Announcing Insolar’s Private TestNet
Dear community, we are pleased to announce that Insolar will launch its Private TestNet on January 22, 2019, and we would like to invite you to participate in this event with us.
The first objective of this TestNet will be to test network scalability and transaction speed. In this connection, you should know that the Insolar platform has a special approach to ensuring scalability, which is based on its unique consensus mechanism. Testing it is very important, since there is no previous experience in deploying this one of a kind technology. If you participate, you will be helping us and partaking in an unprecedented event.
In order to get the chance to run a node during Private TestNet, you will need to apply to the Insolar Development Team (more info below).
TestNet Goals and How Scalability Works on Insolar
Since the primary aim in this Private TestNet is to prove scalability and speed, let’s review how this works on the Insolar platform.
In contradistinction to other blockchain platforms, on Insolar, a given node does not do both computing and validation of transactions simultaneously. Indeed, this unique difference is key to making our platform scalable and fast. On Insolar, each smart contract is delegated to a single Executor node. After it processes a transaction, a few other nodes (called “Validators”) confirm it. As a result, the throughput capacity increases almost linearly with the addition of each new node, since with each of them, more smart-contracts (for transaction processing) can be delegated to more nodes.
The ultimate goal of this Private TestNet is to achieve at least 10,000 transactions per second by increasing the number of Executor nodes taking part in TestNet.
Network Participants will Play a Key Role in TestNet
At a later time, when Insolar goes live with MainNet, we aim to make Insolar as decentralized and distributed as possible. However, at the current stage of the platform, we will be performing a controlled test. Therefore, the majority of nodes will be run by Insolar’s Development Team. There will be at least 20 nodes, among them up to 15 so-called “Virtual Nodes” (Executors and Validators), several Light Material Nodes and one Heavy Material node will be involved. The role of a few Pulsar Nodes will be separate from the others. In spite of this being a controlled test, we are eager to allow a few selected community members to take part in TestNet by joining as a node (the role of your node will be assigned by the Insolar core developer team).
How to Participate in TestNet and Run a Node
Though the network will be visible, you will only be able to run permissioned nodes. There will be a Configuration file with secret keys that will be sent by e-mail to selected Insolar community members who will be selected to participate based on their applications.
This will be sent along with detailed instructions on how to join the network. There will be the option of either using a DIY set — including the node certificate(s) and compiled Insolar node package (Linux only) — or setting-up a node from the docker container.
Insolar’s tech support will be available to assist external nodes runners.
Insolar’s Developer Team will appreciate receiving your feedback from participating in Testnet, which you can communicate either personally or publicly.
It will also be possible to follow Insolar’s Testnet progress via Block Explorer, which will track the activity of the nodes, transactions and the network capacity.
In order to request instructions and the necessary files, please apply to firstname.lastname@example.org
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