Running blockchain nodes requires expertise as well as high-end computing resources. Although some applications may justify on-premise dedicated resources, most applications can't. Pocket Network offers a reliable gateway for those applications to most popular blockchains, e.g. Ethereum.
There are already solutions providing an easy acccess to some blockchains. But there is no other solution that is decentralized, and capability to support a wide spectrum of blockchains besides Pocket Network.
Pocket network achieves this by rewarding the so-called Validator Nodes across the globe for each "relay" they perform on behalf of customers of the Pocket Network. Rewards depend on performance of those validators, incentivizing a high level of customer experience.
Running Pocket Validator nodes and gateways to blockchains like Ethereum is a technically complicated job. Furthermore, monitoring these machines and tuning them for the best performance requires keeping up with constantly changing world of the Pocket Network. C0D3R provides the infrastructure so that you don't have to worry about any of these details. With C0D3R, you can start your validator node within minutes and start contributing to Pocket Network and earning rewards. With the time you saved, you can concentrate on the big picture, directing your investments.
A relay is basically a blockchain command/query executed by Pocket Network nodes on behalf of an application.
Relays by Pocket Network are very desirable for apps because it is a turn-key solution for them. They don't have to worry about the upkeep of blockchain nodes. For a one time fee, apps get a lifetime access to some of the most popular blockchains.
In Pocket Network, per current network parameters, each relay mints 0.001371 POKT.
Out of that:
There are chance-based things that affect node performance:
There are dozens of supported blockchains in Pocket. Some of those are experimental to see if there is any self-sustaining demand. To keep the price/performance at optimum level, we choose the blockchains we want to support very carefully. Our goal is giving the first-tier support to the blockchains that total to 90% of daily relays. Currently those are Ethereum, Fuse, xDai and Goerli. Currently Supported Networks
A validator node is the actual server that performs the relay. Pocket Network performs each relay by 5 such nodes, cross checking their responses to prevent errors and fraud. Therefore, validator nodes not only perform the relays, but also validate the relays performed by other nodes, keeping each other honest and reliable.
Classically, blockchains have been "Proof of Work" (PoW). It means that participants needed perform work and prove it to have a voice in the network. Although this works fine, downside is that it requires a significant investment in hardware in terms of "miners". Worse, running those miners have extraordinary power needs. For example, BitCoin, a PoW network, has roughly the same power consumption as the whole country of Switzerland!
Modern blockchain networks, like Pocket Network, have an alternative approach, called "Proof of Stake". Instead of earning a voice in the network with (meaningless) work, participants "stake" value (which is probably earned by actual work in the real world, like fiat money). This staked value keeps participants honest and high performant, or else stake gets slashed (or totally lost in case of fraudulent activity).
To stake your Pocket Network validator node, you need to send at least 15,050 tokens to your node's public address. Now, technically, you can send less. However, your stake will incur some unavoidable small penalties as they perform. Over time, this may lower your initial stake below 15,000, which will cause you lose all your stake. Therefore, we recommend at least 15,050 POKTs for the stake.
Misbehaving nodes get a timeout in the jail. Bail out of the jail depends on the severity of the offense. For example, missing blocks and therefore not performing their validation duties results a small amount of monetary fine and 1 hour of sitting out of the network. Attempting fraud causes losing all of its stake and permanent ban from the network.
Throughout the day, a small fraction of validator nodes get jailed because of maintanence or other errors. However, this doesn't explain the relatively large number of jailed nodes.
Some investors keep their POKT in validator nodes. They are not interested in running the validator, but they are more interested in the value of POKT token itself. So, their nodes remain in jailed state. This doesn't have any negative impact to the network.
Some of the early investors have their tokens granted in the genesis block, but to prevent speculation, their tokens are jailed until certain release dates. Those nodes are also technically jailed.
Running validator nodes requires some time investment. Most hobbiests start eagerly but then lose interest. Their nodes go to jail, costing their owners potential earnings from relays. If you are interested in running Pocket Validator Nodes, and keep them out of jail, too, consider us. C0D3R is a turn-key, fully supported Software-as-a-Service solution that provides well-maintained and well-spec'ed validator nodes.
Please keep in mind that earning first rewards may take some time, just be patient.
Here is a little bit of math: There are about 100 nodes in each session. There are 24 sessions every day. And about 5000 unjailed nodes (this number changes every day). So, your node getting in a session is 2% chance. Not getting in a session is 98% chance. And not getting a session for the whole day is 62%. So, more than likely, your node will not participate in a session every day. There is still 23% chance that it will not participate in a session even in 3 days!
This is a long game. As you will see, there will be small sessions and large sessions. But there will be sessions. Although we cannot make performance guarantees, we have fait that your nodes will earn plenty of rewards over time.
No. You will not share your private keys with us. You keep your private keys of your wallet. Do not ever share them with anyone under any circumstances.
Not with anyone who claims to be from C0D3R, or Pocket team, or anyone else.
But you will have to send us tokens to fund your nodes. Please see How to Stake for more information. This is how Pocket Network works today. Custody-free / Trustless model is coming in later versions of Pocket Core, expected in 2022.
Great news is that C0D3R now has insurance backed guarantee against theft and loss as part of its basic offering. Once you provide the necessary basic insurance information such as your name, date of birth, etc. each and every node is protected up to $10,000 against theft (hackers!!!) and loss (us making a mistake or suddenly going out of business, etc.).
If you are having difficulty trusting a vendor, you have 3 options
Yes! Yes we are. We are the only node running provider in the Pocket Ecosystem that offers a specific insurance coverage for crypto assets. It wasn't easy to acquire it, because we had to go through detailed background checks and design reviews, which took months. It is also not cheap (for us! it is free for you.) But we believe it is worth it. We respect your funds greatly and want to do everything we can to keep them safe. Good people like you and us need to get everything right at all times. Hackers need to find only one mistake one time.
No, this is NOT crypto mining. Yes, Pocket Network and C0D3R are very environmentally friendly.
In Proof-of-Work networks, miners do meaningless work (such as solving artifically complex made-up math problems) that consumes a lot of energy with absolutely no benefit for humanity. Pocket is a Proof-of-Stake network. Therefore there is no meaningless energy consumption just to prove some work. All the work that Pocket Network Validator Nodes does is meaningful. Low in energy consumption, easy on the hardwarae, but high impact on value.