Participation Clusters run nodes that validate transactions and produce blocks in exchange for participatory rewards from the protocol. Different node types exist on each protocol, according to its requirements.
Validators are the most common node type although they can go by different names on different protocols. For instance, the Tezos protocol calls validators, “Bakers.”
Other node types include:
- Transcoders on Livepeer which are used to rapidly turn video files into many different formats
- Relay Nodes on Algorand which are used to quickly relay data back and forth to Validators
Visit our protocol help articles to read more about the different types of nodes that run on each protocol.