A universal automation and deployment tool is something blockchain node developers are going to embrace with open arms. With a task flow based on orchestration, interactive SSH commands, and an extensible API, the tool can be deployed by developers to automate build and deployment workflows on blockchain protocols.
Helious Deployer on Phaeton blockchain is an automated node deployment tool that makes deployments faster and safer. Deployment becomes all about a few command lines. The language used to perform automated deployment usually does not impact the outcome. However, using the same programming language to write the code and deployment scripts is a good practice. By setting up the node, developers working in an independent capacity begin receiving a small income from the transactions from their node.
Understanding the workflow
The workflow enables developers to configure tasks, specify the order of execution, and determine if they should run synchronously or asynchronously. Configuration of the application can be done from the local development environment to the production environment. Phaeton protocol rolls out an exhaustive set of available configuration parameters.
Dashboard & nodes
The dashboard enables developers to see information like networks, nodes, deployed product details, node disk usage, node statistics, and activity logs.
Nodes Page has information such as node ID, network name, health, network created date, network’s region, online/offline status and action, including statistics, restart, stop and delete.
Phaeton protocol supports various ordering services such as Single Orderer Network, Kafka, and Raft, making Helious Deployer one of the best tools for deployment. Based on the requirement, the developer can select the type of ordering service. In addition, the protocol allows smart contracts to have their ordering service.
Batch timeout, batch size, and other parameters
Two key terms you need to be aware of at this juncture are Batch Timeout and Batch Size. Batch Timeout refers to the amount of time to wait after receipt of the first transaction to pave the way for more transactions before carving a block. On the other hand, Batch Size is a collection of three varied parameters that determine the number and size of transactions in a block. The Maximum Message Count points to the optimum number of transactions in a block. The absolute Maximum Bytes field denotes the total size of a block produced. Preferred maximum Bytes indicates the minimum size of a block.
Some parameters require developer input — demo mode or production mode — for network creation. When opting for demo mode, the developer can create a network with a single instance. It is the right option for a developer who wants to learn or conduct unit testing. Production mode, on the other hand, allows developers to go with as many nodes as they wish.
Effective monitoring of blockchain nodes on Phaeton requires a framework to integrate the data dispersed around the ecosystem, assimilate the events generated and conjure up visualization of the relevant metrics. Phaeton provides you with a modular framework, which supports several deployment topologies. In addition, the framework facilitates monitoring at the level of an individual node and the entire blockchain network.
The framework comprises a monitoring agent getting placed on each node and associated infrastructure. The agent can be relaying the CPU, I/O usage data, and memory and reading the logs generated. Furthermore, a log assemblage engine accumulates the streaming log information to process it further. Finally, a visualization mechanism consumes the collated data to provide an insight into the statistics, allowing stakeholders to perform analytical research. As a result, stakeholders view the individual transactions initiating from the dApps and the transaction processing on the entire blockchain. They also get access to analytical research regarding the usage of the underlying infrastructure by the consensus mechanism.
Smart contract deployment
Developers can deploy a Phaeton smart contract quick on a local node. To connect to the blockchain, the developer will launch a network node and deploy a smart contract. For this purpose, the developer merely executes a recipient-less transaction with the code of the compiled smart contract. Usually, developers first deploy their contracts to a test network before setting it up to a production network.
Each new node on the network contributes to the decentralization and reduces fees. Once deployed, no changes can be made to the smart contract. Therefore, the deployment of the contract would require a fee. Once deployed, the smart contract will have a Phaeton address like other accounts.
Running and maintaining blockchain nodes is generally a time-consuming and expensive exercise, consisting of many technical issues. Helious Deployer provides developers with an alternative to run full blockchain nodes with ease and efficiency. Developers get access to tools and infrastructure needed to set up and manage the blockchain nodes. With a robust framework for monitoring the nodes and ease in deploying smart contracts, Helious Deployer makes development much more efficient and faster.
For more information: www.phaeton.io