⚙️ Node Requirements

Setting up a node to become a validator on the MO Blockchain requires meeting specific technical and operational criteria. These requirements ensure that the network remains secure, efficient, and capable of handling its transaction load. Below are the detailed node requirements for those interested in becoming validators on the MO Blockchain.

Hardware Requirements

To operate a node that can effectively participate in the MO Blockchain as a validator, you must ensure that your hardware meets the following minimum specifications:

  • vCPU: 4 cores (CPU should be of a recent generation to ensure high performance and efficient processing of transactions and cryptographic operations, Intel/AMD)
  • RAM: 8 GB (Sufficient memory is crucial for the smooth running of the node, ensuring it can handle the blockchain’s state and transactions without bottlenecks.)
  • Storage: 80 GB SSD (Solid State Drive) is recommended for faster read/write speeds, which is essential for quickly accessing the blockchain data. The storage should have enough capacity to accommodate the blockchain’s current size and anticipated growth.

Software Requirements

For those aiming to set up a validator node on the MO Blockchain, it’s essential to adhere strictly to the prescribed software requirements to ensure compatibility, security, and optimal performance. Here’s a detailed breakdown:

  • Operating System: The MO Blockchain infrastructure is designed to operate exclusively on CentOS. This Linux distribution is chosen for its robustness, security features, and stability, making it the only supported operating system for running a validator node on the MO network.

  • Node Software: The specific node software required to participate as a validator in the MO Blockchain has been meticulously outlined in a prepared guide. This guide provides comprehensive instructions on what software to download, how to install it, and steps to configure your node correctly for validation purposes. For detailed information and to ensure you’re using the correct version of the node software, please refer to the guide here. 

Stake Requirements

To participate as a validator on the MO Blockchain, there are specific stake requirements that must be met. These requirements are designed to ensure that validators have a vested interest in the network’s stability and security. Here’s a detailed look at the stake requirements:

  • Minimum Stake Limit: Every validator must stake a minimum of 50,000 MO coins. This threshold is set to ensure that all validators have a significant commitment to the network’s well-being and performance.

  • Maximum Stake Limit: There is also a cap on the amount a single validator can stake, which is set at 1,000,000 MO coins. This maximum limit is designed to prevent excessive concentration of power within the network and to promote a more decentralized and secure blockchain environment.

Security Considerations

  • Firewall Configuration: Proper firewall settings are essential to protect the node from unauthorized access while allowing necessary network traffic.
  • Key Management: Secure management of the keys used for signing transactions and participating in the consensus is critical. Compromised keys can lead to slashed stakes and other security breaches.

Tip for Potential Validators

Optimize for Performance: While meeting the minimum requirements is essential, optimizing your node for performance can enhance your chances of being selected as a validator and earning rewards. Consider using higher-spec hardware and engaging in network optimization practices to ensure your node is among the most reliable and efficient in the network.

By meeting these requirements and considering the provided tips, you can set up a node that not only qualifies as a validator on the MO Blockchain but also contributes positively to the network’s health and security.

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