Prerequisites

As a Stake Pool Operator (SPO) for Cardano, you need:

  • Two separate servers: 1 block producer node, 1 unregistered relay node using legacy network topology

  • One air-gapped offline machine (cold environment)

  • Operating system: 64-bit Linux (i.e. Ubuntu 22.04 LTS)

  • Processor: An Intel or AMD x86 processor with two or more cores, at 2GHz or faster

  • Memory: 24GB RAM (including swap space)

  • Storage: 200GB free storage

  • Internet: Static IP address and a broadband connection supporting speeds at least 10 Mbps

  • Data Plan: at least 1GB per hour. 720GB per month.

  • Power: Reliable electrical power

  • ADA balance: at least 505 ADA for pool deposit and transaction fees

  • Four separate servers: 1 block producer node, 3 relay nodes (2 registered relays using peer-to-peer networking and 1 unregistered relay using legacy network topology)

  • One air-gapped offline machine (cold environment)

  • Operating system: 64-bit Linux (i.e. Ubuntu 22.04 LTS)

  • Processor: 4 core or higher CPU

  • Memory: 24GB+ RAM

  • Storage: 250GB+ free storage

  • Internet: Static IP addresses and broadband connections supporting speeds of at least 100 Mbps

  • Data Plan: Unlimited

  • Power: Reliable electrical power with UPS

  • ADA balance: more pledge is better, to be determined by a0, the pledge influence factor

If you need ideas on how to harden your stake pool's nodes, refer to this guide.

Refer to the respective guide to Install Ubuntu Server or Install Ubuntu Desktop.

If you are rebuilding or reusing an existing cardano-node installation, refer to the section Resetting an Installation.

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