# SnapDeal support

# SnapDeal Brief

SnalDeal is a sector proposed in FIP-19 (opens new window), which is launched on network15 upgrade plan. Compared with the huge overhead of the previous upgrade plan, which needs to complete the packaging process again and again, SnalDeal is quite lightweight, and its overhead is about:

  • Complete an add piece
  • complete tree d once
  • Complete one snap_encode, the cost is approximately equal to one pc2
  • To complete a snap_prove, the cost is approximately equal to one c1 + c2 Therefore, SnalDeal is quite attractive whether it is for the new real data storage requirements or the conversion of the stock CC sectors.

# venus-cluster support for SnapDeal

Currently, in the existing computing power schemes of lotus and venus, the support for SnapDeal is limited to a relatively crude way of manually triggering. venus-cluster was designed to provide a computing power production solution in the production line mode. For this reason, we provide a SnapDeal production solution that requires less manual intervention, which we call SnapUp. Its steps are roughly as follows:

  1. Batch import existing CC sectors as local candidate sectors
  2. Configure venus-sector-manager to enable SnapUp support for the specified SP
  3. Configure venus-worker, convert existing sealing_thread into SnapUp production plan, or add sealing_thread for SnapUp During the whole process, the user only needs to pay attention to the import and allowance of the local candidate sector, and the rest of the process will be completed automatically.

# example

The following takes a production cluster on the butterfly network as an example to demonstrate step by step how to configure the production scheme of SnapUp.

# Import of candidate sectors

Using the new util sealer snap fetch tool, you can import CC sectors that meet the limit (the remaining life cycle is greater than 180 days, which meets the minimum life cycle of the order) as local candidate sectors according to the deadline.

./dist/bin/venus-sector-manager --net butterfly util sealer snap fetch 1153 3
2022-04-15T04:28:03.380Z DEBUG policy policy/const.go:18 NETWORK SETUP {"name": "butterfly"}
2022-04-15T04:28:03.401Z INFO cmd internal/util_sealer_snap.go:53 cadidate sectors fetched {"available-in-deadline": 2, "added": 2}

# Observe the margin of the candidate sector

./dist/bin/venus-sector-manager --net butterfly util sealer snap candidates 1153
2022-04-15T04:28:13.955Z DEBUG policy policy/const.go:18 NETWORK SETUP {"name": "butterfly"}
deadline count
3 2

It can be seen that there are currently 2 CC sectors in #3 deadline as candidates for upgrade

# Configure venus-worker

The content that needs to be configured in venus-worker is mainly sealing_thread for SnapUp task, and computing resource allocation for snap_encode, snap_prove.

An example is as follows:

location = "/data/local-snap"
plan = "snapup"

tree_d = 1
snap_encode = 1
snap_prove = 1

cgroup.cpuset = "48-63"

cgroup.cpuset = "16-31"
envs = { CUDA_VISIBLE_DEVICES = "1" }

The computing resource allocation of snap_encode can refer to pc2, and the computing resource allocation of snap_prove can refer to c2

# Configure venus-sector-manager

The configuration content required in venus-sector-manager is mainly to enable SnapUp for the specified SP, the example is as follows:

Actor = 1153
InitNumber = 0
MaxNumber = 10000
Enabled = true
EnableDeals = false

Enabled = true
Sender = "t1abjxfbp274xpdqcpuaykwkfb43omjotacm2p3za"


  • The configuration content in the [Miners.Sector] block does not affect the operation of SnapUp.
  • Under this configuration, it will be possible to support:
    • CC Sector continuous production
    • SnapUp keeps producing if the local candidate sector has slack

# Precautions:

  1. Considering the computing resources required by snap_encode and snap_prove, if you enable both regular sector encapsulation and SnapUp in the same venus-worker instance, you may need to consider the resource competition situation, you can refer to 07.Example configuration of venus-worker external actuator (opens new window)
  2. Considering the distribution of persistent data in sectors, the venus-worker used for SnapUp needs to be able to access all persistent storage spaces (persist store) in a readable and writable manner at the same time, and ensure that they The naming is the same as in venus-sector-manager.
  3. Based on the above two points, we recommend using a separate device for the production of SnapUp, so as to avoid the complexity of configuration and operation and maintenance caused by the mixed distribution of regular sectors and SnapUp.

# Continuous optimization

The improvement and optimization of the SnapUp program is still in progress. At present, we mainly focus on:

  • Convert semi-automatic candidate sector import to automatic mode, or provide equivalent operation and maintenance tools
  • More candidate sector import rules, such as import by storage configuration
  • Aggregation of on-chain messages to reduce costs
  • Other optimizations and tools that simplify operations, reduce costs, and increase efficiency