Nodes for the Internet Computer are currently deployed through independent data centers located across the world that combine their computing power by running the Internet Computer Protocol.
Unlike projects like Bitcoin or Ethereum where a machine of any caliber can run a “node,” the Internet Computer has a minimum standard of technical specifications for each machine to ensure higher speeds, lower latency, and greater reliability. Additionally, unlike proprietary cloud and compute systems that are run by an individual organization, the Internet Computer is decentralized and governed by the Network Nervous System (NNS).
In order to deploy a node to the Internet Computer, the node machine must meet a minimum set of specifications to ensure a minimum level of computational efficiency across the Internet Computer. As the NNS scales the Internet Computer’s capacity, more and more decentralized nodes running the Internet Computer Protocol will continue to be added, allowing capacity to scale infinitely through subnets.