If you are running multiple rippled servers in a single datacenter, you can configure those servers into a cluster to maximize efficiency. Running your rippled servers in a cluster provides the following benefits:

  • Clustered rippled servers share the work of cryptography. If one server has verified the authenticity of a message, the other servers in the cluster trust it and do not re-verify.
  • Clustered servers share information about peers and API clients that are misbehaving or abusing the network. This makes it harder to attack all servers of the cluster at once.
  • Clustered servers always propagate transactions throughout the cluster, even if the transaction does not meet the current load-based transaction fee on some of them.

If you are running a validator as a private peer, Ripple recommends using a cluster of rippled servers as proxy servers.

Configuring Clustering

To enable clustering, change the following sections of your config file for each server:

  1. List the IP address and port of each other server under the [ips_fixed] section. The port should be the one from the other servers' protocol = peer setting in their rippled.cfg. Example:

    [ips_fixed] 51235 51235
  2. Generate a unique seed (using the validation_create method) for each of your servers, and configure it under the [node_seed] section. The rippled server uses this key to sign its messages to other servers in the peer-to-peer network.

  3. Add each node's peer-communication public key (generated in step 2) to the [cluster_nodes] section of each of your other servers' config files.