Why Run an AE Node — and How to Do It

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Why Run an AE Node — and How to Do It

Setting up an AE node doesn’t need to be complicated — here’s how to get your own AE node up and running.

So you’ve heard of æternity nodes and you’re interested in how running one works, and how to go about it. What is an æternity node, though, and why would you want to run one?

Firstly, it’s important to understand what a node is, and what it does. Blockchain networks — including æternity — are decentralized. People around the world help to maintain blockchain networks, participating in the maintenance of networks or helping to secure them. These participants are called nodes.

There are many different types of nodes for the many different types of blockchain networks, but all nodes share a common factor — nodes require specific hardware or software in order to run or connect to them.

æternity nodes help to maintain the æternity network by functioning as a point through which data can be created, received, or passed along to other nodes in the network. æternity community members also maintain the æternity network by running mining nodes, which secure the æternity blockchain.

Running a node requires a little bit of technical proficiency, as it’s necessary to follow a few somewhat tricky steps to set up an æternity node properly. Running a node can also be hardware-intensive — it is possible, however, to run a node on a cloud platform, if you don’t want to bully your laptop.

Why Would I Run an AE Node?

Nodes are very important to the æternity network — the transaction of AE tokens, for example, relies on nodes. æternity community members run æternity nodes for a variety of different reasons. Some æternity enthusiasts run nodes to support the development of the æternity project, while others run mining nodes and receive rewards in the form of AE tokens for their efforts.

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