TIP-035 T grants for tBTC v2 bootstrap node providers
Sept 2022 · Vict0r
Proposal for establishing Threshold grants for tBTC v2 bootstrap node providers. Bootstrap nodes are essentially gateways to the tBTC network. They are NOT the same as other Threshold nodes, including nodes acting as signers for tBTC. Bootstrap nodes must be deployed on enterprise-grade hardware and require considerable resources and high technical competence to ensure 99.99% availability. Further, their bonded stakes are *not* inflation protected as bootstrap nodes do not participate in rewards because they cannot be exposed to slashing risk. Four providers have been identified that are willing to provide long-term support to Threshold (4 years). This proposal establishes a grant of $18,750/month for each provider.
Bootstrap nodes are critical building blocks of infrastructure for the Threshold Network’s tBTC application and are very different from regular nodes. Their operator addresses are hard-coded in off-chain client code.
**Bootstrap Node Requirements**
Bootstrap nodes require a long-term commitment and need to be deployed on enterprise-grade infrastructure.. Additionally, Bootstrap node providers need to run 2 Random Beacon and ECDSA nodes as well as a minimum of 2 Ethereum nodes to ensure failover protection and guarantee availability of at least 99.99%.
Stakes bonded to a Bootstrap node do not participate in rewards, which means the T locked in their stake is not inflation protected. The DAO will stake the necessary T from its treasury for each bootstrap node
Bootstrap operators also need to be in separate geographic regions to protect against outages, ensure availability and provide stability to the network.
Four professional node operators have been identified that are willing to make this commitment to Threshold:
**Boar** - [https://boar.network/](https://boar.network/)
**InfStones** - [https://infstones.com/](https://infstones.com/) - InfStones is dedicated to building the next evolution of a better world through limitless Web3 innovation by supporting tens of thousands of nodes on more than 60 major blockchains. The company is dedicated to bringing down the barriers to connecting with the blockchain. InfStones' platform is battle-tested and supports over 15,000 nodes on over 60 blockchains.
**P2P** - [https://p2p.org/](https://p2p.org/) - P2P Validator provides high uptime, secure staking with advanced monitoring & support. P2P was established in early 2018 and proved the best quality of staking services as one of the top operators in Threshold, Solana, Polkadot/Kusama, Tezos, Graph, Moonbeam, Regen, Chainlink, and Connext Networks. Currently, P2P secures more than 1,5 billion USD value across 30+ networks, provides highly-available RPC services, and contributes to web3 as a core developer for Lido on Solana and Neutron - Cosmos Hub secured smart-contract chain.
**Staked** - [https://staked.us/](https://staked.us/) - Staked operates the most secure, performant, and cost-effective block production nodes for decentralized PoS protocols on behalf of institutional investors. Their multi-tier signing and listening node architecture delivers stakeholders the ideal combination of security, scalability and decentralization.
This proposal would create a grant for each Bootstrap operator of $18,750 per month in liquid T tokens, calculated at the TWAP for the period This grant is designed to cover the operational and staffing costs for bootstrap providers and ensure proper alignment and commitment to the network.