EOS Block Producer Candidate

Bitfinex
Code name: FROG
Frog
Vision
Bitfinex is pleased to present itself as an official EOS Block Producer candidate.
Founded in 2012, Bitfinex is a digital asset trading platform offering state-of-the-art services for digital currency traders and liquidity providers. Since our inception, our focus has been on identifying and advancing the capabilities of protocol-level technologies that meet the demands of a high-volume blockchain-based trading platform. both legal and technical, and we believe we can contribute significant value to the EOS community through sharing this.
The Bitfinex team is composed of 100+ industry experts, including a highly-versatile development team, technical support agents, legal experts and passionate industry advocates. Our underlying goal is to grow the open-source nature of the decentralised digital asset space, achieved through intensive community development, research and collaboration.
Our vision as a block producer is that of a collaborative incubator, combining the potential of EOS with our efforts to take EOS research, development and adoption to another level. Our team has gained invaluable industry experience along the way, and we aim to make use of this to enrich the teams around us - sharing information and providing guidance whenever possible.
Collaboration will be vital to the success of EOS and we look forward to collaborating with developers, innovators and block producers from around the world to advance EOS.
Company Information
Official BP Candidate Name
Bitfinex
Company Location
BVI
Server Location
Zurich, Switzerland
Server Type
Owned servers in an owned rack with strict, around-the-clock security
Technical Specifications
To proceed, Bitfinex will make use of 2 servers (1 for backup) with the following specifications:
  • HP DL360 Gen 10 server
  • x CPU Intel 8180M x 2 processor 28 cores and 56 threads per CPU (total 56 Cores and 112 threads)
  • x Memory 1.5tb DDR4-2666mhz
  • x Disc 8 x 800GB SAS 12GB in Raid 6 configuration
  • x Dual power supply 800 watt
  • x 10GB/25GB PCI fibre network card
  • x 24-7/4hr HP 365 Care Pack (for 3 years)
Our Cabinets are Video and Movement surveilled 24/7 with military grade access to the datacenter.
We estimate that each server will cost 45k USD for the hardware + 3k USD/month for cabinet and bandwidth.
Scaling
We will be able to add as many servers as required, adding flexibility whilst allowing us to scale in line with that of the EOS ecosystem.
Community Benefit Outline
EOSfinex
EOSfinex is a high-performance decentralised exchange platform built on EOS technology. EOSfinex will combine the scalability and potential of EOS with the financial/development expertise of the Bitfinex development team to deliver a highly-scalable, on-chain trading platform. EOSfinex has been designed with speed, transparency and scalability in mind and will be the first trustless exchange to be deployed on EOS. In addition to the development of a trustless exchange, we will also lead the development of a secure and intuitive EOS wallet.
Sunbeam - an experimental Node.js library
Bitfinex is currently finalising ‘SunBeam’ - an experimental Node.js library that allows for interaction with standard and custom EOS exchange contracts. Through offering basic order book and buy/sell functionality, SunBeam acts as the foundational library required for decentralised exchange on EOS. SunBeam will be entirely open-sourced and available to the EOS community, with the first release scheduled for mid-May.
Hackathons & Development Meetups
Bitfinex are excited to host a series of hackathons, developer meetups and open-source conventions to foster collaboration, innovation and research within EOS. We will be casting our focus on the practical development of EOS to facilitate and accelerate concrete adoption of EOS technology, on a global scale.
Education
We will we conducting a series of online/offline workshops to facilitate the adoption of EOS technology and development of a passionate EOS dev community. This includes educational materials, webinars, lectures, interactive development lessons and Q&As with key developers and thought-leaders.
Open-source Development
Bitfinex will pioneer open-source development of EOS technology with a focus on technical infrastructure, network security, scalability and decentralised governance.
EOS Incubator
Bitfinex will take on the role of incubator to fund, nurture and advise teams that are serious about the future of EOS and whose vision aligns with that of the greater community. Our primary goal here is to share from our legal and technical experience, accrued from years of pushing the boundaries of the digital asset space.
The Team
JL van der Velde
Chief Executive Officer
JL joined Bitfinex as CEO in 2013. A technologist at heart, his focus has been on developing a strict compliance system & collaborating with banking, regulatory & law enforcement to pioneer innovation within the space.
Giancarlo Devasini
Chief Financial Officer
Giancarlo is the serving CFO of Bitfinex. Giancarlo has, since 2012, been instrumental in the development of Bitfinex, establishing banking relationships, attracting key personnel & re-domiciling the exchange.
Paolo Ardoino
Chief Technology Officer
Paolo joined Bitfinex early 2015 and now serves as CTO, developing & managing core parts of the Bitfinex backend. Paolo has been building valuable tools & infrastructure for financial innovation for the past 15 years.
Kasper Rasmussen
Head Of Marketing
Kasper joined Bitfinex in early 2017 as Marketing Lead, with a focus on global community management and the development of proactive and engaged communication strategies.
Community