Joining

How to join THORChain as an Node.

Joining THORChain

Now that you have a THORNode deployed in your Kubernetes cluster, you need to start operating your node to join the network.

There are a couple of steps to follow to do so.

1. Check your current node status

The first step would be to make sure your deployment was successful and your node is running correctly. _**_To check the current status of your node, you can run the command status from the node-launcherrepository on your terminal:

make status

You will get an output along those lines, the example below is for a testnet node:

________ ______ ___ _ __ __
/_ __/ // / __ \/ _ \/ |/ /__ ___/ /__
/ / / _ / /_/ / , _/ / _ \/ _ / -_)
/_/ /_//_/\____/_/|_/_/|_/\___/\_,_/\__/
ADDRESS thor13hh6qyj0xgw0gv7qpay8thfucxw8hqkved9vr2
IP
VERSION 0.0.0
STATUS Unknown
BOND 0.00
REWARDS 0.00
SLASH 0
PREFLIGHT { "status": "Standby", "reason": "node account has invalid registered IP address", "code": 1 }
API http://:1317/thorchain/doc/
RPC http://:27147
MIDGARD http://:8080/v2/doc
CHAIN SYNC BLOCKS
THOR 55.250% 37,097/67,144
BNB 99.915% 155,426,471/155,559,013
BTC 2.399% 227,986/678,340
ETH 7.764% 947,182/12,199,994
LTC 0.012% 6,526/1,818,000
BCH 2.293% 197,340/682,404

Your node is running but as you can see in the `Preflight` section, your node is not yet ready to be churned in and currently is in standby status, since your node has no IP address setup yet.

But to be able to set up the node IP address, you first need to get it registered in the chain by sending your BOND.

Before sending the BOND, verify that your THORNode is fully synced with connected chains. Connected chains such as Bitcoin, may take a day to sync. If you join THORChain without fully syncing a connected chain, you will immediately get slashed for missing observations, and lose money.

2 - Send a small BOND (recommend 100-1000)

1) You will do a "Deposit" transaction. There is no destination address -- use an appropriate wallet. The Bond is locked in a module controlled by the state machine.

2) Deposit your BOND using the memo BOND:<thornode-address> (or use an appropriate GUI that does this memo for you). Start small, the bond will be picked up.

Bonding using BOND option in ASGARDEX

Give the network 3-5 seconds to pick up your bond. To verify it has received your bond, run the following:

curl http://thornode.thorchain.info/thorchain/node/<node-address>

If you run make status again, you should see this:

________ ______ ___ _ __ __
/_ __/ // / __ \/ _ \/ |/ /__ ___/ /__
/ / / _ / /_/ / , _/ / _ \/ _ / -_)
/_/ /_//_/\____/_/|_/_/|_/\___/\_,_/\__/
ADDRESS thor13hh6qyj0xgw0gv7qpay8thfucxw8hqkved9vr2
IP
VERSION 0.0.0
STATUS Whitelisted
BOND 1000.00
REWARDS 0.00
SLASH 0
PREFLIGHT { "status": "Standby", "reason": "node account has invalid registered IP address", "code": 1 }
API http://:1317/thorchain/doc/
RPC http://:27147
MIDGARD http://:8080/v2/doc
CHAIN SYNC BLOCKS
THOR 55.250% 37,097/67,144
BNB 99.915% 155,426,471/155,559,013
BTC 2.399% 227,986/678,340
ETH 7.764% 947,182/12,199,994
LTC 0.012% 6,526/1,818,000
BCH 2.293% 197,340/682,404

As you can see, it is in standby but does not have an IP registered yet. This is needed for peer discovery.

3 - Setup Node IP Address

You must tell THORChain your IP-Address for its address book and seed-service to run properly:

make set-ip-address

If you run the status command again, you should now see a different message for the Preflight section saying you need to set your node keys.

Once your IP address has been registered for discovery, you can use your own host for queries.

4 - Setup Node keys

Tell THORChain about your public keys for signing sessions:

make set-node-keys

If you run the status command again, you should now see that your node is in status “ready” and is now ready to be churned in the next rotation.

5 - Set Version

Make sure your node broadcasts its latest version, else you won't churn in since THORChain enforces a version requirement. This version will appear in your make status. If you are on 0.0.0 then you haven't set your version:

make set-version

6 - Send Final Bond

If you followed steps 1-5 above, your preflight will be saying:

PREFLIGHT { "status": "Standby", "reason": "node account does not have minimum bond requirement: 1000000000/100000000000000, "code": 1 }

To address this, send the remaining bond, that is higher than the minimum bond. You can find that quantity on https://thornode.thorchain.info/thorchain/constants and look for MinimumBondInRune If you finally run make status you should see this, with keyword "Ready":

________ ______ ___ _ __ __
/_ __/ // / __ \/ _ \/ |/ /__ ___/ /__
/ / / _ / /_/ / , _/ / _ \/ _ / -_)
/_/ /_//_/\____/_/|_/_/|_/\___/\_,_/\__/
ADDRESS thor13hh6qyj0xgw0gv7qpay8thfucxw8hqkved9vr2
IP 1.2.3.4
VERSION 0.38.0
STATUS Standby
BOND 1,000,001.00
REWARDS 0.00
SLASH 0
PREFLIGHT { "status": "Ready", "reason": "OK", "code": 0 }
API http://1.2.3.4:1317/thorchain/doc/
RPC http://1.2.3.4:27147
MIDGARD http://1.2.3.4:8080/v2/doc
CHAIN SYNC BLOCKS
THOR 100.000% 67,144/67,144
BNB 100.000% 155,559,013/155,559,013
BTC 100.000% 678,340/678,340
ETH 100.000% 12,199,994/12,199,994
LTC 100.000% 1,818,000/1,818,000
BCH 100.000% 682,404/682,404

Bonding The Right Amount

Although your node is ready to be churned in, it doesn’t mean it will be the next one to be selected since someone else could have posted a higher bond than you. To maximise chances of a quick entry, monitor Midgard to see what everyone else is bonding and try to outbid them. Keep an eye on maximumStandbyBond and make sure you are bonding that amount.

curl http://52.221.153.64:8080/v1/network | json_pp
resp:
"bondMetrics" : {
"minimumActiveBond" : "10001000000000",
"medianStandbyBond" : "1010000000000",
"medianActiveBond" : "15001000000000",
"averageStandbyBond" : "1010000000000",
"maximumActiveBond" : "15001000000000",
"averageActiveBond" : "12006800000000",
"maximumStandbyBond" : "1010000000000",
"totalStandbyBond" : "1010000000000",
"totalActiveBond" : "60034000000000",
"minimumStandbyBond" : "1010000000000"
}

The endpoint will show data on average, median, total, minimum and maximum bond amounts. For fastest entry, bond higher than the current maximum.

RUNE is always displayed in 1e8 format, 100000000 = 1 RUNE

Bonding More

At any time during standby, you can bond more by making an additional BOND transaction with memo:

BOND:<thornode-address>

You can also remove some of your bond whilst you are on standby, using the UNBOND memo.