Guide to setting up, starting, and managing software for validators.

Anyone interested can install and run a node for the Octra Network on their personal computer, server, or cloud. In exchange for ensuring the security and maintaining the network's functionality, validators will receive rewards according to the evaluation of their contribution to this process.

The choice of a node depends on the personal preference of the participants. Below are three types of participation in the validation and support of the network:

Bootstrap Node

Bootstrap nodes are essential for maintaining the synchronization system of the entire blockchain. They also act as decentralized repositories of the current network state, which includes a large number of vital network management mechanisms and data distribution among all other participants.

Bootstrap nodes are reference systems with control over the primary state of the Octra Network. To deploy a bootstrap node, dedicated IP addresses, substantial fast storage space, and the ability to reliably and continuously connect to the network are required.

Bootstrap nodes can be physical servers or high-end VDS clusters capable of providing the necessary level of service.

Standard Validator

A standard validator participates in servicing a part of the Octra Network. The network's selection of a validator for servicing, management, or data storage depends on the individual coefficients and settings of the specific validator.

Typically, these are simple servers or powerful personal computers that are online 24 hours a day with the possibility of brief interruptions in service.

Validators can be solo services or a combination of light node clusters that collectively form one working unit.

Light Node

Light nodes are simple, small instances of the network that can be run on almost anything (even on a Raspberry Pi), with minimal requirements. Light nodes are very easy to launch and do not require specific settings or complex manipulations for setup.

A light node can even be run as a background process in manual mode, limiting the resource consumption of the machine on which it is deployed.

At the current stage, the Octra Network's validation process is in a testing and debugging phase before the launch of a full-fledged testnet. All clients support the capability of operations within the Octra Network itself, and there is also partial support for FHE operations.

For participants who join us at this stage, we offer the launch of a test script (including various types of transactions, distributed storage testing, and computational operations within the permitted resources).

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