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Solana Validator Documentation

Solana is a blockchain built for mass adoption. It's a high performance network that is utilized for a range of use cases, including finance, NFTs, payments, and gaming. Solana operates as a single global state machine, and is open, interoperable and decentralized.

Command Line Interface and Tool Suite

To get started using the Solana Command Line (CLI) tools:

Understanding the Architecture

Get to know the underlying architecture of how the proof-of-stake blockchain works:

  • Clusters - a collection of validators that work together for consensus
  • Validators - the individual nodes that are the backbone of the network
  • Runtime - the native programs that are core to the validator and the blockchain

Running a Validator

Explore what it takes to operate a Solana validator and help secure the network.

  • Validator vs RPC node - Understand the important differences between voting and non-voting validators on the network
  • System requirements - Recommended hardware requirements and expected SOL needed to operate a validator
  • Quick start guide - Setup a validator and get connected to a cluster for the first time

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