Nodes are computers running the Elrond software, so they contribute to the Elrond network by relaying information and validating it. Each node needs to stake 2.500.000 ERD to become a Validator and is rewarded for its service. Nodes without a stake are called Observers - they are connected to the network and relay information, but they have no role in processing transactions and thus do not earn rewards.
2 x CPU, either Intel or AMD, with the
SSE4.2 flags (use lscpu to verify)
4 GB RAM
200 GB SSD
100 Mbit/s always-on internet connection
Linux OS (Ubuntu 18.04 recommended) / MacOS
In order for a node to be reachable by other nodes several conditions have to be met:
The port opened by the node on the interfaces must not be blocked by a firewall that denies inbound connections on it
If behind a NAT device, the node must be able to use the UPnP protocol to successfully negotiate a port that the NAT device will forward the incoming connections to (in other words, the router should be UPnP compatible)
There must be maximum 1 NAT device between the node and the Internet at large. Otherwise, the node will not be reachable by other nodes, even if it can connect itself to them.
To make sure the required ports are open, use the following command before continuing:
sudo ufw allow 37373:38383/tcp