The Solana network has not experienced any outages in the last five months and has been 100% available since February. The improved network performance marks a striking transformation from the previous year, when Layer 1 network outages caused severe disruption.
A new report released by the Solana Foundation said subsequent upgrades, including the deployment of QUIC TPU, stake-weighted QoS, and localized fee markets, helped the network handle high traffic and demand.
Solana completes an entire quarter without a breakdown
The foundation mentioned that Solana – run by a group of independent validators from around the world – has demonstrated improvements in various performance metrics.
This includes improvements in the ratios of non-voting transactions to voting rights. A voting transaction occurs when a validator votes to confirm one or more proposed blocks of information. On the other hand, non-voting transactions are those triggered by user behavior on the blockchain.
In the last reportthe Solana Foundation said it expects “to see the ratio of voting transactions to non-voting transactions decline because the overall percentage of voting transactions is expected to decline as the network becomes more efficient.”
Block production time – which measures how quickly the network adds more “blocks” to the blockchain – followed a consistent trajectory in addition to a spike during the February outage.
Additionally, average transactions per second on the Solana network have remained relatively similar since December 2022. Some volatility has been observed, correlated with high demand from the network, the foundation’s statement said. Maximum daily transactions per second have been steadily increasing since January. Data from Dune Analytics suggests that the network currently checked in 3,781 GST as of July 20.
Improvements across metrics were achieved after major developers rolled out upgrades that allowed the network to perform well in times of high stress.
Solana developers doubled down on testing while developing other network upgrades and initiatives, including increasing the maximum transaction size (currently limited to 1232 bytes). Simplifying the voting logic, which reduces the overall amount of data to transmit and store, is another aspect the developers are working on.
According to the Solana Foundation, the progress has helped cement its position in the Layer 1 space after its credibility was badly shaken by a series of outages last year.
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