Factom 101: 3 Types of Nodes on Factom

Factom 101: 3 Types of Nodes on Factom

The Factom blockchain works differently than blockchains that were designed to move or trade value. It was built specifically to secure data and systems by addressing four key issues.

  • Volume - how large is the data that you can store
  • Velocity - how many items can you store at a time
  • Latency - how long does it take for the data to get stored
  • Cost - how much does it cost you to secure your data and systems

One of the ways that Factom address these obstacles is in how the network is structured and the roles that different nodes play within the Factom blockchain. There are three types of nodes within Factom federated servers, audit servers, and follower servers.

Federated Servers: Have the authority to write data to the Factom blockchain and receive compensation in the form of factoids.

Audit Servers: It is a read only server. It can double-check a federated server's work while waiting in line to become a Federated server.

Follower Servers: Can only make requests for transactions to be processed. These requests go to the federated servers. For example, if someone wants to make an entry or trade Factoids, those requests are forwarded a federated server.

You can learn more about setting up your own follower server by reading through how to set up a Factom Wallet.