Understanding Participation Node
The definition of nodes varies depending on the application and purpose they serve.
They act as communication endpoints, enabling users and programs to connect with the blockchain through them. Nodes play a crucial role in redistributing communication within the network.
Anyone can run a node in decentralized ledger systems since no central authority controls access.
Public blockchains aim to be dynamic and decentralized, with nodes constantly joining and leaving the network.
However, not everyone has the time, knowledge, or expertise to manage a node.
Algorand Has Two Types of Nodes
- Relay nodes serve as network hubs, efficiently transmitting protocol messages between participating nodes.
- Participation nodes are key players in Algorand’s consensus process. They introduce and validate new blocks, utilizing participation keys to sign consensus protocol communications. These participation keys are stored on participation nodes.
Participation nodes in Algorand rely on relay nodes to connect.
Network participants stake ALGO and generate a valid participation key to become a participation node.
While relay nodes coordinate communication between participation nodes, they do not directly engage in proposing and voting.
Empowering Consensus through User Engagement
Authorized by the user’s participation key, participation nodes represent the users’ stakes in the consensus process by proposing and voting on blocks.
A single participation node can represent multiple users if the relevant participation keys are consolidated.
Anyone is welcome to run a participation node, and as long as a sufficient number of them honestly operate the consensus process, the Algorand blockchain remains secure.
Even if all relay nodes are compromised, the blockchain will not split.