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Shardeum Sphinx (Betanet)

What are the requirements to run a node on betanet?

  • 250 GB SSD storage
  • Quad core CPU less than 10 years old if self hosting
  • Dual core CPU works if hosted with newer Xeons / EPYC
  • 16 GB of ram,  4+ GB of virtual memory recommended
  • Hosting: 8 GB RAM + 8 GB Virtual Memory

Has the Sphinx Dapp Testnet on Shardeum been discontinued?

Yes, we have discontinued the Sphinx Dapp Testnet, which was a parallel devnet to our public betanet. This decision was made to streamline our focus and resources on enhancing and making the public betanet feature-complete ahead of our upcoming mainnet launch. So make sure to run your validator nodes and build your dapps/projects on Shardeum Sphinx. You can find the endpoints for betanet here. Get ready for the mainnet launch by running nodes, build dapps and acquire Shardeum’s large user base and help us in stress testing the network in the final home stretch towards mainnet.

Can I migrate my dapps and projects from the Sphinx Dapp Testnet to the Shardeum Sphinx (Betanet)?

Yes please.

How do GUI and CLI features help me in operating a node?

With GUI, you can start running a node with a few clicks of your mouse. Shardeum is one of the first L1 networks to enable user-friendly GUI feature for node validators asides from CLI.

CLI is the only interface used by the vast majority of blockchain networks. It is typically enabled for more advanced users and developers who intend to work with nodes more deeply and technically.

What is the reward I will get by running an honest node on betanet?

We have announced our Airdrop Phase 1 update that provides high level details into the airdrop rewards for early contributors that include node validators on betanet. The objective of the blog is to supply as many details as possible to our community including eligibility period, criteria overview, types of beneficiaries and seek their feedback to help us finalize the Phase 1 airdrop plan in line with Shardeum’s OCC principle.

While we may not be able to reward every contributor/participant, we aim to provide various other benefits to unrewarded node validators as part of Shardeum’s Early Contributor Program or ECP. The benefits may potentially include priority access to the airdrops of our consenting ecosystem partners, exchange-dependent IEOs, future reward multipliers, preference in future contests and campaigns. Don’t forget to read the blog and provide your feedback.

Can I operate archive nodes on betanet?

During betanet the community can operate validator nodes. After mainnet, the community will be able to operate archiver nodes.

What is the process for bug bounties?

Details of the bounties will be announced in Q2 of 2024.

Where do I report the bugs on validator testnet/betanet?

Please report bugs on the Sphinx network here.

When and how can I apply for grants?

The Shardeum Foundation plans to launch grants program in Q2 of 2024. Early adopters that have demonstrated measurable progress in development and community growth on Shardeum’s testnets will be prioritized.

I am not looking for grants but I am keen to get your support in promoting the dapp I am building on Shardeum

Please submit this form

Can I get advisory support from the team for my project?

Shardeum’s leadership will be open to brainstorm and discuss the potential of projects and its GTM strategy soon. These leaders have led and helped world-class projects launch and succeed, and they will be available to help and advise.

Where can I look for active projects that are deployed on Shardeum so far?

You can find and interact with the active projects building on Shardeum in our ecosystem page of the website here

How can I get my dapp to be enlisted or added as part of active projects on Shardeum?

Please list your dapps that you are building on Shardeum here

Why does the Sphinx Validator testnet experience frequent downtimes, and why is there a delay in transitioning my node from standby to active validator status?

With over 10,000 validators invariably running nodes, and peaks exceeding 35,000, the network faces unique challenges that is inherent to such a large-scale decentralized system. The transition delays from standby to active validator status are a direct consequence of the high validator count. This is also influenced by the fact that the developers have been building their dapps on Sphinx Dapp testnet (devnet) over the last few months and/or waiting for the betanet to get stabilized.

This prevented the betanet from handling high transaction volumes, thereby restricting the number of validators that could be leveraged at any given time. Also, please be aware that validators are auto-rotated in and out randomly, ensuring a fair and unpredictable selection. This means that the selection is not influenced by the duration a validator has spent in the standby pool or their previous contributions.

Good news is, we have sunset the devnet to streamline our focus completely on Shardeum Sphinx (betanet) and make it feature-ready ahead of the upcoming mainnet launch. You will already see several dapps have re-launched on betanet. We look forward to developers and users/validators to continue stress-testing the network leading up to mainnet. With your understanding and support, Shardeum is poised to provide a linearly scalable, and an affordable L1 smart contract platform for users and developers for the first time ever.