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Node Implementation - Networking

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Peering process

Initial peering pulls the IP addresses and domains from the node.preconfigured_peers setting in config-node.toml file. The default domain of is included, which contains a list of known nodes of high trust, availability and performance - mostly nodes maintained by the Nano Foundation. Due to the peering process defined by the protocol, this initial list is quickly expanded to discovery of the full network via random peer IP sharing on keepalives.