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BoomPow Service

A BoomPow service requests proofs of work (PoW) from the BoomPow server. In order to prevent potential spam, we need to consider and evaluate each service individually.

Rules

By using BoomPow as a service, you accept the following conditions:

  • Spamming requests or acting with general malicious intent towards BoomPow, Banano network, or the Nano network is explicitly forbidden with the exception of pre-announced tests.
  • No availability, reliability and/or warranty guarantees are provided.
  • Failing to meet any of these conditions will result in revoking of your privileges to use BoomPow.

Apply to use

The easiest and fastest way is to reach out on the BANANO discord. You can also reach out through other social media channels which are listed on the BANANO Website

Just tell us about your service and what it's for, also include your website and any other information.

How to use

Using a middleware

The first and easiest option is to use the Betsy middleware to integrate BoomPow easily into your application. This approach is recommended if any of the following apply to you:

  • You don't want to change your application's code
  • You need to use BoomPow along with other work peers (more fallbacks than the server running the application)

We can help you get started with Betsy over at the BANANO discord.

Native integration

The second option is to integrate the BoomPow API into your application's code. This is more complicated and will not be compatible with other work servers - but it may result in slightly faster requests than using Betsy.

You can request work using POST requests or websocket connections. Websockets will be slightly faster, but they will also increase the complexity of the application.

  • POST requests should be sent to https://bpow.banano.cc/service/. An example is provided.
  • Websocket connections should target wss://bpow.banano.cc/service_ws/. An example is provided. You should try to keep the websocket connection alive.

Request

A request should be json-encoded and contain the following information:

{
  "user": "your_given_user",
  "api_key": "your_given_api_key",
  "hash": "block_hash",
  "id": 100,
  "timeout": 5,
  "difficulty": "fffffe0000000000"
}

Description of the fields:

  • user + api_key - you should receive this information after being accepted to use BoomPow
  • hash - this is the 64-character hash for which you need a proof of work. See the Nano documentation for more information
  • id (optional) - the server will reply to the request with the same id. Useful when doing multiple requests asynchronously (via websocket)
  • timeout (optional, default 5) - time in seconds (rounded down) before the server replies with a timeout error message
  • difficulty (optional, default fffffe0000000000) - hex string without 0x. In case you need higher difficulty for your work. If requesting work for a NANO block you need to specify a difficulty of ffffffc000000000 or greater.

Response

A typical response from the server will be:

{
  "work": "8fe6b617f9dd1ae9",
  "id": 100,
}

id is only included if the request contained an id.

In case of an error, the response will be:

{
  "error": "Description of the error",
  "timeout": true
}

The timeout field is only included if the error was a timeout, making it easy to check e.g., in python:

if "timeout" in response: (...)

During normal operation, the only kind of error you should receive are timeout errors. Any other errors should only occur during setup. If you find another error during normal operation, please create a Github issue with the information.

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