Validator Guide

Contribute to Carbon's security


Carbon uses the Proof of Stake (PoS) consensus model.

By processing transactions and participating in consensus, each validator plays a crucial role in ensuring the security and efficiency of the blockchain - one with a high level of resistance to censorship.

A robust community of independent validators forms the backbone of the Carbon protocol.

Why Be A Validator?

Validators of Carbon:

  • Earn a myriad of tokens (including $SWTH, the Carbon native token) from validator commission for helping to secure the Carbon blockchain

  • Help increase censorship resistance of the network by increasing decentralization

What sets Carbon apart from other protocols is that in addition to SWTH emissions, block rewards also include fee rewards such as network fees, trading commissions, and CDP fees.

Currently, about 80% of SWTH emissions are in circulation; In the future, once most of the inflationary pressure on SWTH has dissipated, block rewards on Carbon will mostly come from fee rewards, resulting in real yield.

As Carbon establishes its position as the core of DeFi and sees a surge in trading and money market activities, validators can expect to earn substantial profits by joining Carbon as a validator and participating in the consensus process.

Running a Validator Node

Set up a node by following the Mainnet node setup guide.

There is no minimum self-stake amount required.

SWTH token holders can earn rewards and help secure the network by staking tokens to one or more validators on Carbon's Mainnet. Returns/yield for staked tokens is based on the current inflation rate, total number of SWTH staked on the network, and an individual validator’s uptime and commission (fee).

SWTH initial inflation rate is 1.92%, decaying by 1.65% week-on-week. At the final Year 5, tokens will be issued at a constant rate (no decay).

For an overview of SWTH Tokenomics, click here.

To earn commission, validators must remain online and keep up to date with the latest software upgrade. Failure to do so will result in penalties and reduced rewards.

More information about penalties can be found in the Validator Commission section.

Post-Set Up

Running a validator successfully involves continuously participating in discussions, processing new blocks, and voting on governance proposals on behalf of your delegates.

To help maintain consensus, it is recommended that node operators maintain good uptime by being responsive and monitoring their servers closely.

Validators are also expected to respond to critical network events (e.g. restarts) promptly to ensure the security of the Carbon blockchain.

Community and Support

Validators are encouraged to connect with other members of the community and contribute to the growth and development of the blockchain.

Got a question? We have a very active community of validators on our Telegram and Discord channels. These are the best places to get technical support and ask questions.

Join Carbon as a Validator and become part of the community today!

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