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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.
Nodes are individual parts of a distributed, decentralized blockchain. Devices running the RChain software can instantiate instances of RNode and connect to the network.
Amount of currency bonded in a smart contract to allow participation in the consensus protocol.
Validators who violate the protocol can be removed. Removal results in a forfeit of stake.
What is a validator?
Validators are RNode operators who have bonded stake to participate in the consensus protocol.
How can I become a validator? (intent to validate signup)
If you are interested in being a validator on the RChain platform at the launch of main net in 2018 Q4, then you should do the following:
Register your intent to validate at https://developer.rchain.coop. You will receive notifications when information becomes available for validators and opportunities to participate in training prior to the launch of both test net and main net.
Loss of stake is the key risk of being a validator.
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 interested in becoming a validator on the RChain network, register your intent to validate at https://developer.rchain.coop. You will receive notifications when information becomes available for validators and opportunities to participate in training prior to the launch of both test net and main net.