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Bison Trails announces support for Provenance


Provenance, the blockchain built specifically to support the traditional financial services industry, recently transitioned from a permissioned to a public blockchain. Part of the Tendermint ecosystem, Provenance uses modules to enable financial institutions to offer services via the blockchain, saving money and time.

Bison Trails announces support for Provenance

By Bison Trails · Jul 13 2021

Highlights

  • Provenance is a public proof of stake network built on the Tendermint Consensus Algorithm. Its goal is to support the traditional financial services industry with an expanding set of modules that execute complex business logic required by its institutional users.
  • Hash is the native token. Hash holders can choose to either operate validators on the chain or delegate to node’s operated by other token holders.
  • Node operators will earn rewards from the fees paid by the blockchain’s users.

Introduction to Provenance

Provenance is a public, permissionless proof of stake network built to support the traditional financial industry. The network has been seeded with specific use cases in mind, such as securitization, payment, and an alternative trading system, but can expand use cases indefinitely because of its modular design and smart contract capabilities.

Performing banking and financial services via a blockchain with smart contracts reduces costs and increases efficiencies. Capital can move quickly and technology can perform key tasks based on predetermined rules. Fees for both financial entities and their customers are therefore reduced, and deals can be completed in a significantly shorter period of time.

Provenance was originally designed as a permissioned chain. In order to increase adoption, and allow new participants to onboard independently, Provenance created and released a new public chain in June 2021. The new permissionless PoS chain is based on the Tendermint Consensus Algorithm. Bison Trails is supporting Provenance by providing secure validator infrastructure for those interested in participating in the network, and supporting the growth, security, and adoption of the chain.

Provenance is designed around three core concepts:

  1. Modules are used to execute the complex financial services business logic required by its users. Examples include the Provenance Account, Marker, Metadata, and Bank modules. Additional modules can be developed for other uses as needed.
  2. A smart contracting engine (ProvWASM) is used to develop and deploy contracts directly on the blockchain.
  3. A Client Contract Execution Environment (P8e) allows for the use of off-chain client-side agreements in conjunction with on-chain data and contracts. This setup enables participating financial institutions to use private data with a public blockchain.

“We’re excited to collaborate with Bison Trails, a leader in blockchain infrastructure, to provide infrastructure to Hash holders to run validator nodes on the network,” said June Ou, Executive Director at Provenance Blockchain Foundation.


How to Participate on Provenance

As a Tendermint chain, Provenance uses the PBFT proof of stake consensus mechanism in which validators in the active set are selected randomly to produce blocks. A validator’s stake weight determines how often it is selected to participate. For example, if a single validator has 10% of all staked Hash (Provenance’s native token) on it, it will produce 10% of all blocks (on average).

The Provenance active set is expected to start at 20 validators and increase over time. Tendermint chains can currently scale to a maximum of 125 validators, a number also expected to increase (up to 300) in the future.

There is no minimum Hash stake required to operate a validator. However, given the limited size of the active set, an operator will need to stake enough Hash to be larger than the smallest validator currently in the active set. There is no maximum stake on a validator so an operator need only run one node to optimize their participation.

Token holders can delegate their Hash to a validator at any time and re-delegate to another node without going through an unbonding period.


Rewards on Provenance

Token Name Hash
Initial Token Supply 100bn
Current Token Supply 30bn liquid
Expected inflation (pa) No inflation
Active set of validators 20

There is no inflation on Provenance. Nodes only earn transaction fees as rewards for participation on the network. Transaction fees are collected globally and distributed in proportion to stake, not based on the fees associated with the specific blocks produced by a validator.

Validators earn a validator fee on all the rewards earned by their node. This fee (called a commission rate on Provenance) is set by the node operator when configuring their node. The operator determines not only the initial fee, but also the maximum rate they can charge and the maximum change allowed per day. These details are provided to delegators so they can have complete transparency when selecting a node to delegate their Hash to.

Rewards do not compound automatically and instead must be withdrawn and restaked. Rewards are earned every block and their withdrawal is possible at any time.

Rewards are distributed to delegators pro rata net the validator fee that the operator charges for their services.

Two percent of all rewards go into the Community Pool which will be deployed based on the vote results of related governance proposals.


Risks of participation on Provenance

As with other Tendermint chains, Provenance enacts slashing for excessive downtime and double signing. Slashing punishments are applied proportionally to all tokens staked to the validator.

Behavior Type Criteria Punishment
Excessive downtime Missing more than 50% of 32000 blocks 1% of all Hash on the validator
Double signing Proposing more than one block at the same block height 5% of all Hash on the validator

A slashed node is immediately removed from the active set and placed in a “jailed” state. If the slash occurred due to excessive downtime, the node can perform an unjailing transaction to remove itself from the “jailed” state after a minimum cooling off period elapses. Nodes that double sign can not be unjailed.


Governance on Provenance

Governance on Provenance mirrors the process on most Tendermint chains. Anyone can use a small Hash deposit to submit a proposal for a vote by all staked Hash token holders. Both node operators and delegators can vote on the proposals, however, delegators inherit the votes of the validator to which they are staked. They must purposefully override the inherited vote if they differ in opinion from their node operator.


Why run a Provenance node?

As with all proof of stake networks, node operators help keep the network secure and functioning. Any party that uses the network extensively in provision of their business services has a distinct interest in providing that security themselves.

Beyond that, running a validator gives operators a loud voice in governance. Institutions that both use Provenance and operate nodes on it have an opportunity to participate in decisions around topics such as parameter updates, like transaction fees increases. Given they both pay transaction fees and earn them by running a node, participating in the network's decision making process is of significant importance.

We’re proud to support Provenance in its mission to transform the financial services industry for the better. The launch of Provenance to a public Tendermint blockchain opens the door for the growing adoption and new applications of blockchain technology in financial services. With our secure, reliable infrastructure, and strong experience with the Tendermint ecosystem, we make it easy for Hash holders to participate in this innovative new network.

Joe Lallouz Joe Lallouz, CEO


Why run Provenance nodes with Bison Trails?

Participate with confidence based on Bison Trails’ expertise and experience with Provenance and other Tendermint-based chains including Cosmos, Terra, Oasis, and Crypto.org. This knowledge allows us to manage your node reliably and securely.

  • Participate with industry-leading security, including offline-generated validator signing keys and HSM-supported secure backups
  • Protect your validator nodes from DDoS attacks with our unique node architecture and Equinix-metal infrastructure
  • Manage governance and participation with insights and guidance from our protocol specialists

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About Bison Trails


Pioneering Blockchain Infrastructure®

Bison Trails is a blockchain infrastructure platform-as-a-service (PaaS) company based in New York City. We built a platform for anyone who wants to participate in 23 new chains effortlessly.

We also make it easy for anyone building Web 3.0 applications to connect to blockchain data from 33 protocols with Query & Transact (QT). Our goal is for the entire blockchain ecosystem to flourish by providing robust infrastructure for the pioneers of tomorrow.

In January, 2021, we announced Bison Trails joined Coinbase to accelerate our mission to provide easy-to-use blockchain infrastructure, now as a standalone product line. The Bison Trails platform will continue to support our customers. With Coinbase’s backing, we will enhance our infrastructure platform and make it even easier to participate in decentralized networks and build applications that connect to blockchain data.


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