AElf Blockchain Boot Sequence

This section mainly explains how the AElf Blockchain starts from the initial nodes, and gradually replaces the initial nodes with true production nodes through elections, thus completing the complete process of AElf Blockchain startup.

1. Start initial nodes

We need to start at least one or more initial nodes to start the AElf Blockchain, and 1-5 initial nodes are recommended.

In the Getting Started section, we described the steps to start multiple nodes, you can follow the Running multi-nodes with Docker to complete the initial nodes startup (this section also takes the example of starting three initial nodes).

Since the default period of election time is 604800 seconds(7 days), if you want to see the result of the election more quickly, modify the configuration file appsettings.json before starting the boot nodes to set the PeriodSeconds to smaller:

  "Consensus": {
    "PeriodSeconds": 604800

2. Run full node

Create an account for the full node:

aelf-command create

AElf [Info]: Your wallet info is :
AElf [Info]: Mnemonic            : major clap hurdle hammer push slogan ranch quantum reunion hope enroll repeat
AElf [Info]: Private Key         : 2229945cf294431183fd1d8101e27b17a1a590d3a1f7f2b9299850b24262ed8a
AElf [Info]: Public Key          : 04eed00eb009ccd283798e3862781cebd25ed6a4641e0e1b7d0e3b6b59025040679fc4dc0edc9de166bd630c7255188a9aeadfc832fdae0828270f77c6ef267905
AElf [Info]: Address             : Q3t34SAEsxAQrSQidTRzDonWNTPpSTgH8bqu8pQUGCSWRPdRC

Start full node:

The startup steps for the full node are similar to the initial node startup, but the configuration file section notes that the InitialMinerList needs to be consistent with the initial node:

  "InitialMinerList" : [

Full node started successfully:

By checking the current node state, it can be seen that the full node is synchronizing, and the BestChainHeight and the LastIrreversibleBlockHeight are growing up. After catching up with the height of the initial node, the subsequent steps can be carried out.

aelf-command get-chain-status

  "ChainId": "AELF",
  "Branches": {
    "fb749177c2f43db8c7d73ea050240b9f870c40584f044b13e7ec146c460b0eff": 2449
  "NotLinkedBlocks": {},
  "LongestChainHeight": 2449,
  "LongestChainHash": "fb749177c2f43db8c7d73ea050240b9f870c40584f044b13e7ec146c460b0eff",
  "GenesisBlockHash": "ea9c0b026bd638ceb38323eb71174814c95333e39c62936a38c4e01a8f18062e",
  "GenesisContractAddress": "pykr77ft9UUKJZLVq15wCH8PinBSjVRQ12sD1Ayq92mKFsJ1i",
  "LastIrreversibleBlockHash": "66638f538038bd56357f3cf205424e7393c5966830ef0d16a75d4a117847e0bc",
  "LastIrreversibleBlockHeight": 2446,
  "BestChainHash": "fb749177c2f43db8c7d73ea050240b9f870c40584f044b13e7ec146c460b0eff",
  "BestChainHeight": 2449

3. Be a candidate node

Full nodes need to call Election contract to become candidate nodes. The nodes need to mortgage 10W ELF to participate in the election, please make sure that the account of the nodes has enough tokens.

To facilitate the quick demonstration, we directly transfer the token from the first initial node account to the full node account:

aelf-command send AElf.ContractNames.Token Transfer '{"symbol": "ELF", "to": "Q3t34SAEsxAQrSQidTRzDonWNTPpSTgH8bqu8pQUGCSWRPdRC", "amount": "20000000000000"}'

By checking the balance of the full node account, we can see that the full node account has enough tokens, 20W ELF:

aelf-command call AElf.ContractNames.Token GetBalance '{"symbol": "ELF", "owner": "Q3t34SAEsxAQrSQidTRzDonWNTPpSTgH8bqu8pQUGCSWRPdRC"}'

  "symbol": "ELF",
  "owner": "Q3t34SAEsxAQrSQidTRzDonWNTPpSTgH8bqu8pQUGCSWRPdRC",
  "balance": "2000000000000"

Full node announce election:

aelf-command send AElf.ContractNames.Election AnnounceElection '{}' -a Q3t34SAEsxAQrSQidTRzDonWNTPpSTgH8bqu8pQUGCSWRPdRC

By inquiring candidate information, we can see the full node is already candidates:

aelf-command call AElf.ContractNames.Election GetCandidateInformation '{"value":"04eed00eb009ccd283798e3862781cebd25ed6a4641e0e1b7d0e3b6b59025040679fc4dc0edc9de166bd630c7255188a9aeadfc832fdae0828270f77c6ef267905"}'

  "terms": [],
  "pubkey": "04eed00eb009ccd283798e3862781cebd25ed6a4641e0e1b7d0e3b6b59025040679fc4dc0edc9de166bd630c7255188a9aeadfc832fdae0828270f77c6ef267905",
  "producedBlocks": "0",
  "missedTimeSlots": "0",
  "continualAppointmentCount": "0",
  "announcementTransactionId": "8cc8eb5de35e390e4f7964bbdc7edc433498b041647761361903c6165b9f8659",
  "isCurrentCandidate": true

4. User vote election

For the simulated user voting scenario, we create a user account:

aelf-command create

AElf [Info]: Your wallet info is :
AElf [Info]: Mnemonic            : walnut market museum play grunt chuckle hybrid accuse relief misery share meadow
AElf [Info]: Private Key         : 919a220fac2d80e674a256f2367ac840845f344269f4dcdd56d37460de17f947
AElf [Info]: Public Key          : 04794948de40ffda2a6c884d7e6a99bb8e42b8b96b9ee5cc4545da3a1d5f7725eec93de62ddbfb598ef6f04fe52aa310acc7d17abeeea3946622573c4b0b2433ac
AElf [Info]: Address             : ZBBPU7DMVQ72YBQNmaKTDPKaAkHNzzA3naH5B6kE7cBm8g1ei

After the user account is created successfully, we will first trsnfer some tokens to the account for voting.

aelf-command send AElf.ContractNames.Token Transfer '{"symbol": "ELF", "to": "ZBBPU7DMVQ72YBQNmaKTDPKaAkHNzzA3naH5B6kE7cBm8g1ei", "amount": "200000000000"}'

Confirm the tokens has been received:

aelf-command call AElf.ContractNames.Token GetBalance '{"symbol": "ELF", "owner": "ZBBPU7DMVQ72YBQNmaKTDPKaAkHNzzA3naH5B6kE7cBm8g1ei"}'

  "symbol": "ELF",
  "owner": "ZBBPU7DMVQ72YBQNmaKTDPKaAkHNzzA3naH5B6kE7cBm8g1ei",
  "balance": "200000000000"

Users vote on candidate nodes through the election contract.

aelf-command send AElf.ContractNames.Election Vote '{"candidatePubkey":"04eed00eb009ccd283798e3862781cebd25ed6a4641e0e1b7d0e3b6b59025040679fc4dc0edc9de166bd630c7255188a9aeadfc832fdae0828270f77c6ef267905","amount":2000000000,"endTimestamp":{"seconds":1600271999,"nanos":999000}}' -a ZBBPU7DMVQ72YBQNmaKTDPKaAkHNzzA3naH5B6kE7cBm8g1ei

By inquiring the votes of candidates, we can see that the full node has successfully obtained 20 votes.

aelf-command call AElf.ContractNames.Election GetCandidateVote '{"value":"04eed00eb009ccd283798e3862781cebd25ed6a4641e0e1b7d0e3b6b59025040679fc4dc0edc9de166bd630c7255188a9aeadfc832fdae0828270f77c6ef267905"}'

  "obtainedActiveVotingRecordIds": [
  "obtainedWithdrawnVotingRecordIds": [],
  "obtainedActiveVotingRecords": [],
  "obtainedWithdrawnVotesRecords": [],
  "obtainedActiveVotedVotesAmount": "2000000000",
  "allObtainedVotedVotesAmount": "2000000000",
  "pubkey": "BO7QDrAJzNKDeY44Yngc69Je1qRkHg4bfQ47a1kCUEBnn8TcDtyd4Wa9YwxyVRiKmurfyDL9rggoJw93xu8meQU="

5. Become production node

At the next election, the candidate nodes with votes in the first 17 are automatically elected as production nodes, and the current production node list can be viewed through consensus contracts.

Quantity 17 is the default maximum production node quantity, which can be modified by proposal. Please refer to the Consensus and Proposal Contract API for details.

aelf-command call AElf.ContractNames.Consensus GetCurrentMinerPubkeyList '{}'

  "pubkeys": [

6. Add more production nodes

Repeat steps 2-4 to add more production nodes. When the number of initial nodes plus the number of candidate nodes exceeds the maximum number of production node, the replacement will replace the initial nodes step by step, and the replaced initial nodes are not allowed to run for election again. At this time, the initial node has completed its responsibility of starting AElf Blockchain.