Operator Guide

This guide contains the steps needed to set up and register your node for AltLayer MACH AVS (testnet/mainnet).

Minimal system requirements

  • 4 CPU

  • 16GB Memory

  • 50GB SSD

  • Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

  • Docker v24 and above

  • EigenLayer CLI

  • Full node with RPC service or managed RPC services for the target rollup

Minimal stake requirements

πŸ’‘ For smooth onboarding of operators, we will set the initial stake requirement to be 0.

  1. AltLayer MACH AVS Mainnet - 0 ETH

  2. AltLayer MACH AVS Testnet - 1 ETH

Supported token strategy

Beacon Chain Ether and all LSTs supported by EigenLayer are supported by our AVS.

Currently active AVS

  1. AltLayer MACH AVS - Fast finality for AVS Optimism Mainnet

  2. AltLayer MACH AVS Testnet - Fast finality AVS for Optimism Sepolia

Operator setup

Key generation and wallet funding

  1. Follow EigenLayer guide and Install EigenLayer CLI

  2. Generate ECDSA and BLS keypair using the following command

eigenlayer operator keys create --key-type ecdsa [keyname]
eigenlayer operator keys create --key-type bls [keyname]

πŸ’‘ Please ensure you backup your private keys to a safe location. By default, the encrypted keys will be stored in ~/.eigenlayer/operator_keys/

  1. Fund at least 0.3 ETH to the ECDSA address generated. It will be required for node registration in the later steps.

  2. Please submit the ECDSA address via MACH AVS interest form https://forms.gle/3A6xNWwRf9ip9CnN9.

Register on EigenLayer as an operator

πŸ’‘ You may skip the following steps if you are already a registered operator on the EigenLayer testnet and mainnet.

You will need to do it once for testnet and once for mainnet.

  1. Create the configuration files needed for operator registration using the following commands. Follow the step-by-step prompt. Once completed, operator.yaml and metadata.json will be created.

eigenlayer operator config create
  1. Edit metadata.json and fill in your operator's details.

{
  "name": "Example Operator",
  "website": "<https://example.com/>",
  "description": "Example description",
  "logo": "<https://example.com/logo.png>",
  "twitter": "<https://twitter.com/example>"
}
  1. Upload metadata.json to a public URL. Then update the operator.yaml file with the url (metadata_url). If you need hosting service to host the metadata, you can consider uploading the metadata gist and get the raw url.

  2. If this is your first time registering this operator, run the following command to register and update your operator

    eigenlayer operator register operator.yaml
    

    Upon successful registration, you should see βœ… Operator is registered successfully to EigenLayer

    If you need to edit the metadata in the future, simply update metadata.json and run the following command

    eigenlayer operator update operator.yaml
  3. After your operator has been registered, it will be reflected on the EigenLayer operator page.

    Testnet: https://holesky.eigenlayer.xyz/operator

    Maiinnet: https://app.eigenlayer.xyz/operator

You can also check the operator registration status using the following command.

eigenlayer operator status operator.yaml

Joining MACH AVS

πŸ’‘ Training wheels AltLayer Mach AVS will initially launch in operator allowlist mode. Interested operators can register their interest with us using this form: https://forms.gle/LmPABTNQcwJhw4UB7

Mach AVS Setup

Clone the Mach AVS repository

Run the following command to clone the MACH AVS operator repository

git clone https://github.com/alt-research/mach-avs-operator-setup.git

Inside this repository, we have configurations for various MACH AVS. Select the AVS you would like to run.

πŸ’‘ You can be an operator of different MACH AVS. Repeat the following steps for each MACH AVS

Change the directory to the network and MACH AVS you would like to run

AVSDirectory

AltLayer Mach AVS Testnet

cd mach-avs-operator-setup/holesky/mach-avs/op-sepolia

AltLayer Mach AVS Mainnet

cd mach-avs-operator-setup/ethereum/mach-avs/optimism

Opt-in and out of MACH AVS

For opt-in and out, copy the following env

cp .env.opt-example .env.opt

Update the TODO sections in the .env.opt

###############################################################################
####### TODO: Operators please update below values for your node ##############
###############################################################################
# TODO: Set the metadata url for operator
METADATA_URI=https://path/to/metadata.json

# TODO: Operators need to update this to their own paths
USER_HOME=${HOME}
EIGENLAYER_HOME=${USER_HOME}/.eigenlayer

# TODO: Operators need to update this to their own keys
NODE_ECDSA_KEY_FILE_HOST=${EIGENLAYER_HOME}/operator_keys/opr.ecdsa.key.json
NODE_BLS_KEY_FILE_HOST=${EIGENLAYER_HOME}/operator_keys/opr.bls.key.json

# TODO: Operators need to add password to decrypt the above keys
# If your password contain space, / or $, please use single quote to 
# encapsulate your password e.g 'mypassword /$'
OPERATOR_BLS_KEY_PASSWORD=
OPERATOR_ECDSA_KEY_PASSWORD=

To opt-in

πŸ’‘ Before you opt-in to MACH AVS, please ensure that

  1. You have the right infrastructure (e.g., cloud hosting) to keep the operator up and running. Non-performing AVS operators may be subjected to ejection out of MACH AVS.

  2. You have already been whitelisted as an operator for MACH AVS.

./run.sh opt-in 

If you no longer want to run the AVS, you can opt out by running

./run.sh opt-out 

πŸ’‘ It may take a few minutes for EigenLayer AVS and operator page to be updated This is an automatic process.

Running MACH AVS

Create the environment file

cp .env.example .env

Configuring MACH AVS operator

Update the TODO sections in the .env

πŸ’‘ The default path where your generated keys are stored in ~/.eigenlayer/operator_keys/

###############################################################################
####### TODO: Operators please update below values for your node ##############
###############################################################################
# TODO: Operators need to update this to their own paths
USER_HOME=${HOME}
EIGENLAYER_HOME=${USER_HOME}/.eigenlayer

# TODO: Operators need to set it ecdsa address
# can got by `eigenlayer operator keys list`, the address is in `Key Type: ECDSA`
OPERATOR_ECDSA_ADDRESS=

# TODO: Operators need to update this to their own keys
NODE_BLS_KEY_FILE_HOST=${EIGENLAYER_HOME}/operator_keys/opr.bls.key.json

# TODO: Operators need to add password to decrypt the above keys
# If your password contain space, / or $, please use single quote to 
# encapsulate your password e.g 'mypassword /$'
OPERATOR_BLS_KEY_PASSWORD=

Configuring rollup endpoint

πŸ’‘ As public RPC endpoints typically have a rate limit, it is highly recommended that you use managed RPC services such as Infura, Alchemy, or QuickNode for public rollups like OP Sepolia Testnet.

  1. Navigate to /chain-config/mach-config.toml

  2. Locate the fetcher and look for the variable url. Replace the value with the endpoint you generated from the managed RPC service provider such as Infura Alchemy. You should use either Optimism mainnet or testnet RPC endpoint depending on which AVS you are running

Running MACH AVS

To run MACH AVS, you may launch it using docker compose.

docker compose pull
docker compose up -d 

Facing issues?

Please feel free to reach out to us via the Slack working group.

Frequently ask questions

  1. How do I know whether my operator is running?

First, check whether your operator docker container is running, by running docker compose ps.

docker compose ps    
NAME                         IMAGE                                          COMMAND                  SERVICE                  CREATED          STATUS          PORTS
mach-avs-operator-node       public.ecr.aws/altlayer/mach-operator:latest   "operator"               mach-operator-node       33 seconds ago   Up 32 seconds   0.0.0.0:9092->9092/tcp, :::9092->9092/tcp
mach-avs-operator-verifier   public.ecr.aws/altlayer/mach:latest            "/usr/local/bin/op-m…"   mach-operator-verifier   33 seconds ago   Up 32 seconds   0.0.0.0:9094->9094/tcp, :::9094->9094/tcp, 9715/tcp
mach-avs-reverse-proxy-1     nginx:latest                                   "/docker-entrypoint.…"   reverse-proxy            33 seconds ago   Up 32 seconds   80/tcp, 0.0.0.0:9091->9091/tcp, :::9091->9091/tcp

Next, you can check the logs to see whether the services has been started or not

2024-04-01T17:04:29.613Z        INFO    logging/zap_logger.go:49        Start operator  {"address": "0xAD6B95793DD4D2b8e184FB4666D1cfb14871A035"}
2024-04-01T17:04:29.956Z        INFO    logging/zap_logger.go:69        Starting operator.
2024-04-01T17:04:29.956Z        INFO    logging/zap_logger.go:69        Starting node api server at address 0.0.0.0:9091
2024-04-01T17:04:29.956Z        INFO    logging/zap_logger.go:69        Starting metrics server at port 0.0.0.0:9092
2024-04-01T17:04:29.956Z        INFO    logging/zap_logger.go:49        start rpc server for got alert
2024-04-01T17:04:29.957Z        INFO    logging/zap_logger.go:49        node api server running {"addr": "0.0.0.0:9091"}

Finally, to determine whether your AVS is actively validating the target rollup, you can look for logs of the verifier container to see whether there is block validation activities

docker logs <name of container> 

[2024-04-01T17:06:28Z INFO  actor::scheduler] Validate block #166853(0x7ddde84c28da088639bb699a8982e206ca4aea4031fe37b2aa9c69fd23bac940) passed
[2024-04-01T17:06:32Z INFO  actor::block-fetcher] Finalized block #166666(0x747828ae5886e1c254462ab586a32ac2fd69f93c06af8b339819160997de3879)
[2024-04-01T17:06:32Z INFO  actor::block-fetcher] Latest block #166853(0x7ddde84c28da088639bb699a8982e206ca4aea4031fe37b2aa9c69fd23bac940)
[2024-04-01T17:06:36Z INFO  actor::block-fetcher] Finalized block #166666(0x747828ae5886e1c254462ab586a32ac2fd69f93c06af8b339819160997de3879)
[2024-04-01T17:06:37Z INFO  actor::block-fetcher] Latest block #166854(0x6f3029b754134107c4e341e1d37a4be99709b1781ba281a7d8483b5dc63b1dbb)
[2024-04-01T17:06:37Z INFO  actor::scheduler] Pre validate block #166854(0x6f3029b754134107c4e341e1d37a4be99709b1781ba281a7d8483b5dc63b1dbb) passed
[2024-04-01T17:06:37Z INFO  actor::scheduler] There are 1 block validation tasks waiting for result
[2024-04-01T17:06:37Z INFO  actor::scheduler] Validate block #166854(0x6f3029b754134107c4e341e1d37a4be99709b1781ba281a7d8483b5dc63b1dbb) passed
[2024-04-01T17:06:41Z INFO  actor::block-fetcher] Finalized block #166666(0x747828ae5886e1c254462ab586a32ac2fd69f93c06af8b339819160997de3879)
[2024-04-01T17:06:41Z INFO  actor::block-fetcher] Latest block #166854(0x6f3029b754134107c4e341e1d37a4be99709b1781ba281a7d8483b5dc63b1dbb)
[2024-04-01T17:06:46Z INFO  actor::block-fetcher] Finalized block #166666(0x747828ae5886e1c254462ab586a32ac2fd69f93c06af8b339819160997de3879)
[2024-04-01T17:06:46Z INFO  actor::block-fetcher] Latest block #166855(0x07fbc09cf59e93b965c471153d4fabbff38ed0f72a7a2da43a141861b500fea1)
[2024-04-01T17:06:46Z INFO  actor::scheduler] Pre validate block #166855(0x07fbc09cf59e93b965c471153d4fabbff38ed0f72a7a2da43a141861b500fea1) passed
[2024-04-01T17:06:46Z INFO  actor::scheduler] There are 1 block validation tasks waiting for result
[2024-04-01T17:06:46Z INFO  actor::scheduler] Validate block #166855(0x07fbc09cf59e93b965c471153d4fabbff38ed0f72a7a2da43a141861b500fea1) passed
  1. Who is running the aggregator and doing BLS signature aggregator?

AltLayer will provide an aggregator where your MACH AVS can connect to and submit the signatures for aggregation. Aggregator endpoint has been pre-configured in the configuration file.

  1. How can I run an RPC node for various rollups for MACH AVS?

  1. How do I know when I do not meet sufficient minimal stake requirements during registration? You will encounter execution reverted: StakeRegistry.registerOperator: Operator does not meet minimum stake

2024-04-02T19:05:40.535Z	INFO	logging/zap_logger.go:49	registering operator with the AVS's registry coordinator	{"avs-service-manager": "0xAE9a4497dee2540DaF489BeddB0706128a99ec63", "operator": "0x44220295991E4Fe4f3A4C5FE04E96B1b19960766", "quorumNumbers": "AA=="}
2024-04-02T19:05:42.162Z	ERROR	logging/zap_logger.go:57	Unable to register operator with avs registry coordinator	{"error": "execution reverted: StakeRegistry.registerOperator: Operator does not meet minimum stake requirement for quorum"}
github.com/Layr-Labs/eigensdk-go/logging.(*ZapLogger).Error
  1. Will there be token rewards?

There will be rewards for mainnet MACH AVS in the future. More details will be announced in the future.

  • AltLayer MACH AVS - ALT tokens

  1. I am unable to opt in and encounter Unable to register operator with avs registry coordinator

Please check that your ECDSA address is sufficiently funded. We recommend to maintain at least 0.3 ETH to ensure you have sufficient gas tokens for AVS registering, opt-in and de-registering operation.

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