Deploy a Pryzm Node in Minutes using Spheron Compute

Deploy a Pryzm Node in Minutes using Spheron Compute

This article delves into the seamless deployment process for a Pryzm Node using Spheron, a user-friendly platform simplifying node configuration and participation in the Pryzm ecosystem.

What is Spheron Network?

Spheron Network is a web3 infrastructure platform that provides tools and services to decentralize cloud storage and computing, allowing audited data centers to join the Spheron marketplace. The decentralized and governed nature of the infrastructure, overseen by Spheron, ensures permissionless access and heightened security for all users. Spheron Compute offers a feature-rich alternative to traditional cloud services at only one-third of the cost.

Spheron offers a Compute Marketplace, which allows users to set up useful tools quickly and easily, whether they want to deploy databases, nodes, tools, or AI. With Spheron, you don't have to worry about the technical stuff, and you can focus on deploying your Node with ease. Spheron Network has also partnered with organizations like Shardeum, Avail, Elixir, Filecoin, Arbitrum, etc, to redefine access to it and promote a more decentralized, inclusive, and community-centric ecosystem.

Spheron provides features such as Private images, Auto-scale instances, Scale on demand, Real-time instance metrics, Faster GPUs, Free Bandwidths, Terraform Providers and SDKs, Instance health checks, activity, shell access, and more. Spheron provides add-on storage solutions for long-term data storage and edge bandwidth acceleration through its global CDN. With Spheron, you can easily set up your nodes in just a few minutes and enjoy low maintenance and operations costs and a great developer experience.

How do you deploy Pryzm Node using Spheron Compute?

Deploying a Pryzm Node on Spheron is a simple, streamlined process that does not require any DevOps knowledge!

Step 1: Create a Free Spheron Network Account

  1. Visit Spheron Network:

  2. On the Spheron homepage, locate and click the "Free Trial" button.

  3. You'll be directed to a signup page. Choose your preferred authentication method: Web2 (GitHub account, GitLab account, or Bitbucket account) or Web3 (Ethereum).

  4. Follow the provided prompts to authenticate your chosen account securely. This step ensures safe access to the Spheron Network platform. After successful authentication, you'll be guided to a confirmation page confirming the completion of your account setup.

Step 2: Creating an Organization

1. Upon logging in, you'll be directed to the Create Organization page, where you can give your organization name and choose Avatar. Ensure the "compute" option is selected from the drop-down menu of the "Start With" option. Click “Continue”.

2. Next, you'll be taken to a new page. Click the "Create New Project" button.

3. Add 'Project Title' And 'Project Description', Click Create.

Step 3: Deploying a Pryzm Node With Spheron Platform UI

Follow these steps to deploy a Pryzm Node:

1. Choose "Compute" to use CPU-based instances for running containers.

2. Choose your desired Compute Type option under Compute Type.

NOTE: Please schedule a team call to gain early access to the "Spot" Type.

3. Click "Start from Marketplace App" and Select "Pryzm Validator Testnet" from the marketplace.

4. Select Region: Select your preferred region for deployment. Choosing a region closer to your users can improve performance and reduce latency.

5. Next, Choose an instance plan that aligns with your requirements. Spheron will recommend a suitable plan according to the Pryzm template, but you can customize it if needed from available plans or choose to 'Create Custom Plans.'

6. Next, Configure storage. You get 2 options to choose from:
First, you can choose storage from the available options or the custom storage option that fits your needs. This storage will be volatile and is erased when the instance is restarted, redeployed, or shut down.

Additionally, you get the option to choose Persistent Storage. Persistent storage will not be erased unless the instance is closed. If choosing persistent storage, specify the type of storage (NVMe) and Add a mount point.

7. Next, You'll be asked to provide a unique identifier for your node, a "Moniker." Think of the Moniker as a nickname for your node that will help you identify it on the blockchain network.

Click "Deploy" to deploy your node. Once your node is set up and running as a validator, you can view its status and activity through the Pryzm Validator Dashboard at this link.

8. Wait for your node to be fully set up. After it's provisioned, you'll see an option called ‘Overview’ in the dashboard; click on it to see all the details of the deployed node on Pryzm.

9. Now, Click on the deployed pryzm-validator-testnet and go to 'Shell Command.'

Step 4: Prepare Your Environment Before Working on Commands

1. Before adding any commands in Sheel, initialize your environment by running:

. $HOME/.profile

If you encounter an error that says /bin/sh: 1: pryzmd: not found, run the same command again to fix it.

Step 5: Create or Recover Your Wallet

1. To create a new wallet, type in the Shell:

pryzmd keys add wallet

Note: Important to write this mnemonic phrase in a safe place It is the only way to recover your account if you ever forget your password.

2. To recover an existing wallet, use:

pryzmd keys add wallet --recover

Then, enter your mnemonic phrase when prompted.

Step 6: Fund Your Wallet

1. Visit the faucet app at this link to request test tokens for your wallet. Enter the Pryzm address you got from the above step.

2. Check your wallet balance using:

pryzmd q bank balances $(pryzmd keys show wallet -a)

3. Make sure you receive at least 2 upryzm tokens.

4. If you don't see a balance, your node might still be syncing with the blockchain. Wait until the catching_up status is false.

5. Monitor your wallet on the Pryzm Explorer: Keep an eye on your transactions and balance by visiting Pryzm Explorer and entering your wallet address. This step is crucial for ensuring that your wallet has been successfully funded and correctly reflects the blockchain transactions.

Step 7: Verify Network Synchronization

Check the synchronization status with:

pryzmd status | jq .SyncInfo

Proceed when catching_up turns to false.

Step 8: Register Your Validator

1. Use the following command to create your validator, replacing placeholders with your information:

pryzmd tx staking create-validator --amount 1000000upryzm --pubkey $(pryzmd tendermint show-validator) --moniker "your-moniker-name" --details "your-details" --website "your-website" --security-contact "your-email" --chain-id indigo-1 --commission-rate 0.05 --commission-max-rate 0.20 --commission-max-change-rate 0.01 --min-self-delegation 1 --from wallet --gas-adjustment 1.4 --gas auto --gas-prices 0.015upryzm -y

2. Customize the command with your details: Replace your-moniker-name, your-details, your-website, and your-email with your own information.

3. Wait a few minutes after executing this command before checking your node on the Pryzm Validators list.

Cheat Sheet

1. Managing keys

Managing keys on a Tendermint-based chain involves securing and controlling access to cryptographic keys used for chain operations.

  • Generate a new key: pryzmd keys add wallet

  • Recover key: pryzmd keys add wallet --recover

  • List all keys: pryzmd keys list

  • Delete key: pryzmd keys delete wallet

  • Export key: pryzmd keys export wallet

  • Query wallet balances: pryzmd q bank balances $(pryzmd keys show wallet -a)

2. Managing validators

Ensure you've updated your moniker, identity, details, and website to match your values.

1. Create validator:

pryzmd tx staking create-validator --amount 1000000upryzm --pubkey $(pryzmd tendermint show-validator) --moniker "your-moniker-name" --identity "your-keybase-id" --details "your-details" --website "your-website" --security-contact "your-email" --chain-id indigo-1 --commission-rate 0.05 --commission-max-rate 0.20 --commission-max-change-rate 0.01 --min-self-delegation 1 --from wallet --gas-adjustment 1.4 --gas auto --gas-prices 0.015upryzm -y

2. Edit validator:

pryzmd tx staking edit-validator --new-moniker "your-moniker-name" --identity "your-keybase-id" --details "your-details" --website "your-website" --security-contact "your-email" --chain-id indigo-1 --commission-rate 0.05 --from wallet --gas-adjustment 1.4 --gas auto --gas-prices 0.015upryzm -y

3. Unjail validator:

pryzmd tx slashing unjail --from wallet --chain-id indigo-1 --gas-adjustment 1.4 --gas auto --gas-prices 0.015upryzm -y

4. Validator jail reason:

pryzmd query slashing signing-info $(pryzmd tendermint show-validator)

5. List active validator:

pryzmd q staking validators -oj --limit=3000 | jq '.validators[] | select(.status=="BOND_STATUS_BONDED")' | jq -r '(.tokens|tonumber/pow(10; 6)|floor|tostring) + " \\t " + .description.moniker' | sort -gr | nl

6. List inactive validator:

pryzmd q staking validators -oj --limit=3000 | jq '.validators[] | select(.status=="BOND_STATUS_UNBONDED")' | jq -r '(.tokens|tonumber/pow(10; 6)|floor|tostring) + " \\t " + .description.moniker' | sort -gr | nl

7. View validator details:

pryzmd q staking validator $(pryzmd keys show wallet --bech val -a)

3. Managing Tokens

1. Withdraw reward from all validators:

pryzmd tx distribution withdraw-all-rewards --from wallet --chain-id indigo-1 --gas-adjustment 1.4 --gas auto --gas-prices 0.015upryzm -y

2. Withdraw reward and commission:

pryzmd tx distribution withdraw-rewards $(pryzmd keys show wallet --bech val -a) --commission --from wallet --chain-id indigo-1 --gas-adjustment 1.4 --gas auto --gas-prices 0.015upryzm -y

3. Delegate tokens to your validator:

pryzmd tx staking delegate $(pryzmd keys show wallet --bech val -a) 1000000upryzm --from wallet --chain-id indigo-1 --gas-adjustment 1.4 --gas auto --gas-prices 0.015upryzm -y

4. Delegate the token to other validators, change <to-valoper-address> as you like:

pryzmd tx staking delegate <to-valoper-address> 1000000upryzm --from wallet --chain-id indigo-1 --gas-adjustment 1.4 --gas auto --gas-prices 0.


In conclusion, deploying a Pryzm Node using Spheron Network is a straightforward process that can be completed in just a few steps. With Spheron, users can easily set up a Pryzm Node without extensive technical knowledge, making it accessible to a wider range of participants. By following the steps outlined in this guide, users can quickly and easily deploy their own Pryzm Node and start contributing to the network.