Nodes and surrounding infrastructure
Coinbase Cloud's platform does more than allow you to operate nodes on multiple blockchains. Both Participate and Query & Transact clusters are configured with the supporting infrastructure that allows for optimal operation.
For validator nodes, our Participate clusters provide you with 24/7 load-balancing, self-healing, monitoring, and alerting. This infrastructure helps your node stay online and perform well, even in adverse conditions.
Nodes in our Query & Transact clusters can be geographically distributed across providers and regions, creating partial or full redundancy. Requests are routed to nodes based on latency, and this setup helps ensure all requests are answered as efficiently as possible.
Participate clusters and Query & Transact clusters
Coinbase Cloud is the easiest way to run secure infrastructure on multiple blockchains. You can launch secure node clusters on Coinbase Cloud to participate in, or interact with, an ever growing list of blockchain protocols. If you want to participate in a protocol, you must run a Participate cluster. If you want to interact with a protocol, you must run a Query & Transact cluster.
Participate clusters consist of nodes that perform work on the blockchain, facilitating block production and validation to earn participatory rewards from the protocol. They participate in the critical operations of a blockchain protocol, including the governance and consensus processes.
Proof of stake is the consensus mechanism adopted by the majority of blockchain protocols that Coinbase Cloud supports.
With proof of stake, you can earn participatory rewards on the tokens you stake to your node cluster to help secure the network. Rewards are typically distributed to nodes in proportion to how many tokens are staked relative to the entire pool of staked tokens (e.g. a node cluster that is staking 10% of all tokens in the pool will receive 10% of the rewards).
There are 2 ways in which you can earn participatory rewards:
Directly by staking tokens to your node cluster
Indirectly from tokens delegated to your node cluster by your community
Each blockchain protocol determines the reward rate for staked tokens.
Once calculated, Coinbase Cloud deducts a participatory fee. The remaining rewards issued to you are your node operator fees, which you earn both by being a direct staker and by being a delegated staker.
Query & Transact clusters are composed of read/write nodes, which allow for querying and posting transactions to a blockchain. They can be used for blockchain reporting, confirming transactions, building distributed applications (dapps), and more.
Supporting node decentralization
Coinbase Cloud enables scaled decentralization by making it easy for blockchain participants to run nodes across multiple cloud providers and regions on all our supported protocols. Our geographically distributed node clusters use enterprise-grade security to scale responsibly.