operator for the SSV Limited Mainnet Launch. This significant stride enables us to directly contribute to the implementation of Distributed Validator Technology (DVT) and bolster Ethereum's decentralized staking landscape.

P2P.org as SSV Network Mainnet Verified Operator

P2P.org’s involvement in SSV network as a Mainnet Verified Operator (MVO) isn't just a mere participation; it's an active contribution to shaping the future of decentralized validation inline with our vision for a more decentralized future for all.

Currently, the SSV Network is in a limited launch, where only verified operators are contributing to the launch, and stakes originate from the SSV core team. This phase ensures that the system undergoes rigorous testing and refinement, laying the foundation for a more extensive and inclusive public launch.

The public launch is set for an early Q4 launch, but several crucial steps must be completed to ensure that the SSV Network is ready for widespread use such as the essential process of bringing validators onto the network. This step is pivotal in building the network's strength and readiness for public participation. After that, P2P.org will analyse the performance within the network to see where improvements can be made as a validator. Our relentless focus on excellence during this period sets us apart and will play a key role in defining our contribution to the SSV Network.

As a MVO, P2P.org & SSV Network are set to redefine Ethereum staking with the integration of DVT into the P2P.org platform. This integration propels our value proposition to institutional investors, framing us as the go-to platform for a diverse suite of staking services.

Ethereum staking, historically, has posed a daunting challenge to those wanting to set up  validator infrastructure, due to its necessity for niche knowledge and extensive time commitment to manage validators. Consequently, many stakers prefer to delegate the staking process to infrastructure providers like us. While this approach has proved fruitful on other networks, Ethereum's staking process continues to be intricate. DVT strives to resolve these intricacies, instilling trust and bolstering security by decentralizing validator responsibilities and key management duties among multiple operators.

P2P.org's status as a Mainnet Verified Operator with SSV Network is due to several key assessment criteria, notably, operations experience such as being active for over 90 days in testnet, above average performance, client diversity and runs nodes on other chanis. P2P.org meets this criteria and our experience has been reinforced by our successful testing on the Jato v1 testnet, and subsequently, the Jato v2. The latter serves as the current testnet and the last pitstop before the mainnet. Our readiness for the mainnet launch, in terms of infrastructure and operator performance, is impeccable. Our performance statistics reflect our standing as one of the top performers among SSV operators, as seen here: https://goerli.explorer.ssv.network/operators/30.

As we prepare for the mainnet launch, we're eagerly looking forward to the integration of Maximum Extractable Value (MEV) by the SSV team. This is the final piece of the puzzle that will complete our DVT offering and boost its functionality. The integration of MEV will ensure optimal staking performance and profitability, cementing our position as a frontrunner in the DVT revolution.

Our progress and readiness underscore our commitment to providing innovative staking solutions, promising a smooth transition into the new era of decentralized staking.

DVT and the Future of Decentralization

DVT enhances Ethereum's security and optimizes staking operations. The architecture of Ethereum's staking requires each validator node to lock 32 ETH as collateral to earn rewards. The node's collateral can be slashed as a penalty for unethical behaviors such as transaction manipulation. However, slashing is typically due to operational risks including poor key management or failing to sign transactions. DVT mitigates these risks by improving validator redundancy.

The trustlessness of the staking process, an essential feature of blockchain technology, is also enhanced by DVT. Although the traditional outsourcing of staking to infrastructure providers is non-custodial, there is still an inherent level of trust required. DVT reduces this need for trust by distributing key management duties and validator responsibilities.

For investors beginning with ETH staking, the limited diversification in terms of setup and providers can be discouraging. DVT addresses this concern by enabling clients to diversify their staking provider portfolio, thus reducing operational risks.

P2P.org's Core Values as a Mainnet Verified Operator

As a Mainnet Verified Operator, we pledge to uphold our core values, summarized by the acronym STATS:

Security: We prioritize the protection of your staked assets and personal data. Our non-custodial staking capabilities and secure infrastructure ensure maximum security and performance.

Transparency: We commit to maintaining transparency in our actions and governance decisions. We share all pertinent financial and project-related data with our community.

Asset Rewards: We aim to maximize value and high returns for our clients by leveraging our industry expertise to support successful networks and execute smart governance.

Technology: We pride ourselves on our comprehensive knowledge of supported staking networks and our high-performing staking infrastructure, which boasts an average network uptime of over 99%.

Smart Governance: We firmly believe in decentralization and the potential of blockchain to form the digital world's foundation. We represent your interests within each network when you're unable to do so.

By embracing the role of Mainnet Verified Operator and leveraging DVT's benefits, we look forward to fostering a more secure, efficient, and decentralized Ethereum staking ecosystem. As we embark on this journey, we thank you for your continued trust and support. Join us as we chart the path to a more robust and resilient staking experience for Ethereum.

What does this mean for the future of staking?

ETH staking inherently involves risks associated with dependence on a single provider. While the provider performs staking operations, the staker can face significant operational risks, as well as slashing penalties inherent in the Ethereum network's staking mechanism. At P2P.org, we have always strived to minimize these risks with slashing protection that offers maximum staking coverage, and now with DVT, we can extend this protection further to our clients.

Our protective measures include an 80% slashing coverage as default and an option for a 100% slashing coverage. For clients staked with 320+ ETH, we ensure coverage of slashed amounts from our fund limited by 12 months of P2P-related service fee, in the unfortunate event of a slashing occurrence. Our insurance covers 80% of slashing incidents with a higher limit of $3.5M, while a premium plan provides 100% coverage with no limits. To date, we have a record of zero slashing events and offer five technical levels of slashing protection along with customized slashing coverage options.

DVT offers an innovative approach to tackle these risks by enabling users to diversify their staking provider portfolio. This strategy dramatically reduces the impact of downtime or failures associated with a single provider, making DVT a compelling proposition for institutional adoption of ETH staking.

From a security standpoint, DVT reimagines staking by partitioning the staking private key, storing different segments with various providers, thus thwarting unauthorized access. It also mitigates the risk of validator mismanagement leading to slashing penalties and loss of staked ETH. It achieves this by distributing the duties of a single validator amongst a network of nodes that must reach consensus before signing any message, significantly improving validator redundancy and slashing protection.

While operating ETH staking validators, achieving a balance between performance and security often poses a challenge. Slashing penalties are a constant threat, while compromised keys pose significant security risks. DVT addresses these concerns by enhancing resilience against failures, attacks, and operational risks, effectively optimizing both performance and security.

Furthermore, DVT's influence on staking Annual Percentage Rate (APR) is encouraging. Early tests suggest that DVT setups can match the validator effectiveness of traditional setups, with the prospect of even further improvements on the horizon. DVT setups with SSV and Obol have demonstrated reliable and accurate attestations, underscoring the effectiveness and potential of DVT.

In conclusion, DVT is an influential tool in transforming the staking process, reducing risk, and enhancing performance and security. As we continue to advocate for and adopt DVT, we invite you to join us on this thrilling journey towards a new era of decentralized staking.

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