Deploying

Deploying a THORNode and its associated services.

Deploy THORNode services

Now you have a Kubernetes cluster ready to use, you can install the THORNode services.

Helm charts are the defacto and currently easiest and simple way to package and deploy Kubernetes application. The team created different Helm charts to help to deploy all the necessary services. Please retrieve the source files from the Git repository here to follow the instructions below:

https://gitlab.com/thorchain/devops/node-launcher

Requirements

  • Running Kubernetes cluster

  • Kubectl configured, ready and connected to running cluster

If you came here from the Setup page, you are already good to go.

Steps

Clone the node-launcher repo. All commands in this section are to be run inside of this repo.

git clone https://gitlab.com/thorchain/devops/node-launcher
cd node-launcher

Install Helm 3

Install Helm 3 if not already available on your current machine:

make helm

Tools

Deploy
Destroy
Deploy

To deploy all tools, metrics, logs management, Kubernetes Dashboard, run the command below.

make tools
Destroy

To destroy all those resources run the command below.

make destroy-tools

If you are successful, you will see the following message:

If there are any errors, they are typically fixed by running the command again.

Deploy THORNode

It is important to deploy the tools first before deploying the THORNode services as some services will have metrics configuration that would fail and stop the THORNode deployment.

You have multiple commands available to deploy different configurations of THORNode. You can deploy testnet, chaosnet and mainnet. The commands deploy the umbrella chart thornode-stack in the background in the Kubernetes namespace thornode (or thornode-testnet for testnet) by default.

make install

Deploying a THORNode will take 1 day for every 3 months of ledger history, since it will validate every block. THORNodes are "full nodes", not light clients.

If successful, you will see the following:

You are now ready to join the network:

Debugging

Set thornode to be your default namespace so you don't need to type -n thornode each time:

kubectl config set-context --current --namespace=thornode

Use the following useful commands to view and debug accordingly. You should see everything running and active. Logs can be retrieved to find errors:

kubectl get pods -n thornode
kubectl get pods --all-namespaces
kubectl logs -f <pod> -n thornode

Kubernetes should automatically restart any service, but you can force a restart by running:

kubectl delete pod <pod> -n thornode

Note, to expedite syncing external chains, it is feasible to continually delete the pod that has the slow-syncing chain daemon (eg, binance-daemon-xxx).

Killing it will automatically restart it with free resources and syncing is notably faster. You can check sync status by viewing logs for the client to find the synced chain tip and comparing it with the real-world blockheight, ("xxx" is your unique ID):

kubectl logs -f binance-daemon-xxx -n thornode

Get real-world blockheights on the external blockchain explorers, eg: https://testnet-explorer.binance.org/

https://explorer.binance.org/

CHART SUMMARY

THORNode full stack umbrella chart

  • thornode: Umbrella chart packaging all services needed to run a fullnode or validator THORNode.

This should be the only chart used to run THORNode stack unless you know what you are doing and want to run each chart separately (not recommended).

THORNode services:

  • thor-daemon: THORNode daemon

  • thor-api: THORNode API

  • thor-gateway: THORNode gateway proxy to get a single IP address for multiple deployments

  • bifrost: Bifrost service

  • midgard: Midgard API service

External services:

  • binance-daemon: Binance fullnode daemon

  • bitcoin-daemon: Bitcoin fullnode daemon

  • ethereum-daemon: Ethereum fullnode daemon

  • chain-daemon: as required for supported chains

Tools

  • elastic: ELK stack, deperecated. Use elastic-operator chart

  • elastic-operator: ELK stack using operator for logs management

  • prometheus: Prometheus stack for metrics

  • loki: Loki stack for logs

  • kubernetes-dashboard: Kubernetes dashboard