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Solana Developers Edging Closer to Ease Congestion

Solana developers are moving closer to the update that will alleviate congestion issues engulfing the blockchain. Solana blockchain has been at the heart of the decentralized finance (DeFi) world in recent weeks, led by buzzy tokens and meme coins, raising the trading volume to its highest in March. 

Solana took centre stage as buzzy tokens, including Jupiter, Tensor, and Wormhole, elevated the on-chain trading volume to its highest last month. The network is, however, now a victim of remarkable success given the rampant congestion cases. 

Solana Developers Closer to Ease Congestion

The Helium Foundation chief of protocol engineering labelled Solana as sucking owing to congestion issues that cause transactions to fail. The challenge arises from the growing demand, thereby incapacitating the execution of basic tasks. The criticism from Helium Foundation’s officials adds to the public criticism alleging frustrations in failed transactions. 

The Solana builders have established a clear cause to address the congestion of users and end the series of accusations by several startups and applications. The developers close in on the solution or partial fix. 

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Solana Foundation’s strategy executive Austin Federa revealed in a Wednesday, April 10 tweet that congestion experienced arises from the QUIC protocol’s implementation. The congestion is identified as worsening owing to the unprecedented demand.  

Federa explains that the builders did not anticipate the demand for the Solana network to accelerate flipping the implantation from adequate to inadequate in a few days. He added that failure of planning hampers success, thus resulting in a tech debt currently witnessed within the Solana network. 

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Developers Assure Upgrade Looming to Improve Solana Network

Federa assures that the issues dominating recent discussions by developers have been on their roadmap to address. He explained that the Solana Foundation had channelled more resources towards addressing critical tasks such as the upcoming Firedancer client. Its unveiling will make Solana robust and avert past downtime and crashes. 

Each decision constitutes tradeoffs series that Federa admits could feature right or wrong moves. The experiences replicated the early 2022 experiences when the Solana network suffered accelerated demand that outstripped the systems’ capacity.  

The Solana Foundation taps developers assembled across the entire ecosystem. It assembles input from Anza despite being spun out from Solana Labs early this year. 

Solana is set to leverage input from Jito and the Firedancer team. A solution for the Agave validator client for Anza is scheduled for release on April 15, easing congestion. 

Anza engineer Rex John offered a screenshot capturing the Solana explorer on Wednesday, April 10. It revealed vastly improved ping times for the Solana network, though it was labelled a test, which was a likely achievement during the product’s mainnet unveiling. 

Solana Foundation has yet to issue a schedule for the public release of the upgrade. Also, the team has yet to confirm the ongoing development stage of the network. 

Accelerated Demand Outstrips Network Capacity

Solana network shows increasing trading demand despite members alleging other causes exacerbate the congestion issue. A recent project, Ore, is alleged to strain the network as it yields a mining experience that matches Bitcoin. A leading developer, Mert Mumtaz, who heads Helius Labs, argues that infrastructure firms running on Solana are leveraging the bug to optimize their profits.

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In an April 4 post on X, Mumtaz revealed the shameful incident where an infra provider knew of the bug on the mainnet. Rather than help combat the bug, the infrastructure firms exploit it to profit, thereby running the experience on Solana for all users. 

Solana developers rule out the existence of a single factor fueling the demand that stunts the network’s performance. The developers admit pushing hard to conclude tests whose deployment would yield improvement that will ease congestion in the coming days.

Federa acknowledged that while the process is time-intensive, the developers are optimistic about delivering the incoming fixes. Closing in on the solution to ease the congestion is timely as Solana witnesses record trading volumes.

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Stephen Causby

Stephen Causby is an experienced crypto journalist who writes for Tokenhell. He is passionate for coverage in crypto news, blockchain, DeFi, and NFT.

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