## What is Nosana
Nosana will democratize CPU cloud computing. They help open source projects to build software faster, more cost-effective and secure. This makes Nosana the first decentralized computation platform powered by the Solana Network.
Most software runs in the public cloud. Public cloud consists of large server farms owned by big companies. As we move towards a more decentralized future, projects should not have to rely on these faceless parties for daily operation. Nosana believes that communities can provide the computation that is needed in a decentralized way. Furthermore, a strong community can keep a project powered for eternity. Nosana enables projects to move from the cloud to the crowd.
## Our platform
Nosana is a crowd-computing platform, where community members can rent out the CPU capacity of their devices to their favorite projects and earn NOS tokens. Most consumer hardware will be supported, making it a very accessible way to generate extra income. With Nosana, open source projects do not have to rely on Big Tech for their automation needs.
Nosana’s first project (Galactica) is focused on providing the compute power required to run projects' CI/CD infrastructure. Developers & supporters can use and share each other's compute power to execute their software delivery pipelines. Support others by running code checks or build container images and get NOS tokens in return. No technological knowledge is required, only a strong belief in the projects of the open source and crypto projects. CI by the people, for the people!
## The NOS Token
NOS is the native utility token that is used for:
* Fees for processing pipelines and running CI/CD checks.
* Staking NOS tokens to earn rewards and validate.
* Used for governance votes to determine how network resources are allocated.