Node Provider Documentation

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Introduction

The Internet Computer is a decentralized network of nodes running the Internet Computer protocol. These nodes are owned by Node Providers who receive rewards for their nodes' useful work. Individuals or organizations can become Node Providers through submitting a proposal to the Network Nervous System (NNS), the Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO) that governs the Internet Computer. The ICP community then votes on whether to include the Node Provider.

Node Providers invest in and operate the node hardware that powers the Internet Computer. Running these nodes in data centers provides the high performance and the cost-effectiveness of the Internet Computer.

The more diverse the set of Node Providers who supply node machines, the more resilient the Internet Computer is. You can support the Internet Computer and the IC community by becoming a Node Provider and increasing its decentralization.

This article is the hub for ICP Node Provider documentation.

Roadmap

To become a Node Provider, follow the Node Provider Roadmap, which explain the costs, rewards, responsibilities, and steps required to become a Node Provider.

Resources