This is a work in progress. This document provides answers to some questions and reflects FAQs that don't yet have answers. Please see the publication date for information on recent updates. All information is susceptible to change.
We intend this FAQ validators and developers who are interested in validation as it relates to the RChain software and consensus prototcol. The RChain cooperative provides addition information regarding economic incentives and staking in documents in https://github.com/rchain/legaldocs/tree/master/validator-sale.
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A RNode operator who participates in the RChain platform consensus protocol. See Validation on the RChain Network.
Nodes are individual parts of a distributed, decentralized blockchain. Devices running the RChain software can instantiate instances of RNode and connect to the network. See Validation on the RChain Network.
Amount of currency bonded in a smart contract to allow participation in the consensus protocol. See Validation on the RChain Network.
Validators who violate the protocol can be removed. Removal results in a forfeit of stake. See Validation on the RChain Network.
What is a validator?
Validators are RNode operators who have bonded stake to participate in the consensus protocol. See Validation on the RChain Network.
How can I become a validator? (intent to validate signup)
Validators are responsible for consistently running a correct version of the software on the network. Detailed information of responsibilities is in Validation on the RChain Networkavailable inhttps://github.com/rchain/legaldocs/tree/master/validator-sale.
What are the risks of being a validator?
Loss of stake is the key risk of being a validator. See Validation on the RChain Network.
What are the hardware requirements?
We are working on performance testing to understand what hardware will best support network validation. At this time, anyone who can run the current version of the software can learn more about RNode operation. Estimates for hardware requirements for both test net and main net are published in documents at https://github.com/rchain/legaldocs/tree/master/validator-sale.
If you are a test net validator coming to validate the genesis block in Berlin, please see Information for test net launchers.
What are the software requirements?
There will be several ways for validators to participate in test net.
If you are a Joining test net validator coming to validate as a validator, outside of the validators who signed the genesis block in Berlin, please see Information for test net launchers.Information about joining as a test net validator after launch is coming soon, will be available with the release of RNode v0.7.
How can I help test the network?
There will be several ways to help test the network. If you are a test net validator coming to validate the genesis block in Berlin, please see Information for test net launchers.
There will also be challenges and awards for test net validators throughout the test net period. More information is coming soon.