Install a Node - Using Kubernetes

Here you will find instructions for the deployment of nodes on Kubernetes using HELM. This implies that it will be executed from a local machine on a remote server. The local machine and the remote server will communicate via helm. The installation with kubernetes manifests is compatible with Google Kubernetes Engine.

During the process of node deploying, you will be asked about the network in which you would like to deploy your nodes. In order for your node to get permissioned, you need to complete the permissioning process first. In order to understand better what are the types of networks available and the permissioning processes for each network, please read permissioning process.

Minimum System Requirements

Recommended hardware features for Besu node:

Recommended Hardware

On Mainnet-Omega

On Open ProTestnet On Legacy ProTestnet (DEPRECATED)

CPU

4 vCPUs compute optimized

4 vCPUs compute optimized

2 vCPUs

RAM Memory

16 GB

16 GB

8 GB

Hard Disk

375 GB SSD

375 GB SSD

250 GB SSD

IOPs

70,000 IOPS READ 50,000 IOPS WRITE

70,000 IOPS READ 50,000 IOPS WRITE

15,000 IOPS READ 5,000 IOPS WRITE

Kubernetes: Google Kubernestes Engine GKE.

It is necessary to enable the following network ports in the machine in which we are going to deploy the node:

Besu Node:

  • Port 60606: TCP/UDP – To establish communication p2p between nodes.
  • Port 4545: TCP – To establish RPC communication. This port is used for applications that communicate with the node and may be leaked to the Internet.

Nginx:

  • Port 80: TCP – To establish RPC communication to Gas Model.

Pre-requisites

Install Kubectl

For this installation we will use Kubectl. It is necessary to install Kubectl on a local machine that will perform the installation of the node on a kubernetes clusterFollowing the instructions to install kubectl in your local machine.

Install Helm

For this installation we will use Helm. It is necessary to install helm on a local machine that will perform the installation of the node on a kubernetes clusterFollowing the instructions to install helm in your local machine.

Clone Repository

To configure and install Besu you must clone this git repository in your local machine.

				
					$ git clone https://github.com/LACNetNetworks/besu-networks
$ cd besu-networks/helm/
				
			

Node Installation

Preparing installation of a New Node

There are three types of nodes (Bootnode / Validator / Writer) that can be created in the LACChain networks orchestrated by LACNet at this moment.

 

Variable Values

There are three types of values which corresponde to the four types of nodes: bootnode.yml, validator.ymlwriter.yml. The values ​​you have to set are in the deploy section. These are the following:

Values:

  • network: Type Network –  main-net | open-protest-net | protest-net .
  • typenode: Type of Node – writer | validator | bootnode .
  • publicIP: TCP Public IP Ingress.
  • p2p – host: P2P Public IP Egress.
  • p2p – port: P2P PORT – Default (60606).
  • workerName: Name of the node worker where always the pod will be installed.
  • dnsName: Organization domain name (e.g. lacchain.com).
  • nodeName: Name you want for your node in the network monitoring tool.
  • nodeEmail: email address you want to register for your node in the network monitoring tool. It’s a good idea to provide the e-mail of the technical contact identified or to be identified in the registration form as part of the on-boarding process.
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Note: set Environment variable on values helm at directory /helm/values. type node bootnode file bootnode.yml, validator file validator.yml and write file writer.yml

e.g. set  Environment on helm values   at file  /helm/values/writer.yml. 

Set value to Environment Variable

TCP Public IP Ingress: Generate a static public IP in your cloud provider. Then replace the public ip in the load balance (loadBalancerIP) service manifest. finally update the publicIP environment variable with this IP.

P2P Public IP Egress: Outgoing p2p traffic to synchronize besu nodes. This is the permissioned IP for the network. Therefore, the pod must always be installed on the same worker node so that the IP does not change. We obtain the name and IP of the cluster nodes with the following command.

 
				
					$ kubectl get nodes -o wide
				
			

We choose a worker and update the “nodeName” value in the manifest of the pod we are going to deploy. finally update the p2p – host environment variable with worker IP external .

Note: We validate that the pod has been deployed in the selected worker with the following command.

				
					$ kubectl get pod -o wide 
				
			

Deploying the New Node

Depending type node you want to deploy, you need execute the following command (this deployment is compalitible only Google Kubernestes Engine GKE):

  • To deploy a Node Writer 

 W
				
					$ helm install <chart-name>  ./charts/besu-node --namespace  <namespace-name> --create-namespace --values ./values/writer.yml 

				
			
  • To deploy a Node Bootnode

				
					$ helm install <chart-name> ./charts/besu-node --namespace  <namespace-name> --create-namespace --values ./values/bootnode.yml 
				
			
  • To deploy a Node Validator

 
				
					$ helm install <chart-name>  ./charts/besu-node --namespace  <namespace-name> --create-namespace --values ./values/validator.yml 
				
			
  • e.g. deploy Node Writer on Mainnet-Omega network

				
					  $ helm install lacnet-writer-1 ./charts/besu-node --namespace  lacchain-main-net --create-namespace --values ./values/writer.yml
				
			

At the end of the installation, if everything worked a BESU service will be created managed by Systemctl with Running status. Aditional objects created are namespace, service load balancer, configmap, and volume.

Don’t forget to write down your node’s “enode” :

				
					  $ curl -X POST --data '{"jsonrpc":"2.0","method":"net_enode","params":[],"id":1}' http://<PUBLIC_IP>:4545

				
			

Result:

				
					"result" : "enode://d837cb6dd3880dec8360edfecf49ea7008e50cf3d889d4f75c0eb7d1033ae1b2fb783ad2021458a369db5d68cf8f25f3fb0080e11db238f4964e273bbc77d1ee@104.197.188.33:60606"

				
			

Don’t forget to write down your node’s “enode”. Remember that you need to provide the enode to be permissioned as indicated in the permissioning processAlso as part of the permissioning process, we need you to provide us your node address. Please get it by executing the following:

				
					$ curl -X POST --data '{"jsonrpc":"2.0","method":"eth_coinbase","params":[],"id":53}' http://<PUBLIC_IP>:4545
				
			

Result:

 
				
					{
  "jsonrpc" : "2.0",
  "id" : 53,
  "result" : "0xa08d3d8f68ba47deb401769e5ed39ff283e60a80"
}
				
			

Node Configuration

Configuring the Besu Node File

The default configuration should work for everyone. However, depending on your needs and technical knowledge you can modify your node’s settings in values folder writer.yml bootnode.yml validator.yml, for RPC access or authentication. Please refer to the reference documentation.

Checking your Connection

Once you have been permissioned, you can check if your node is connected to the network properly. Check that the node has stablished the connections with the peers:

				
					
$ curl -X POST --data '{"jsonrpc":"2.0","method":"net_peerCount","params":[],"id":1}' http://<PUBLIC_IP>:4545
				
			

You should get a result like this:

Now you can check if the node is syncing blocks by getting the log:

				
					$ kubectl logs <pod name> -c <container name> -f -n <namespace>
				
			
  • e.g. Node Writer on Mainnet-Omega network

				
					$ kubectl logs besu-node-lacnet-writer-1-0 -c lacnet-writer-1-besu  -f -n lacchain-main-net
				
			

You should get something like this:

Node Update

If you need to update the node, try redeploy the besu node: e.g. Node Writer

 
				
					 $ helm upgrade <chart-name> ./charts/besu-node --namespace  <namespace-name>  --values ./values/writer.yml 
				
			

If any of these two checks doesn’t work, try to restart the besu service: e.g. Node Writer

				
					$ kubectl delete pod <pod name> -n <namespace>
$ kubectl delete pod besu-node-lacnet-writer-1-0  -n lacchain-main-net
				
			

If that doesn’t solve the problem, open a ticket if you already have a membership or contact us at [email protected].

Contact

If you find any issue, you can open an issue on Github and contact us at [email protected]. If you already have a membership, you can also open a ticket.

Next Steps

Now that you have installed your writer node, you can follow our guides to deploy smart contracts, deploy private channels(using Ansibleusing Dockers, or using Kubernetes), deploy an IPFS node, and deploy the Hyperledger Firefly stack.

 

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