PulseChain is a fork of Ethereum and works in a very similar way, with slight changes to make it faster and much cheaper. Running a validator on PulseChain is something anyone can do; however, setting up a node may be challenging for someone who has never run one. Here we provide all available resources and go through the process and the requirements.
Intro to PulseChain
To run a PulseChain validator, you will need to set up and configure both the hardware and software components. Here are the necessary technical specifics to consider:
- Processor: A multi-core processor with high clock speed (preferably above 3.0 GHz) and good single-threaded performance, such as Intel Core i7 or AMD Ryzen 7.
- Memory: A minimum of 16 GB RAM is recommended. More RAM can be beneficial for handling larger datasets.
- Storage: A Solid State Drive (SSD) with at least 250 GB of storage capacity. SSDs offer faster read/write speeds, which can improve the validator’s performance.
- Network: A stable and high-speed internet connection is crucial to maintain synchronization with the PulseChain network.
- Operating System: Linux is the most commonly used operating system for running PulseChain validators. Ubuntu or Debian are popular choices. Make sure your chosen distribution is up to date.
- Ethereum Client Software: You will need to install and configure an Ethereum client software that supports proof-of-stake (PoS) consensus, such as the Ethereum 2.0 Beacon Chain or Prysm. These clients help you connect to the PulseChain network and validate transactions.
- Firewall and Security: Configure the firewall settings to allow incoming and outgoing connections on the necessary ports for your Pulsechain client. Ensure that your system is protected with up-to-date security measures, including regular updates and patches.
- Monitoring Tools: It’s beneficial to set up monitoring tools to keep an eye on your validator’s performance, such as https://beacon.pulsechain.com/, which can provide metrics and visualizations for monitoring.
- Power and Uptime: Validators need to be online and connected to the PulseChain network as much as possible. Ensure your hardware setup includes a reliable power supply and consider using a backup power source, such as an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS).
- Redundancy: Running multiple validators can provide redundancy and protect against downtime. Consider setting up multiple validators on different machines or cloud instances for added reliability.
- Network Configuration: Configure your router or network settings to allow incoming connections on the required ports for your validator software.
- Regular Maintenance: Keep your system and software up to date with the latest patches and updates. Regularly check for software upgrades and follow security best practices.
Docker container or script
Watch the below youtube channel to see the installation of geth (go-Pulse) and Prysm and other dependencies and validator set up.