The Stake
If you want to be a node operator you are required to have a stake in the network. A stake is basically a deposit strengthening the security and user confidence of the network. The stake means that the node operator has something to lose, if they try to cheat or damage the network. Staking means that the node operator buys the required stake of MPC Tokens. Services have a hierarchy of cost and security as well as payment. Therefore, higher-paid services require a higher stake. To acquire MPC Tokens, go through this contact page.

The current stakes are:

The Machine
In addition to the stake you need a computer to run the node. Most node operators rent a server, but some keep the machine running the node in their own home. Machine Specs are in the section about running the node.

The Keys
When a block of transactions is validated, the node signs off on it with a unique digital signature. The signature is created with the node owner’s private key. The signature is verifiable from the public version of the signing key. The different keys play different roles. One keypair references your account with the stake, another refers to your identity on the network and in the PBC internal register. A full description of the keys you will need can be found in this section.

The Skills
Setting up the node require some technical skills. You need to be able to configure and run your node, or alternatively pay someone you trust to help you with the setup and upkeep of the node.

The following sections take you through the signup process. If you do not yet have MPC tokens or an appropriate server for running a node you can still complete the firs part of the guide showing you how to run a reader node. A reader node is free. When you have completed the introductionfirst and second step, then you should know if you have the skills required to run a node performing services on Partisia Blockchain. If you want to buy MPC Tokens, you can follow this link for information about sale.