Deploy Validator Node

# Deploy Validator Node

Octopus Network provides a auto-deploy service of validator nodes. Optionally, validator node operators can also deploy and run it manually.

About the hardware configuration

Auto-deploy service supports AWS, and will support other cloud services such as GCP in the future.

If you manually set up your validator node, you could refer to following configuration:

If using AWS, the default configuration is EC2 instance t3.small, CPU 2 cores, memory 2G, SSD storage 80G.

If using GCP, the default configuration is instance e2-small, CPU 2 cores, memory 2G, SSD storage 128G.

# Using AWS Automatically Deploy

If no AWS account, please firstly create and setup AWS account (opens new window)

To create AWS Access Key (opens new window)

Go to the Octopus Apps (Mainnet (opens new window) and Testnet (opens new window)), select Appchains Tab -> the corresponding appchain, follow the steps to deploy:

  1. Go to My Node panel, enter your AWS Access Key, click Deploy A Node, and select the region where the instance would be deployed, click Deploy;

deploy login

deploy node

  1. After deployment initialization, click Deploy, enter your AWS Access Secret and confirm.

deploy apply

Note: AWS Access Secret will only be used for this deployment and wouldn't be stored anywhere.

  1. The deployment process lasts about 5 minutes, and then refresh the page to check the status, the successful deployment is as shown in the figure below. Record the login information of the instance and click the RSA to download the ssh key file.

deploy success

# Using GCP Automatically Deploy

Please make sure that you can log in to GCP (opens new window), if not, please register first.

  1. Log in to your Google account in My Node pannel. gcp-step1

  2. After logging in, click Deploy A Node gcp-step2

  3. Select Projects (opens new window) and Deploy Region (opens new window), then click Deploy. gcp-step3

  4. At this point, you can see that the node status is Init, and the Node ID is generated at the same time, click Apply. gcp-step4

  5. At this point, the status changes to Applying, which means the node is starting up on GCP. Click Refresh to query the status. gcp-step5

  6. When you see the following page, the status changes to Running, indicating that the GCP instance has been started and running. gcp-step6

Finally, if you want to delete the node, click Destroy, then click ... to select Clear Access Key.

# Check the synchronization of the validator node

For the validator node, it would last about 1~6 hours (it depends on how long the appchain had been running) to complete the synchronization of the appchain data.

  1. Firstly, please change the permissions of the downloaded ssh key file 'id_rsa' via executing the following command:
chmod 400 <Path of the id_rsa file>
# e.g. chmod 400 /home/ubuntu/.ssh/id_rsa
  1. Open a Terminal, and log in to the instance via SSH;
ssh -i <Path of the id_rsa file> ubuntu@<IP address of instance>
# e.g. ssh -i /home/ubuntu/.ssh/id_rsa ubuntu@
  1. Check the docker logs of validator;
docker logs seashell

To check whether the best block number is the same with the current block number, like the following output:

2021-09-21 00:12:09 ✨ Imported #54411 (0x3566…3b0e)
2021-09-21 00:12:12 ✨ Imported #54412 (0xdf36…2c87)
2021-09-21 00:12:12 [54412] 🐙 Current block: 54412 (parent hash: 0x9cc7f31a20793f50cf885835de0e3977a1e080431ebc002469aa176046ba094a)
2021-09-21 00:13:18 ✨ Imported #54434 (0xba36…ee68)
2021-09-21 00:13:18 [54434] 🐙 Current block: 54434 (parent hash: 0x84aa3d1b6455859f9503d6ecc70b50b183141fe08f5b0695357e00fe1d24d915)
2021-09-21 00:13:18 💤 Idle (6 peers), best: #54434 (0xba36…ee68), finalized #54431 (0xd194…b319), ⬇ 22.0kiB/s ⬆ 21.9kiB/s
Last Updated: 8/7/2022, 11:59:31 AM