Lido on Solana, developed with the teams from P2P Validator and Chorus One, is a liquid staking solution for SOL. For more detail: https://blog.lido.fi/new-era-for-lido-on-solana/
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Lido on Solana Operator Procedures
Onboarding rounds are opened on an ad hoc basis to balance decentralization, node operator profitability, and the overall security of Lido's liquid staking solutions. Currently the Lido on Solana operator set is permissioned (i.e. operators are chosen by the DAO to run a validator) given current smart contract constraints and Lido’s focus on maintaining a balanced set of diverse operators.
The Lido Node Operator Sub Governance group (LNOSG) periodically opens onboarding rounds to balance these aforementioned factors. To learn more about the guidelines used to assess applicants across networks please see the Node Operator Evaluation and Decision Making Criteria.
For Solana specifically, the LNOSG is willing to consider three tracks of applicants: existing mainnet operators, testnet operators, and those not currently running any nodes on Solana. For existing and testnet Solana operators, applications are filtered through a very basic set of “minimum requirements”, which are:
- Minimum 10 epochs of operation
- Your node is currently outside the super-minority set
- Minimum 500 leader slots in total in the last 10 epochs
- Minimum 1 Solana node software update
The LNOSG is also willing to consider operators who do not currently run a Solana node, but have experience on other networks and an interest in expanding to Solana. This track will require additional information from other networks to better assess the ability to run a node effectively.
In addition to the factors above, the LNOSG and Lido on Solana team consider a strategy focusing on 1. Increasing decentralization of the network (including expanding the share of stake away from the superminority) and 2. Recognizing the importance of profitability and business continuity in order to maintain a reliable set of long-term oriented operators.
Prospective Lido on Solana operators should be aware that while SOL prices remain depressed their operations may be unprofitable. The Lido on Solana P2P team have developed a public profitability calculator that is available: Solana profitability calculator.
Another factor prospective operators should be aware of is the current structure of the Lido on Solana smart contracts. Operators must run their Lido validators on independent infrastructure from their existing operations, with a validator set to 100% commission and the withdrawal address set to a Lido identity. While the Lido on Solana team is working to change this methodology, updates will take some time and the current process is expected to be maintained for the foreseeable future. As a result, operators interested in joining Lido on Solana must be aware they will face incremental costs to run their validator setup.
The Lido forums are the best place to keep track of future onboarding announcements and other DAO discussions. If your organization is already operating validators and is interested in learning more about becoming a Lido Operator please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.