Glossary

TermsDefinition

API key

A simple encrypted string generated by users and verified by BlockPI Hub. It is a pass to use the BlockPI Network service.

Auto-Scaling

Setting of the following automatic purchase strategy when the current RU packages are fully consumed.

BlockPI Hub

BlockPI servers which manage the user system, node rating and authenticator system, and accounting system.

BlockPI Node Balancer

An algorithm BlockPI developed that governs how Gateways dispatch requests to HyperNodes.

BlockPI Testnet

A BlockPI Testnet is a network constructed for testing purposes. It consists of multiple instances such as Testnet #1, #2, and so on. Testnet #1 has completed in September 2022. Typically, a Testnet provides incentives and is open to third-party operators and users.

BPIscan

BlockPI Network explorer.

Epoch

A fixed period of time at the end of which statistics, rewards, and scores of HyperNodes are settled. One epoch is 24 hours.

Fisherman

A special kind of user, verifies that HyperNodes and Gateways are functioning properly in the same way as normal users sending requests.

Gateway

Distributed nodes which collect and sort users' requests, and route them to the proper HyperNodes.

HyperNode

End nodes that process RPC requests and send them to corresponding BlockChain Network

Pay As You Go

An option in Auto-Scaling. Directly deduction of the wallet balance for extra RU use if the wallet balance is greater than $0 and the RU balance is 0.

IPFS

A distributed system for storing and accessing files, websites, applications, and data.