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Livepeer’s Public Streamflow Testnet is Now Live

Today Livepeer launched a public test network for the upcoming Streamflow protocol update, which is designed to make the network scalable, reliable, and cost-effective for scaled video transcoding usage. This testnet launch is relevant to infrastructure providers who want to run nodes on the Livepeer network.

The main goals for this test network are to allow infrastructure providers to learn how to run nodes in the new Streamflow context, to validate the network is working reliably, and to help troubleshoot and identify issues before going to main net. Infrastructure providers can:

  • Run nodes in the new Orchestrator role (formerly named transcoder).

Developers and end users can also experiment with building applications on top of the test network, or streaming and transcoding video on the test network, however, this should be experimental use only, as there are no reliability guarantees.

Getting Started with the Streamflow Testnet

Please use the following resources, in order of importance, to begin participating in the Streamflow testnet:

  • Documentation — how to run infrastructure, how to experiment with GPU transcoding, how to validate everything is working, and how to scale your setup.

The documentation section contains the information that users need to get test ETH, test LPT, and the binaries to begin interacting with the network. Other resources that will be added in the near future include a test web based staking application for more visual interaction with the network, and a metrics/monitoring dashboard where users can opt in to tracking statistics about their node including number of segments of video transcoded and payments received.

Getting to Mainnet

The ultimate aim of the protocol update is to get it live on mainnet, where the real economic incentives can take hold, and encourage the operations of a scalable, affordable, reliable video transcoding network. Some of the steps that need to occur before mainnet deployment include:

  • Code audit — nearly complete with auditing partners Trail of Bits.

Achieving the reliability milestone will require significant participation from the community. Livepeer needs you to try out the software, try transcoding configurations with different types of hardware, bandwidth considerations, geographical locations, and report any issues or concerns that arise through your testing.

Please join the #streamflow-testnet channel on Discord, sign up for the transcoder mailing list, and get started running a node on testnet today to get involved.

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Doug Petkanics

Building live streaming on the blockchain at Livepeer. Previously Founder, VP Eng at Wildcard and Hyperpublic (acquired by Groupon).