Block Reward Contract - Wiki Parity Ethereum Documentation

Parity’s consensus engine allows using a smart contract for block reward calculation. The engine passes a list of benefactors and reward types to the contract which then returns a list of addresses and respective rewards.

Contract

The block reward contract has the following interface:

interface BlockReward {
    // produce rewards for the given benefactors,
    // with corresponding reward codes.
    // only callable by `SYSTEM_ADDRESS`
    function reward(address[] benefactors, uint16[] kind)
        external
        returns (address[], uint256[]);
}

The kind array should have the same length as the benefactors’ array. The function should return two arrays of equal length. One containing addresses to reward, and the other the corresponding balance increase.

Currently the engine supports the following types of rewards:

The reward contract will receive as input reward types of 0 to 2, and any reward attributed by it will be labelled as external (this is visible when tracing rewards).

The contract ABI as well as an example contract can be found here.

AuthorityRound

AuRa is currently the only engine supporting a block reward contract. It can be enabled by defining the address of the block reward contract in the chainspec and a block to activate it:

"engine": {
  "authorityRound": {
    "params": {
      ...
      "blockRewardContractAddress": "0x0000000000000000000000000000000000000042",
      "blockRewardContractTransition": "0x42"
    }
  }
}

If no blockRewardContractTransition is provided, it is assumed that the contract exists from genesis. You can define a constructor to deploy the contract when starting the chain:

"accounts": {
  ...
  "0000000000000000000000000000000000000042": {
    "balance": "1",
    "constructor": "6060604052341561000f57600080fd5b6102b88061001e6000396000f300606060405260043610610041576000357c0100000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000900463ffffffff168063f91c289814610046575b600080fd5b341561005157600080fd5b610086600480803590602001908201803590602001919091929080359060200190820180359060200191909192905050610125565b604051808060200180602001838103835285818151815260200191508051906020019060200280838360005b838110156100cd5780820151818401526020810190506100b2565b50505050905001838103825284818151815260200191508051906020019060200280838360005b8381101561010f5780820151818401526020810190506100f4565b5050505090500194505050505060405180910390f35b61012d610264565b610135610278565b61013d610278565b600073fffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffe73ffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff163373ffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff1614151561018d57600080fd5b85859050888890501415156101a157600080fd5b878790506040518059106101b25750595b90808252806020026020018201604052509150600090505b815181101561021d5785858281811015156101e157fe5b9050602002013561ffff166103e80161ffff16828281518110151561020257fe5b906020019060200201818152505080806001019150506101ca565b878783828280806020026020016040519081016040528093929190818152602001838360200280828437820191505050505050915090915093509350505094509492505050565b602060405190810160405280600081525090565b6020604051908101604052806000815250905600a165627a7a723058201da0f164e75517fb8baf51f030b904032cb748334938e7386f63025bfb23f3de0029"
  }
}

Limitations

Currently events emitted by the block reward contract when the engine calls reward are not observable. This is a limitation of how “system” transactions are implemented at the moment.