【Network Introduction】Aptos

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Network Detail

Brief Introduction

Aptos is a web3 startup that builds the safest scalable Layer 1 blockchain. It was founded in 2021 and is based in Palo Alto, California.

Aptos will be built in part on the technology they developed in the open over the past three years. Aptos is using Move, the safe and reliable language originally developed for Diem. The ideas they conceived then are still relevant and will serve as an important foundation for a safe, scalable, upgradable Web3. Their plans for decentralization and permissionless access are progressing quickly and will be developed in the open.




IT1 (Incentivized Testnet 1): Decentralized Startup

Registration May 13

Begins May 16

Completes May 27

Major Deliverables

1. Registration and tracking website will be available prior to the start of IT1

2. Initially limited to 100 validator nodes (to be expanded in following later phases)

3. Tooling for decentralized network startup using GitHub

4. Documentation for running a production grade Validator


1. Perform decentralized network startup using GitHub / Genesis tooling

2. Remain online and participate through the completion of the testnet as measured by Aptos

IT2: Staking

Estimated start time: June

Major Deliverables

1. Staking and staking rewards support with test coins

2. Decentralized faucet support

3. Updated gas schedule, e.g., improved and well-documented cost for each operation within a transaction to make the cost of transactions predictable


1. Validate that staking, rewards, and delegation work as expected

2. Motivate validators to offer tokens via faucets to support distribution of test coins, delegation to validators, and ecosystem engagement

IT3: Governance and upgrades

Estimated start time: July

Major Deliverables

1. On-chain voting and governance

2. Lightweight state synchronization through backup and restore technology


1. Perform a decentralized network upgrade via the on-chain governance

2. Support new validators joining the network via backup and restore

IT4: Dynamic validator topology

Estimated start time: August

Major Deliverables

1. Support as many validators as possible

2. Validator DDoS protection


1. Final warm-up before moving to Mainnet

2. Validator DDoS validation

Teams and Partners


The team is composed of the original creators, researchers, designers, and builders of Diem, the blockchain that was first built to serve this purpose.

Linkedin HomepageStaff Page

Building Partners


Funding Rounds

Aptos has raised a total of $200M in funding over 1 round. This was a Seed round raised on Mar 15, 2022.


Aptos is funded by 17 investors. FTX Ventures and Three Arrows Capital are the most recent investors.

Funding News

Gaingels, Andreessen Horowitz, Tiger Most Active Investors In US Market In March

The Unicorn Report: Fewer Startups Stampeded Into The Billion-Dollar Club In March



Github Homepage

Blockchain Core Stack


On-chain discovery for fullnodes — no more need to advertise

Improved network topology, e.g., differentiate upstream, downstream, and peer

DDoS mitigations and evaluation for validators — both attacks from downstream fullnodes and validators

Inline health checks to reduce unnecessary contention on the networking stack


Dynamic validator sets, subcommittees

Removal of legacy consensus code

Deep Safety Rules integration via a reference model to minimize copy overhead

Key retrieved via environmental variables or configuration parameters

Safety data storage within consensus DB (rocksdb)


Fine-grained storage — current model leverages a blob store that limits the maximum storage capacity of a single account. Including native table extension.

CRSN (Conflict resistant sequence numbers) — use windows of eligible sequence numbers rather than a sequential field

Storage economics, anti- state explosion. Gas and state eviction.

Performance benchmarking and improvements, including per-block instead of per-transaction state authentication structure maintenance.

State Sync

Synchronization using the latest state and state output deltas rather than transactions

Backup and restore adapters for endpoints, e.g., AWS S3 buckets

Intelligence between consensus and state sync, performance awareness, and role in consensus (validator set or follower)


Improved transaction serialization and stickiness, including parallelized support for transactions on the same account

Eliminating or limiting validators broadcasting transactions


Enabling parallel execution of transactions

Reducing the granularity of merkle tree updates from transactions to blocks

Removal of execution correctness trusted computing base

Virtual Machine (VM) / Framework

Stricter enforcement on the mutability of modules, e.g., freezing versions for now and leaving open the ability for governance to enable it

Error types or richer errors from non-core framework modules

Modernized gas schedule that maps to actual usage — we’re still running on legacy gas schedule that offers little in terms of configurability down the road.

Support for parallelizable sequence numbers allowing “out of order” transaction execution for a single account also known as conflict-resistant sequence numbers

Operational Tooling

Validator and fullnode creation and registration

Key and Address rotation

Backup and restore in collaboration with state synchronization

Deep health checker

Retrieve and print managed node information

Retrieve and print on-chain information for a node

Validate fullnode / validator deployment, e.g., run a standalone testnet

Smart Contracts and Frameworks

Proof of stake, delegation, and rewards

Governance / DAO upgrade framework replacing the root account

DeFi or exchange app

Performance Tuning

Evaluate waste using perf and apply valuable changes across validators and fullnodes

Unified Tokio executors to reduce contention


1. Indexer to provide richer views of data, e.g., counts and lookup of distinct transaction types

2. Incentivized testnet registration and monitoring website

3. Wallet prototype/reference implementation Web extension and native

Coin transferring

NFT / Token publishing, viewing, transferring

WalletConnect (2.0) support

4. Visibility

Collect metrics from the ecosystem on node and tools usage

Validator and fullnode dashboard / scoreboard

5. VS code plugin with support for Aptos local testnet / devnet

6. Documentation for Aptos-core, Aptos’ Move, and Aptos’ Framework

7. Aptos + Move CLI along with documentation

8. Support node deployment with various tools. Provide deployment documentation (terraform, helm, kubernetes, docker)

Aptos Incentivized Testnet (AIT)



Registration has closed on May 19th at 5:00 PM EST.

May 13th — Registration date remains the same

May 19th — The last day for registration

May 23rd — Notification of acceptance

May 24th — Beginning of AIT1

Principles and Goals

Establish and promote the operator behavior that will lead to a successful Aptos Mainnet;

Emphasize the decentralized nature of the network;

Help foster an ecosystem for potential validator and fullnode operators;

Fairness and transparency in the selection process, success criteria, as well as the networks successes and failures.

Participants, Success, and Rewards

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Docs for Validators to Join

Run validator node Using GCP

Run Validator Node Using AWS

Run Validator Node Using Azure

Run Validator Node Using Docker

Run Validator Node Using source code

Connecting to Aptos Incentivized Testnet


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