TEA Project uses the terms mining and running a hosting node interchangeably. The TEA network's TApps run on hosting nodes that are controlled by individual miners on the TEA ecosystem. Any particular TApp may use multiple hosting nodes in the process of carrying out the computing tasks required by a TApp.
Interested miners can start hosting a node on the TEA network by purchasing a CML NFT and planting it into a compatible machine. Given that our machines require a hardware security module, GPS, and a publicly-accessible IP, AWS Nitro are the first machines that meet our requirement and are currently accessible to the public. During the testing epochs, miners will run simulated nodes using DigitalOcean droplets.
Miners are paid a gas fee by end-users who use the miners' machines when they wish to run a TApp. CML hosting nodes are chosen algorithmically based on many factors including uptime, computing power, and any special hardware that a particular TApp might use.
In addition to gas fees, CML hosting miners are paid for a public service they perform called remote attestation. A separate class of CML nodes known as private CML will become more prominent when CML nodes perform useful functions for home users without hosting arbitrary TApp code. These yet to be released private CML will be able to earn TEA through an availability attestation process. More information on the CML hosting profitability is available in our hosting profitability guide
Community members who wish to become miners have two options:
  1. 1.
    They can follow the AWS mining guide if they wish to run actual TEA nodes (currently in alpha testing).
  2. 2.
    They can follow the DigitalOcean mining guide if they wish to earn mainnet vouchers performing simulated mining on the tesnet.
Besides hosting TApps, community members can also participate in helping run TEA's state maintainer nodes. For further questions on mining, please consult our mining FAQ or contact us in our Telegram channel.