An incentivized testnet event

We’re excited to announce Solana’s incentivized testnet event – Tour de SOL! We want to offer our validator community an opportunity to flex their validation skills, earn tokens, and help strengthen the Solana network as we approach mainnet launch.

What is it?

Solana’s Tour de SOL will be an event in stages, each stage focusing on a different performance capacity that will be required to be a validator on the network.

Can I get started now?

Yes – the first step is to join our live testnet. If you’re interested in participating in Tour de SOL, we recommend you start exploring the testnet ASAP. Have a look around, introduce yourself to the other nodes, make yourself at home. We’ll be opening registration for Tour de SOL soon!

The forums are the best way to get up to date information on TdS.

Here we have an open discussion with the community on what is going right and what needs to be fixed.

What will I need to participate?

As of right now, there aren’t any technical requirements to start playing around on the testnet, have at it. Closer to TdS launch, we’ll be enabling GPU transaction verification which will give a huge TPS boost to validators with GPUs. Potential participants should plan on having their GPU hardware ready before the event starts. See our recommended Validator node specs here (specifically the “mid-range option” should be plenty of firepower)

Where can I stay updated about TdS?

Join our Discord for support from our team and to follow along for Tour de SOL updates and announcements (have a look in #validator-support). You can also find community support in our recently launched forums. TdS news will be announced on both channels so keep an eye out!


Inspired by Cosmos’ Game of Stakes we loved the idea of getting our validators involved early on in the project to help build out our global network.

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Validators, replicators, hackers, and malicious actors alike — You’re invited to take part!
On current iterations of the Solana Testnet, a network of 200 physically distinct nodes supports a sustained throughput of more than 50,000 transactions per second when running with GPUs. These numbers make Solana the most performant permissionless blockchain in the world. Thanks to innovations including Proof of History, Parallel Processing, and Proof of Replication, we believe Solana to be the fastest while most secure blockchain — and now it’s time to empower the Solana community to prove it.

Read the full TDS announcement post here.

Listen to the Tour de SOL discussion on the #nosharding podcast.